Efia Odo, 14 other #FixtheCountry protesters arrested

Some 15 of the members of the fix the country movement who massed up at the entrance of the Law Court Complex have been arrested.

The reason behind the arrest including Efia Odo was not immediately known.

The protesters were at the High Court to support lawyers of the group in a suit that has been brought against them.

EIB Network’s Court reports that before the arrest, the protestors were seen entering the court premises, taking pictures with Effia Odo who is one of the conveners who had stepped out of the court premises ahead of the delivery of the ruling.

Efia Odo (2nd left) with other conveners of #FixTheCountry movement

According to some of the conveners, a police officer on duty at the court instructed the suspects to leave the premises and later called for backup.

The Director of Operations at the Accra Regional Police Command led the team to initiate the arrest.

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Meanwhile, the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Ruby Aryeetey has dismissed preliminary objections that among other things challenged the capacity of the Attorney General in the matter.

The police has filed an application before the court to restrain the #FixtheCountry protest from their intended protest.

Lawyers of the conveners (Respondents) on Monday, June 21, raised three preliminary objections including one that challenges the capacity of the Attorney General to be in the matter.

The courting in its ruling said, the AG is the principal legal head of the state and the matter before the court is one that is being brought in the name of the Republic.

EIB Network’s Court Correspondent Murtala Inusah reports that following the dismissal of the objections, the court is now proceeding to hear the substantive matter.

Earlier, before the Objections were raised, Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame said, the application before the Court is seeking an order directed at the organizer and conveners of an intended demonstration dubbed #FixtheCountry protest match.

The AG said it is to restrain the Associate officers, agents, assigns, and workmen on grounds of public safety, public security, and public health till the restrictions imposed on large public gatherings are lifted by law or in accordance with the law.

But, the lawyers of the respondents raised objections to the application before the court.

Opposing to the application, Mr. Dame contended that, the Objection that the application violates Article 491 is a “totally absurd proposition.”

The application he said is properly before the court and the Objection is wholly misconceived.

He prayed the court to overrule it.


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