Bishop Advocates Independent Appointment of Inspector General of Police

The President of Full Gospel Church International, Bishop Samuel N. Mensah has called for the review of the constitution to give room for an independent appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to enable the Police Service operate without Political interference as a way of addressing the mounting indiscipline in the country.

According to him, so long as the President appoints the IGP, indiscipline behaviour will continue to rise in the country because, politicians among other authorities would continue to interfere with the duties of the enforcement agencies.

In an interview with Bishop Mensah, he said, “it is very true that, there are so much indiscipline in our country, hence the issue should be addressed holistically.”

Independent Enforcement Agency

Bishop Mensah who is a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), pointed out that, the constitution should give room for a body to appoint the IGP so such office could be independent.

Ensuring this is implemented, he said it would not allow politicians to interfere in the duties of the police service and would make them function effectively.

“Politicians should stay away from the functions of the law enforcement agencies,” Bishop Mensah cautioned.

According to the Man of God, the Police can confirm that politicians do interfere greatly with their duties, especially in enforcing the laws, where politicians do call to plead for culprits to be freed because, they are relatives or friends.

“I strongly believe that, government alone cannot deal with this indiscipline, therefore the government under the leadership of the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo should hold a meeting with the religious leaders and let them know that, where we find ourselves cannot lead to national development so they can use their pulpit to address such issues appropriately,” Bishop Mensah pointed out.

Empower Enforcement Agencies

Bishop Mensah indicated that, the Police institution should be highly empowered especially when the enforcement agencies are mandated by the constitution to enforce laws in the country.

“The police should ensure that they will enforce the law as their mandate to address the rampant indiscipline in the country,” he noted.

He noted that, about 70 per cent of the Ghanaian population is Christian, adding that government should partner with religious bodies and leaders to employ appropriate measures to fight the canker.




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