Court Halts DSP Tehoda’s Eviction

court_emblemThe Police Administration was yesterday ordered by the Human Rights Court in Accra not to evict Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mrs. Gifty Mawuenyega Tehoda, from her official residence until the final determination of the substantive case of wrongful dismissal pending before it.

According to the Administration, Mrs. Tehoda’s continuous occupation of the official residence posed a security threat to the service and the earlier she vacated the place, the better, since the house was a duty post taking cognizance of the accommodation problems the service face.

But Mr. Justice Kofi Essel Mensah, the trial Judge, delivering his ruling asked when the plaintiff (Mrs. Tehoda) became a security threat and what the police administration say about civilians who also stay in or stay near security zones?

He said that accommodation was a human rights issue and as such, she was entitled to shelter and that any attempts to evict Mrs. Tehoda at this material moment that her case was still pending at the court was tantamount to a breach of her fundamental human rights.
The court order issued to the police administration is equally binding on its representatives, agents and assigns.

On the issue of acute accommodation facing the service which the police administration wanted to use as the grounds for her eviction, the trial judge considered it untenable, stating that the accommodation problem had been with the Ghana Police Service from time immemorial and that the plaintiff quitting her official apartment was not the solution.

DSP Mrs. Tehoda, is seeking redress at the Human Rights Court following her wrongful dismissal from the Ghana Police Service as a result of her alleged involvement in the mysterious “cocaine-turned-soda” saga, a case in which she had denied her involvement.

The plaintiff, was first arraigned at an Accra Circuit Court on January 17, this year and discharged unconditionally following a request made by the state prosecutors that a fresh case was to be preferred against her.

She was later charged with abetment of crime to wit “Stealing of Cocaine” on February 6.
The case has been adjourned to October 22. - Castro Zangina-Tong

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