The Member of Parliament for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu, has accused the Ghana Police Service of being disingenuous with their account of developments at the demonstration he recently organised for his constituents to protest over their bad roads.
Mr. Sosu in a statement insisted that he was neither involved in blocking roads nor destruction of properties during the protest as alleged by the police.
He said the police were being untruthful to shift the public’s focus from critical issues bordering on bad roads, among others.
“I want to place on record that this is the first time the Ghana Police Service is disclosing the reason for their invitation and their attempted unlawful arrest.”
Any allegation of the Police about my involvement in the unlawful blockade of road and destruction of public property is false and an afterthought carefully manufactured by the police to shift the attention of the people of Ghana from the key issues of bad roads raised by our protest and demonstration The Police were part of the demonstration from the beginning till the end. There were no casualties, no destruction of public or private property.”
The October 25 demonstration over bad roads has been the source of controversy after attempts by the police service to invite the Madina MP for interrogation failed.
Mr. Sosu has said police maltreated him and tried to arrest him on the day of the protest.
This compelled him to file a formal complaint in Parliament accusing two police commanding officers of contempt of Parliament.
In his latest statement, the MP explained that the police demanded that he should report to the Regional Commander of Police for questioning after addressing his constituents.
Mr. Sosu said he however declined the invitation and indicated that he was to attend a parliamentary meeting in preparation for the resumption of the House.
He said the police officers ignored his explanation and attempted arresting him in the presence of his constituents, forcing him to ask the Speaker of Parliament to take action against the police officers in question.
“Indeed, once I got to Ayi Mensah, there was an Obonu FM reporter who joined my car and was with me till we got to Kweiman, where there was a roadblock. I got out of my car and went to speak with the youth in the presence of the police until we got them to clear the roads for people to move.”
“From Kweiman, I drove to Danfa, where we had a similar incident together with the burning of tyres. There again, I got out of the car, in the presence of police and, together with some of the officers, spoke with the angry youth and got them to join us to Otinibi,” he noted.
Some National Democratic Congress supporters had earlier told the press that police personnel surrounded Mr. Sosu’s church, Believer’s House of Prayer Ministries, in an attempt to effect an arrest on Sunday, October 31, 2021.
The pastor of the church also confirmed this.
But the Police denied sending officers to arrest the MP.