Police to seek injunction on Independence demo

tettehThe police administration has stated that it will seek a court injunction to prevent a group calling itself Concerned Ghanaians from embarking on a demonstration on Independence Day (March 6) in Accra.

This is because the group has vowed to go ahead with the street protest on the said day although the police have asked for a reschedule.

The Commander of the Accra Region, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Christian Tetteh Yohuno, who disclosed this in a telephone interview yesterday, said the legal team of the police service would be in court in the coming days to seek the injunction.

He explained that the move was to ensure law and order in the capital city, since the police would be unable to provide enough personnel for the protestors.

He further explained that most of the personnel would be deployed on the day to ensure adequate security as the country celebrates its 58 years of nationhood.

But the group said it would go ahead with the demonstration in spite of a directive by the police to reschedule the date.

In a statement issued yesterday and signed by Ofei Dei Goodfellow and Atick Yakubu, the group said: “After a careful and exhaustive consultation with the leadership and members. Concerned Ghanaians wish to announce that the demonstration scheduled for Independence Day will proceed as scheduled”.

“This is because the date is too significant to us and the good people of this country who have been plunged into hardship and discomfort as a result of the energy crisis. We can’t think of a better day and date than March 6 to exercise our constitutionally guaranteed rights to protest”.

According to the statement, “this is a march by peaceful Ghanaians and as such did not require full battle gear to police it. That is if the Police choose to do so.”

By Ian Motey

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