A researcher with IMANI Africa, Bright Simmons, has chastised the Ghana Police Service over the arrest of the chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah last Saturday, calling the approach of the police as “illegal, oppressive behavior.”
According to him, the arrest of Mr Mornah and some 19 others of the Ghana-Togo Solidarity Movement, who were embarking on a peaceful march to draw the attention of international authorities to the political crisis in Togo, by the police was “not the law of the land.”
The Public Order Act 1994 (ACT 491) with which the police acted states that the “police may apply to any judge or a chairman of a Tribunal for an order to prohibit the holding of the special event on the proposed date or at the proposed location.”
Meanwhile the police has debunked claims that they had erred in arresting the demonstrators.
But Mr. Simmons believe the police did not act in accordance with the law and, for that matter, “should discontinue all ongoing investigations” against them and “apologise to them for the abuse of their rights.”
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