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Madina MP arrest: Speaker refers police to Privileges C’ttee 

Madina MP arrest: Speaker refers police to Privileges C’ttee

Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin has referred Ghana Police Service headed by IGP to the Privileges Committee of the lawmaking house for probe over an alleged matter of contempt involving some police officers who arrested and detained Human Rights Lawyer and Member of Parliament for Madina Francis Xavier Kojo Sosu without notifying the Speaker contrary to the laws of Ghana.

Having being tasked to investigate the incidence, the Privileges Committee has a duty probe the unfortunate occurrence and produce report for approximate punishment.

Filing the matter before the Speaker in the floor of Parliament today, Lawyer Sosu revealed that he was manhandled by some police officers who refused to release him for a demonstration has notified the police to embark on demontration over deplorable roads with his constituents that day.

Reporting the unfortunate turn of event after agreement with the police to stage the protest, Lawyer Sosu said “It took the intervention of his constituents who had to wrestle him from the unlawful arrest and detention of the labelled police who manhandled him.

Quoting Order 31 of the Standing Orders of Parliament Alban Bagbin refered the matter of alleged contempt of Parliament to the Privilleges Committee of Parliament to probe and submit report for decisions accordingly.

The Speaker Alban S.K Bagbin refered the matter to the Privileges Committee after Madina MP Francis Xavier Kojo Sosu officially lodged a complaint at the plenary to the speaker.

According to Spokesperson to Madina MP, Bansi Abubakar Abdul Hamid, the Speaker   Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Bagbin, has this morning refered ACP Isaac Kojo Asante, the Regional Operations Commander and ACP Eric Winful, the Adenta/Abokobi Divisional Commander of Police to the Privileges Committee of Parliament, following invocation of the powers of the Speaker by Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu, MP for Madina, for the two (2) Senior Officers to be cited for contempt of Parliament.

This action of the Madina MP became necessary after the two officers unlawfully ordered their men to arrest him in contravention of Article 117 of the 1992 constitution.

The incidence occurred on 25th October, 2021.

Source: africaneditors.com

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