The police are not duty-bound to inform Speaker before arresting an MP – Prof Kofi Abotsi

Prof  Kofi Abotsi, Dean of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Law School
Prof  Kofi Abotsi, Dean of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Law School

Popular law lecturer Prof  Kofi Abotsi who is the Dean of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Law School has joined on the Police Vrs. Parliament arrest debate.

There is currently a debate on mainstream and social media about if officers of the Ghana Police Service need to inform or seek the permission of the speaker of Parliament before arresting Members of Parliament of which Prof Kofi Abotsi has joined.

Joining the debate, Professor Kofi Abotsi argues that officers of the Ghana Police Service are not bound to inform or seek the permission of the speaker before effecting an arrest of a Member of Parliament.

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He explains that the authority of the police to arrest extends to everyone except the President of the country and that a Member of Parliament can only evade an arrest if he is on his way from or to the legislative house.

“The police are not duty-bound to inform or seek the permission of the speaker before effecting an arrest of an MP. The authority of the police to arrest extends to everyone except the President. An MP can only evade an arrest if he is on his way from or to Parliament” Professor Kofi Abotsi stayed in a post on Twitter.

SOURCE : Coverghana.com.gh

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