General News of Sunday, 25 January 2015
The celebrated Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye has revealed that he was once the lead police officer for former President Jerry Rawlings.
According to him, the position offered him the opportunity to be traveling with the former President while he was in office.
He, however, says his working relationship with the former military leader nearly caused him his job when the then opposition New Patriotic Party came to power in 2000.
“Immediately NPP came to power I had to cease talking to him, completely. NPP came to power and some of us were nearly sacked because there was that presumption that once I have travelled with the head of state before; because I travelled with Rawlings to Libya, once I was the lead policeman whenever Rawlings is coming I am automatically NDC.
“So eventually it had to take somebody like Francis Poku [head of national security in the Kufuor regime] to say that no we need to work with this guy… He (Mr. Poku) is somebody who understood what security is,” Boakye told TV3 Saturday.
Commander One as he is popularly called, urged politicians to desist from interfering in the recruitment process of the police and other security agencies.