A group of persons calling itself Economic Fighters League in a statement signed by Hardi Yakubu, Fighter-General has condemned unlawful arrest of 21 persons in the Volta Regional Capital, Ho, at a conference.
In a press statement, the Economic Fighters League has noted the Ghana Police Press Release informing the public of the arrest of 21 people at a conference in Ho, a statement issued without mentioning of which specific law has been violated. “This is crude and undemocratic.” They alleged.
The conference, which was taking place at Nurses and Midwives Hotel in Ho, was disrupted by Police alleging unlawful assembly. This claim is based on the subject matter of the conference, further perpetuating a growing, state-enforced culture of silence.
According to them, it is shameful enough that our society chooses to criminalize and abuse the rights of people based on their sexuality. It is sad that a Police Force who wilfully ignore and flout other laws designed to protect the people choose only to enforce that which amounts to oppression.
They have also called on the Judiciary not entertain such cases of blatant display of persecution against peaceful civilians and are duty bound to uphold the law which guarantees the freedom of assembly and association. State institutions thrive on public confidence in them. Cynicism eats up reputation faster than fire burns wood.
“It must be acknowledged by all that this act by Ghana Police in Ho is outright unlawful, a persecution of people who chose to lawfully gather in a private venue to discuss an issue. This criminalization of dialogue is shameful, and the arrests can only be described as kidnap.”
“We are all entitled to our freedoms. Ghana Police’s shameful, unconstitutional actions are the latest in the oppressive trajectory we are experiencing as a nation and we must all join hands to reject that oppression wherever we see it. As such we call on all to stand with those arrested, and demand their immediate release.” The statement explained.