The High Court in Accra has restrained and prohibited three pressure groups – Democracy Hub, Patriotic Hub and Patriotic Forum for Accountable Governance from embarking on any demonstration at the forefront of the Jubilee House and its surroundings.
The Court has also barred the organisers of the special event not to stage any demonstrations from December 1 to 31, 2023 and January 1 to 5, 2024.
Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, the presiding judge further ordered that should the organizers intended to hold the said special event after January 5, they should find a different location other than the forefront of jubilee House.
The order of the Court follows a motion from the police Command seeking an order to prohibit the holding of the special events by three different groups from December 1 and 31, 2023 and January 1 to 5, 2024.
The Respondents- Benjamin Akufo Darko, (Democracy Hub), Denis Appiah Larbi, (Patriotic Hub), Kwame Baffoe – Abronye, (Patriotic Forum For Accountable Governance) together with their lawyers were absent.
According to the Police Command, it undertook a security threat assessment of the proposed common destination, overlapping timelines and conflicting objectives for the three planned demonstrations.
“The Police Command, after the security assessment has reasonable grounds to believe that the three special events, if held around or at the forefront of the Jubilee House, and at the given time-lines, especially around the Christmas and New Year Festivities, may endanger public safety, public defense, public order, the running and delivery of essential services and violate the rights and freedoms of other persons among others.
“Accordingly, the Police Command engaged the organizers’ for the three groups and conveyed the security challenges and concerns with the proposed location.
“The Police Command also indicated its inability to provide security for the three groups to hold their respective special events lasting over thirty-one (31) days due to the Police Command’s operational and security engagements during the Christmas and New Year festivities,” the Police Public unit had stated.