General News of Sunday, 6 August 2017
It is barely a week left for the current Inspector General of Police; David Asante Apeatu to attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 and therefore will have to go home barring last minute changes.
Even before the August 15, 2017 which is officially the day he is expected to kiss goodbye to the service as police chief, mynewsgh.com has gathered that there is the possibility his tenure may not be extended as he is reported to have personally written against contractual engagement of his predecessors to the police council in time past.
The ballistic and forensic expert leaves office as the 28th person to hold the position of IGP but there are already lobbyists eyeing his position.
Among the tall list it is gathered include; COP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, COP Ransford Ninson and COP Kofi Boakye among others.
It is however the prerogative of the President to decide who he deems fit to become his Police Chief.
The current IGP took over from John Kudalor who also attained the mandatory age this year.
Profile of David Asante-Apeatu
COP David Asante Appeatu served as the Director of the Specialised Crime and Analysis (SCA) Unit at the INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon France.
He holds a Masters’ Degree in Chemistry from the Kharkov State University in Russia and is a trained Forensic Scientist in various disciplines, such as Document Examination, Firearms and Ballistics, and Controlled Drug Analysis.
He is a Government of Ghana gazette Firearms Examiner and also a gazetted Controlled Drug Analyst.
Mr Asante-Apeatu has performed various assignments in Ghana, as well as outside Ghana.
Internationally, he had worked at the Sarajevo Police Academy as an instructor in Human Dignity, Police Ethics and Criminal Investigations under the auspices of the United Nations Task Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997 to 1998.
Nations Mission in Liberia (UNAMIL).
He was the team leader in investigations into the mass murder of more than 50 people, mostly West African nationals, in The Gambia.
In Ghana, he was the Lead Investigator in the serial killing of more than 30 women that led to the arrest of a culprit who was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death.
Under the supervision of Mr Asante-Apeatu, and based on intelligence, the CID successfully conducted an operation that resulted in the seizure of 588 kilogrammes of cocaine with the street value of about $38 million.