Police invite ‘Won Gbo’ demo organisers

Nana Akufo-Addo in smock, sandwiched between his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Mr. Alan Kyerematen, during the demo on Wednesday

Nana Akufo-Addo in smock, sandwiched between his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Mr. Alan Kyerematen, during the demo on Wednesday

The Accra Regional Police Command yesterday invited the National Organiser and National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu and Sammy Awuku, respectively for interrogations over breach of the Public Order Act.

The Accra Regional Police spokesperson, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Afia Tenge, told The Ghanaian Times the two together with one member of the Council of Elders were invited to explain why they and the protestors did not use the approved route.

According to her their statements were not taken but the police would decide on their next line of action.

“My superior will decide in the coming days and get back to you,” she said when pressed further.

The party on Wednesday organised a massive demonstration in Accra which was led by its presidential candidate for the 2016 general elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to protect against the erratic power supply in the country.

The mammoth protest, christened “Won Gbo” meaning we are dying was also to demonstrate against what the party said were perceived corruption, unemployment and hardship under the Mahama-led administration.

However protestors broke down police blockades and on several occasions defied the agreed route and rather the use of the busy UTC-Rawlings Park direction.

The police and organisers had agreed that the protest should start at the popular Obra Spot to the Farisco Traffic Lights, turn towards the TUC Building through Accra Polytechnic then to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and finally end at the Hearts of Oak Park.

The police then proceeded to court where they obtained an order to enforce the route for the march.

Instead of the agreed route, the organisers and demonstrators upon reaching the Farisco Traffic Lights rather marched through the busy UTC-Rawlings Park in the central business district to the bewilderment of the police.

It is thus being speculated that the leadership of the opposition party have been summoned by the Police to explain why they took that particular action.

Section 3 of the Public Order Act (Act 491) of 1994 states that “any person taking part in a special event shall obey the directions of police officers safeguarding the proper movement of persons and vehicles and generally maintain order”.

By Ian Motey

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