Court Orders Police To Provide Protection For GNUPS Demo

chief justice georgina theodora woodAn Accra Circuit Court yesterday granted an exporte motion brought before it by the Ghana Police Service to restrain the Ghana Union of Polytechnic Students (GNUPS) from embarking on a four-day demonstration beginning today to July 19.
The court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri, however, ordered the police to provide protection to the students for only two days at the Obra Spot near Kwame Nkrumah Circle where about 5,000 demonstrators across the ten regions are expected to converge.

The court further ordered the demonstrators to present their petition to the Ministry of Education and not to the supposed seat of government as they have intended.

GNUPS, on July 9, presented a letter to the Greater Accra Police Commander Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Tetteh Yohunu to provide its adequate security whilst they go on demonstration.

The letter signed by GNUPS’ co-ordinating Secretary, Mr. Amposah Menu, is seeking protection from the police for the four days demonstration beginning 10:00am each day, after which a petition will be presented to the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Parliament and Council of States, Foreign Missions in Ghana, Political Parties and later to the Office of the President.

However, the police in their affidavit in support of the motion, prayed the court to restrain the demonstrators from staging the intended. protest because of the security implications.

While imploring the court to consider the Flag Staff House as a security zone, the applicant maintained that the police are currently overwhelmed with other security challenges which ought to be addressed.

Justifying their reason for the motion, the applicant further averred that though it could not stop them from protesting, it could only provide them security for only one day.

That, intelligence gathered by the police was that the organisers are bent on entering the Flag Staff House, the seat of the government have serious security implications and, therefore cannot go to that extend.

Later on a telephone interview with Secretary of GNUPS Mr.Amposah Menu, he said the Union has rescheduled the demonstration to July 29.

Asked why they have intended to embark on demonstration, he said the government had not showed any concern as regards the strike by polytechnic lecturers. By Malik Sullemana

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