It was a spectacle on the 37 Military -Airport Cargo area road on Wednesday August 18, 2021 between the hours of 5:00 PM during the bumper to bumper when the Inspector -General of Ghana Police Service, Dr George Akufo-Dampare was spotted in the heavy traffic infront of the Aviation Social Centre road without the usual dispatch riders ahead of him.
The Acting IGP driving in his blackToyota V8 Landcruiser with registration number IGP 1 was following traffic turns on one of Ghana’s busiest roads in the morning and in the evening near Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
The acting IGP was without the usual blurring of sirens and dispatch riders instructing other road users to give way for the passing of the IGP.
This portal can report that the aura of fear of being instructed by the armed police dispatch riders to give way in a traffic gridlock was missing when the IGP drove in a two-vehicle convoy.
The two -vehicle convoy was made up of the IGP ‘s official vehicle with the police official flag hosited on the bonnet and a red Toyota- Tundra Pick-up with registration number UE 1140-13 packed with police personnel armed to the teeth following his official car.
Some officers who were on traffic duties in the area could not recognize the presence of the IGP in their jurisdiction and stood aloof while their overall boss passesby without them saluting him.
All indications point to the fact that the IGP was returing home after work at the Police headquarters in the Ringroad area of Accra.
This, according to drivers was in sharp contrast to the usual scene of top hierarchy of police personnel running through traffic jams at the peril of the life of their dispatch riders in the area.
‘Some of these top officers in the police hierachy speed in the wake of heavy traffic gridlock as if they were going to catch a plane only to get home to their wives and family persons.
A driver who was marvelled by the IGP’s action told this portal’s scout at the scene that some of the big men drive in heavy traffic with sirens bluring only to get their girlfriends waiting for them in a secluded hotel.
This is a mark of a leader who wants to have a feel of what Ghanaians go through driving in the Central Business District(CBDs) of Accra during the rush hours of the day.