Police turn down request Captain Smart, three others to stage armed demo on June 4th

In a press release from the security agency, it is stated that on May 29, 2022, Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah, Captain Godsbrain Smart, Benjamin Darko, and Oliver Barker-Vormawor notified the Accra Regional Police Command of their plan to conduct a demonstration.

The letter informed the police, among other things, that the demonstrators intend to begin a three-day rally on June 4, 2022.

According to the organizers, the demonstrators intend to hire a private security firm to guard demonstrators armed with guns who would picket the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and demand to address the nation directly on GTV and outline their grievances.

The Ghana Police Service, having received the notice and seen the request, has issued a press release saying that it cannot grant permission since it violates the Public Order Act of 1994. (Act 49).

“We wish to reassure the public that the Police Service is prepared and eager to offer the necessary protection for any lawful demonstration in the country.

“However, in this instance, the Service is of the opinion that the intended nature and character of the demonstration is in violation of the Public Order Act.

A portion of a Police press statement states, “We are consequently unable to provide protection for a demonstration that is in flagrant violation of the Public Order Act, 1994 (Act 49) and has the potential to result in a breach of public order and public safety.”

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