All you need to know about the Acting IGP, James OPPONG-BOANUH

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday, July 22, 2019, directed Deputy Inspector General of Police, James OPPONG-BOANUH to take over from his immediate boss, David Asante Apeatu who has been asked to proceed on leave prior to his retirement on August 14, 2019.


  • Masters in Human Rights –  University of Education, Winneba (2015)
  • (B.L.) – Ghana School of Law, Accra (1984) – Called to the Bar & Enrolled as a Member of the Ghana Bar Association (1984).
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Political Science – the University of Ghana, Legon (1982)
  • GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels, Dormaa Secondary School, Dormaa Ahenkro (1977, 1979)
  • Aboabo (Dormaa) L/A Primary & Middle Schools –    1963 – 1972
  2. 2017 – 2018  –  Director-General/Administration
  3. 2013 – 2017   –  Director-General/Services
  4. 2013                  Director-General/Police Intelligence and Professional   Standards (PIPS)
  • 2009              –  Director-General/Legal & Prosecutions

          –  Also acted as Director-General/Research & Planning.

  • 2007  –  2008 –  Regional Police Commander, Accra Region
  • 2006  –  2007 –  Regional Police Commander, the then Brong-Ahafo Region
  • 2005     Director-General/Welfare with  additional responsibility for the ICT Directorate
  • 2004              –  Director-General/Human Resource
  • 2002 – 2004   –  Appointed First Chief Staff Officer to IGP
  • 2002         – Secretary to Police Council, Police Headquarters.
  • 1997 – 2000   –  Senior Legal Officer, Legal Directorate, Police Headquarters.
  • 1996 -1997    –  Regional Traffic Officer, Motor Traffic Unit, Tema Region. Also      acted as District Commander, Community 1, Tema
  • 1990 – 1996   – ADC/Personal Assistant to the Inspector-General of Police.
  • 1989         –  Officer in Charge, Accra Central Police Station.



  • 2010 – 2012 – UNAMID – Appointed Police Commissioner and Head of Police Component of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (Mission) in Darfur (UNAMID)
  • 2005 – AMIS – Appointed Deputy Police Commissioner for the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS).

– Led the Advance Team to set up the Police Component of AMIS.

– Drafted the Police Component’s Concept of Operations (CONOPS).

– Acted as Police Commissioner for the Mission until the arrival of the substantive Commissioner (November 2005 – March 2006).

  • 2001 – CIVPOL Officer in the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor (UNTAET).
  • 2001- Personnel Officer at the CIVPOL Headquarters of UNTAET responsible for Transfers and Deployments.
  • 2001 (May) – 2002 (January) – Deputy Chief of Investigations/UNTAET.
  • 1994 – United Nations Mission in Mozambique (ONUMOZ) as a Civil Police (CIVPOL).
  • 1988 – Joined the Ghana Police Service.  Did two years training at the Ghana Police Training School and the Ghana Police Academy.  This included fieldwork at the Accra Central Police Division.
  • 1990 – Graduated from the Ghana Police Academy
  • 1992 – (January – March) VIP Protection Course, International Centre for Crime Prevention, Research and Study, Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1992 – (November) – Attended Intermediate Command Course at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
  • 1995 – INTERPOL Conference in Beijing, China.
  • 1996 – Senior Command Course at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)
  • 1999 – (March) – Attended the International Criminal Investigations Assistance Programme (ICITAP) Course organized by the Department of Justice of the United States of America, in Accra, Ghana.
  • 1999 – (May) A Seminar on the Techniques of Negotiations for Diplomats and Senior Police Officers organized by the Ghana Chapter of the Centre for Democracy and Development.
  • 2000 – (May) African Bar Association Biennial Conference, Accra, Ghana.
  • 2002 – (January) Advanced Management and Command Course at the Ghana Police Academy.
  • 2004 (1 – 6 March) – UN Civilian Police Service Management Seminar – Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra.
  • 2004 (13 – 18 October) – Standardized Training Module 3 Seminar – Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre Accra.
  • 2004 – UN Civilian Police Senior Management Course (KAIPTC)
  • 2006 – Strategic Leadership Course (Police Senior Staff College) Bramshill, United Kingdom
  • 2010 ECOWAS Senior Mission Leadership Course, National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria.
  •        Between 1984 and 1986 – Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Ghana Police Academy (National Service).
  •       1986 to 1988 – Legal Officer at the Legal Department of the Agricultural Development Bank, Accra.



  • 1996 – 2000 – Senior Legal Officer at the National Police Headquarters.
  • Advising the Ghana Police Administration on matters of the law – both criminal and civil.
  • Directing and supervising investigations by giving legal advice on case files at both investigations and prosecutions level.


  • Very good Computer skills in all Windows Versions as well as Microsoft Office Programs like Ms-Word, Ms-Excel, and Ms-Power Point.
  • Troubleshooting and minor repairs on computers.
  • Installation and upgrading of both software and hardware.


  • As the Regional Traffic officer supervised the introduction of the “Casino One-Way” thereby easing traffic congestion considerably in the Tema Metropolis.
  • As the Regional Commander for the then Brong-Ahafo, strictly enforced Patrols within the Region, especially on highways, thereby curtailing armed robbery.
  • Through dialogue and consultation, managed to keep the chieftaincy disputes in the Brong-Ahafo Region in check.
  • As the Regional Commander for Accra, I devised effective crime management strategies that ensured the enjoyment of peace by the residents of Accra and its suburbs.   The armed robbery was reduced considerably during my tenure as Regional Commander.
  • As the Chief Staff Officer to the IGP reorganized the Police Headquarters administration by introducing decentralization and giving each Schedule Officer a Secretariat with its own staff including a Staff Officer.
  • As the Deputy Police Commissioner for AMIS in Darfur led the Advance Team to set up the Police Component of the Mission from scratch. My team drafted the CONOPS for the Police Component.