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‘Your argument with Parliament over Sosu is needless’ – Mahama tells Police

Former President John Mahama has charged the Ghana Police Service to stick to the laid down procedures to invite the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu, for questioning.

The Police say Sosu is a person of interest in an ongoing investigation following a protest he led on October 25, 2021, against bad roads in his constituency. They claim some of the protestors blocked roads and burnt tyres and destroyed some properties.

Insisting that the conduct of some protesters amounted to criminal activity, the police have been on a manhunt for the Madina MP to assist with investigations.

Francis-Xavier Sosu (L) and Former President John Mahama during a campaign engagement ahead of teh 2020 elections

After several attempts to arrest Sosu, including a police invasion of his church, the Police proceeded to obtain a criminal summons against the MP while he was out of the country.

The Director-General, Public Affairs Directorate of the Police Service, ACP Kwasi Ofori, said on Wednesday, November 3 that Sosu had been duly served and was expected to appear in court.

However yesterday, the  Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, told the court in a written letter that the Madina MP was out of the country on parliamentary duties and could not appear in court.

But before the court sits on the case again on November 16, former president John Mahama has waded into the matter, calling on the police to do what is right.

Je said when the people of Madina complained of bad roads, “the MP had to show leadership” by joining his constituents to protest and send a signal to the government that all was not well with their roads, especially when the Akufo-Addo administration has been touting unprecedented achievements in the roads sector.

“If you [the police] are investigating, the MP has a certain immunity…Follow the right procedure. You can’t arrest him and put him in cells,” he told the host of Tonton Sansan on TV XYZ, Prince Minkah.

“There shouldn’t be a stand off,” he suggested while commending the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Dr George Akuffo Dampare of trying to bring sanity to the country.

“The IGP, we know, is trying to bring a change but this argument with Parliament is needless,” he advised.

Parliament Declines Release of Sosu

This comes after Parliament refused a Police request to release Sosu, for interrogation.

In a letter from Parliament to the police, it said the Madina MP will be engaged in legislative proceedings elsewhere.

“I am directed by the Rt. Hon. Speaker to inform you that proceedings of the 3rd Meeting of the 1st Session of the 8th Parliament commenced on Tuesday 26th October 2021, and having regard to the limitations of articles 117 and 118 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic, he is unable to release the Member of Parliament as requested in your letter,” a letter signed by the Deputy Director of Legal Services of Parliament noted.

“The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament further directs that I refer you to the provisions of article 122 of the 1992 Constitution and to inform you that on Wednesday the 27th October, 2021 he referred to the Privileges Committee of Parliament, allegations of breach of parliamentary privilege and contempt by ACP Isaac Kojo Asante and ACP Eric Winful of the Accra Regional Police Command and the Adenta Divisional Command respectively,” the letter added.

 

Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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