Police Ignorant of Court Processes – Minority Leader tells police

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Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has said the Ghana Police Service is confused, as far as its suit against him and 19 other Minority MPs is concerned.

The State, through the police, charged the lawmakers with unlawful assembly after their Tuesday, 22 December 2020 march to the headquarters of the Electoral Commission to present a petition in connection with the Techiman South parliamentary results.

Apart from the Minority Leader, the others sued by the police include Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Samuel George, John Abdulai Jinapor, Rockson Defiamekpor, Ras Mubarak, Mutawakilu Adam, Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi, Dr Kwabena Donkor, A.B. Fuseini, Kwabena Minta Akando, Yusif Issaka Jaja and Isaac Adongo.

The rest include Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, James Klutse Avedzi, James Agalga, Collins Dauda, Abdul Rashi Pelpuo, Richard Quashigah and Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings.

The police also charged Mr Peter Boamah Otokunor, a Deputy General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress with the same offence.

Speaking to the media on Monday, 4 January 2021, the Tamale South MP said: “I woke up this morning to some piece of news on social media: ‘Haruna Iddrisu and Minority MPs to appear before court’. Let me state emphatically that the Minority leader and members of the NDC in Parliament are an integral part and members of the National Democratic Congress and we are law-abiding citizens of Ghana”.

“Regrettably, we don’t respond and we’ll not respond to social media invitations by the Ghana Police Service.  I have not been personally served as is the requirement of the law and many of my colleagues, [to], and, therefore, I should only be walking to court if there was personal service of that writ of summons but I should presume without fear of contradiction that the Ghana Police Service is allowing itself to be used a tool of manipulation”, he said.

Mr Iddirsu said: “I’ve repeatedly told you that I am not a coward and I don’t intend ever to be cowed by any machination by any person, including the Ghana Police Service”.

“They [police] have some confusion in their mind, they should seek to resolve the confusion – the Ghana Police Service”, he said, explaining: “I’ve seen names like Dr Zanetor Rawlings; she didn’t take part in the process, the Hon Adongo of Bolga didn’t take part in the process”.

“So”, he noted, “somebody somewhere rehearsed enemies that they are targeting for the purpose of humiliation and to project us as if we are not law-abiding citizens”.

“They should resolve those confusions in their minds and come back properly in accordance with law”, he told the police.

Mr Iddrisu wondered why the police are on their case when, according to him, the real criminals who perpetrated electoral fraud, are left off the hook.

“But even what is more remarkable and significant is that the criminals whoso declared results and denied us of our mandate in Techiman are walking free. What they did is in breach of law, in breach of process; nobody is prosecuting them. Nobody is prosecuting those who shot and killed the three persons acknowledged by the EC in Techiman. That is criminal killing, yet MPs presenting a harmless petition – and when I say the police is confused, you didn’t understand – they should go and get some training in terms of the law”.

He said: “What the MPs did what to embark on lawful procession, nothing more, not a demonstration; that’s why the Constitution in article 21 uses the words ‘processions and demonstrations’”.

“In any case”, he added: “Be informed that the NDC officially notified the Ghana Police Service that the party will embark on a number and series of actions. We are part of the NDC, we took part in that action but we took part in a lawful, harmless procession. Maybe, tomorrow, when you’re processing to church, they’ll stop you”, he said.

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