General News of Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Former Member of Parliament for Asokwa Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Maxwell Kofi Jumah has cautioned Ghanaians and the NPP to disassociate the work of the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye, from politics.
The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye has disclosed that he nearly lost his job as a police officer during the NPP administration due to his work schedule which got him close to former President Rawlings.
He explained that he was forced to cut ties with his long term friend Okaidja Adamafio, the then Interior Minister in the 90s, whom he worked closely with while serving in the police striking force.
“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.”
According to the former KMA Boss, DCOP Kofi Boakye’s work in the Rawlings’ era as a bodyguard through to former President Kufuor and till date has been professional; advising that it is wrong to tag him with any political colors.
Speaking on Okay Fm’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, Kofi Ghana as he is known in political circles, revealed that DCOP Kofi Boakye was also tagged as NPP member when he was a bodyguard to former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
“No, he was doing his work as a police officer…when my mother died he attended the funeral rite. He is only doing his work…he was tagged as NPP member when he was a bodyguard of former President Kufuor and so in both ways he was tagged and it shouldn’t be like that,” he urged.
He however advised that those working in the security agencies should do their work with truth and honesty; emphasizing that the security officers should be careful not to get too close with politicians.
He was resolute that their closeness with politicians gives an opportunity for people to say things that are not supposed to be said; thus, it beholds on all Ghanaians to be careful on how close they get with influential persons in the country.
“Sometimes we should be careful on how we get too close to politicians; we should be close to them but we should be careful. when you go too far with them it gives an opportunity for people to say things that are not suppose to be said; all of us must be careful,” he advised.