The National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Sammy Gyamfi says the Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare was "intolerant" in his response to a tweet by the British High Commissioner to Ghana.
In a post on Facebook, Mr Gyamfi said the response to what he described as a harmless tweet had the tendency to undermine diplomatic relations between the two countries.
"There is absolutely nothing wrong with the tweet by the British High Commissioner which is what appears to have angered our celebrity IGP," Mr Gyamfi posted.
"If Dampare had apprised himself of Article 3(d) of the Vienna Convention, I am not sure he would have embarrassed himself and the nation this way".
Mr Gyamfi also alleged that the IGP's reaction was not surprising, given that harassment, human rights abuse and extra-judicial killings of innocent Ghanaians by some rogue elements in the Ghana Police Service were on the ascendancy.
"No wonder that harassment, human rights abuse and extra-judicial killing of innocent Ghanaians by some rogue elements in the Ghana Police Service is on the ascendancy. IGP Dampare must know that the Police Service, like any other human institution, is not sacrosanct and not immune from criticism. The least expectation of a leader worth his salt is to focus on cleaning up the battered image of the Police and restoring public confidence in the Service. Defending wrong-doing while snapping at genuine criticism is not the new dawn of Policing that he promised us".
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