IGP James Oppong-Boanuh

The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) says they are stunned by the hardline measures thrown their way to get their demonstration blocked by the Police.

“I think it is a bit surprising because we had written to the police in accordance with the Public Order Act, and we had stated clearly what we intended to do on the 21st of September. The police wrote back to us citing a number of issues which we disagreed with. So we’re through with some processes for the demonstration only to be hit with this court order. It’s actually novel, we didn’t know the police will go to this extent to prevent us from demonstrating,” the Executive Director of ASEPA, Mensah Thompson said.

Nonetheless, he said the group would engage its legal team to decide on the way forward.

“We will refer the matter to our lawyers, and we are hoping that our lawyers will advise accordingly. But we are disappointed with the police for going to this extent to stop the demonstration,” he told Accra based radio station, Citi FM.

It comes after the Inspector General of Police went to court to secure an injunction to restrain the group from pouring onto the streets following their insistence to demonstrate despite a police directive.

“It is hereby ordered that the respondents herein, namely ASEPA and Mensah Thompson or any other group of persons affiliated to the respondents are prohibited and restrained from demonstrating against an agreement passed by the Parliament of Ghana popularly known as Agyapa agreement which demonstration is intended for 21st September 2020,” the court order said.

The group had maintained they will defy the police directive to stop them from the protest since some residents in the Eastern region were allowed to demonstrate despite the concerns over COVID-19.