Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene has stated emphatically that he did not lobby for the promotion of the Ashanti Regional Police Commander from the rank of DCOP to COP.
The Asantehene explained that COP Kofi Boakye was promoted to Commissioner of Police (COP) on merit.
According to him, Mr. Kofi Boakye’s promotion was long overdue and needed to be promoted, hence his recommendation to President John
Dramani Mahama to consider promoting him if he was due and qualified.
Otumfuo said he made the suggestion based on Kofi Boakye’s good works in the region, in terms of fighting crimes and maintenance of law and order.
The King’s explanation came when the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. John Kudalor called on Otumfuo at the Manhyia Palace yesterday, as part of his visit to the region to assess the security situation, ahead of the November 7 elections.
He stated that he would not even lobby for anyone who does not deserve it, stressing that he would lobby for industrious people like Kofi Boakye and entreated the police to always stand by the truth if they want the public trust and support at all time.
According to Otumfuo, the police administration does not belong to one political party, and for that matter, needed to remain neutral in the performance of their duty, deal with anyone who goes contrary to the law irrespective of his or her political affiliations and desist from the act of bribery and avoid selective justice.
He reminded the IGP that, the fact that he was appointed as the head of the police administration by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) does not make him to always do the bidding the of the NDC but ensure that, he performs his duties as the constitution demands to enable the public respect the police and also give them the necessary assistance.
The IGP Dr. John Kudalor, commended Otumfuo for his assistance to the Police, not in the region alone and called for Otumfuo’s support to the police administration towards peaceful elections in which the results would be accepted by all.
The Police Boss said Otumfuo’s peace efforts throughout the country were commendable.