Daniel Bugri Naabu, the former Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has admitted that he hired someone to record the conversation on the tape that was released and allegedly contained a conspiracy to assassinate Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector General of Police.
Bugri Naabu stated in a Monday statement before the Parliamentary Ad-Hoc Committee looking into the audio leak, “I didn’t do it myself but I requested someone who understands how to do the recording to come and do it for me. I went to the mall and bought this common tape without using a phone.
Because the subjects being addressed were so important, Mr. Naabu indicated that he had to record the conversation with the three senior police officers in order to have documentation to show the president.
He further disclosed that President Akufo-Addo received a copy of the recording that had been leaked.
The contentious recording that was allegedly leaked and said to show a plot to depose Inspector General of Police Dr. George Akuffo Dampare also received confirmation from the former Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP.
Bugri Naabu acknowledged openly that he and three other senior police officers did in fact have the important conversation that caused so much uproar.
Former NPP Northern Regional Chairman Daniel Bugri Naabu has also admitted that he was terrified when some senior police officers warned him that the current Inspector General of Police, George Dampare, would probably lead to the NPP’s demise in the general elections of 2024.
According to Naabu, who testified before a Parliamentary Ad-Hoc Committee formed to look into a rumored plot to depose the IGP, Dampare is not a member of the NPP, which will make things tough for the party in the future elections.
Naabu claimed that he was so alarmed by the allegations that he even called the interior minister to inquire about them. However, the minister did not answer.
“Commander Asare said he wanted to come and see me and let me talk to the president about the current IGP because he is not NPP and that will be difficult for us going into the 2024 elections, and so I told him that I will verify the claims myself before telling the president because I didn’t want to say something that is not true.”
Mr. Naabu further indicated that he was told the IGP would scheme his way through during the hotly contested Assin North by-election to deny the NPP victory which indeed occurred and that left him scared.
“Commander Asare even told me that if we let the IGP goes to Assin North, we would lose the by-election and I was scared. He told me that with ten days to the by-election, with the IGP there, we would end up with nothing, so I started talking to people in the police to verify the claims. I even called the Interior Minister, and he did not pick up my call.”
He claimed that the top officers’ demands worried him, which is why he decided to videotape them to make it tough for any refusal.
The Ad-Hoc Committee is led by the acclaimed Samuel Atta Akyea, Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, and its members include Dr. Isaac Lartey Annan, an expert in law and human rights.
The purpose of this panel is to look into both the veracity of the recording that was released and the complex claims that have drawn the attention of the country.