The Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, DCOP George Alex Mensah, has rejected claims that the masked gunmen who caused mayhem during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election in a SWAT-branded vehicle were from the police.
DCOP Mensah, who appeared before a Commission of Inquiry tasked to probe the gun violence, told the panel that he is unaware of the operations of the fully-geared, gun-wielding masked men.
“I did not know who the masked men were. I will be surprised that they were members of the SWAT team. That vehicle is not part of those under my command and the police have never used that vehicle before,” he said on Friday, 15 January 2019.
He revealed: “No other unit took part in the policing of the elections.”
DCOP Mensah’s testimony falls in line with that of the Minister for the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, who also revealed to the Commission that none of the police officers deployed during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election wore a mask.