The Northern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah, has disclosed that he nearly lost his job after a picture of the Northern Regional Minister in a police vehicle with a ‘wrong caption’ went viral on Facebook and other social media networks.
It would be recalled that about a month ago a picture emerged where the Minister also an NDC parliamentary candidate for the Walewale constituency, Abubakari Abdallah, was seen in a police vehicle waving at a charged crowd of sympathizers.
The picture which flooded social media, especially Facebook suggested the Minister was using the police vehicle to campaign.
The Northern regional police command came under a heavy public backlash over the picture.
DCOP Yeboah lamented how people are hiding behind social media to champion certain agenda at the detriment of the peace of Ghana.
His comments follow a consideration by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor to block all social media platforms on the eve and during the November elections to safeguard the country’s peace.
“Recently, the regional minister, I’m sure you all heard it, when he was appointed, went to Walewale to introduce himself to the chiefs, in fact, it was not his first time, he was going to so many places; Naayiri and other places.
“So, when he got to Walewale, it was after mosque the people came and everybody wanted to greet, wave him and there was no way, the traffic had jammed so he just came out of his vehicle, stood in the police vehicle to wave at the crowd so that the people would just go away and then [people said] the police have given their vehicle to the regional minister to campaign… It nearly caused my job, but fortunately there was no party colours anywhere, that saved us,” the commander clarified during a forum in Tamale organized by the National Media Commission to launch an election project.
He also advised journalists in the region to be circumspect in their reportage.
Source: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/Eliasu Tanko