Y’awu Oo!

“If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.” Kahlil Gibran

DAVID ASANTE – APEATU is, or was, by all standards (someone would say: to all intents and purposes), a fine policeman. On 1 st January, 2017, the President, Nana Addo appointed him IGP granting him a two-year contract and he took over from Dr. John Kudalor. On 22 nd July, 2019 – with some three weeks to his official retirement- the President asked him “to proceed on leave”, Oppong-Boanuh was to take over from him.

The former IGP summed up his belief in Ghana and his profession thus: “…I am proud to be a Ghanaian (and) a serving member of the Ghana Police Service, and it is this pride and strong sense of purpose that allows me to carry myself with dignity to be able to strive for excellence in all that I have done in Ghana and internationally”.

After obtaining the MSc in Chemistry at Kharkov State University (Ukraine) in 1985, Asante – Apeatu returned to Ghana and enrolled at the Ghana Police College in Accra in 1988. He was posted to Tumu as a District Officer. He became a government analyst (at the Forensic Laboratory). He took up international appointments in France, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Liberia and the Gambia. He also investigated the serial killing of over 30 women in 1988 in Accra; the $38 million cocaine haul; the murder of Roko Frimpong, the Vice President of Ghana Commercial Bank and the murder of Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani.

Apeatu is certainly not the first, nor will he be the last IGP. After E. R. T. Madjitey, the first Ghanaian head of the Police took over from the Briton Arthur Lewin Alexander in October, 1958, Ghanaians have been running the show as IGP including JWK Harlley, (January 1965 – February 1966); B. A. Yakubu (September, 1969 – June 1971); R. D. Ampaw (June 1971 – January 1972); J. H. Cobbina (January 1972 – September, 1974); Ernest Ako (September 1974 – July 1978); B.S.K. Kwakye (July 1978 – June 1979); C. O. Lamptey (June 1979 – November 1979), F. P. Kyei (November 1979 – October 19810, R. K. Kublenu (October 1981 – March 1984); S.S. Omane (March 1984 – June1986), C. K. Dewornu (June 1986 – December, 1989); Peter Nanfuri (October 1996 – January 2001); Patrick K. Acheampong (March 2005 – […]

Stay in the Know!

Sign up for the latest news and information on African Companies and Economy.

By signing up, you agree to receive MoneyInAfrica offers, promotions and other commercial messages. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Leave a Reply