#OccupyBoG protest: Police injunction forces Minority to suspend protest

An injunction filed by the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, has forced the Minority in Parliament to suspend its intended picketing at the Bank of Ghana (BoG).

The Minority planned on the #OccupyBoG to protest for the resignation of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Kwamina Yedu Addison, and his deputies.

The protest was plannned as a result of what the Minority describes as the Governor’s failure to resign after a 21-day ultimatum that was given him would be elapsing.

According to the Minority, Dr. Addison has poorly managed and collapsed the central bank after running a loss of GHC60.8 billion and negative equity of GHC55.1 million.

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The march which was slatted for Tuesday, September 5, was to take the group through Makola, Rawlings Park, through to the Opera Square to the frontage of the Bank of Ghana head office in Accra.

But the police objected to the routes and destination of the protest saying the places chosen are usually overcrowded with human and vehicular traffic.

They said the demonstration will distort public order, the safety and running of essential services.

The police proposed the frontage of the Parliament House through the Osu Cemetery Traffic Light to the Independence Square but was rejected by the Minority.

The Director of Legal Affairs for the NDC, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, said in court on Friday, August 31, that the police had no right to suggest an alternative to them.

Citing Article 88(5) of the 1992 Constitution and the State Proceedings Act, Mr. Tamakloe noted only the Attorney General has the authority to make such changes.

The court subsequently set Friday, September 8, to rule on the Greater Accra Regional Police Command’s injunction application.

In view of this, the Minority has suspended the march until after the ruling.

Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, Leader of the Minority has assured supporters of the party that the March will take place after the court’s verdict is delivered.

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