The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante-Apeatu, has been given a two-year extension of service as IGP.
This follows a recommendation by the Ghana Police Service Council that Mr Asante-Apeatu be granted a two-year extension of service with effect from August 15, 2017.
A letter signed by Nana Asante Bediatuo, the Secretary to the President, dated August 1, 2017 to Mr Asante-Apeatu and copied to the Vice-President, the Chief of Staff, the Minister for the Interior and the Ghana Police Service Council, said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had granted the request for the two-year extension.
“The extension of service will end on 14th August, 2019,” it said.
Mr Asante-Apeatu was due to retire on August 14, 2017.
However, per Article 199 Clause 4 of the 1992 Constitution as amended by Section 6 of the 1992 Constitution Act 527, 1996 (Amendment), the President has the prerogative to extend the service of a public officer on reaching the retirement age of 60 years.
Clause 4 of the amended Act provides that: “Notwithstanding clause (1) of this article, a public officer, who has retired from the public service after attaining the age of 60 years, may, where the exigencies of the service require, be engaged for a limited period of not more than two years at a time but not exceeding five years in all and upon such other terms and conditions as the appointing authority shall determine.”
Mr Asante-Apeatu was appointed IGP in January this year following the retirement of Mr John Kudalor.
Until his assumption of office as IGP, Mr Asante-Apeatu was the Director-General, Research and Planning of the Ghana Police Service.
He was once the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Service.
In 2007, he was appointed Director of the Specialised Crime and Analysis (SCA) Unit at the INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France.
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.
He was the team leader in a successful homicide investigation under the request of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNAMIL).
Mr Asante-Apeatu 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 had been 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 in 2006.