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28.02.2007 General News

Accra police heads for court to stop CJA march

By myjoyonline
Accra police heads for court to stop CJA march

The Accra Regional Police Command will be in court on Thursday to secure an order to prevent the Committee for Joint Action from going ahead with its planned procession on Independence Day.

The CJA, a pressure group informed the police about the march, which it says will be in recognition of the contribution of the unsung heroes who fought for the country's freedom but have been ignored by organizers of the golden jubilee celebrations.

The police however called on the group to reschedule the procession to a later date saying it will be preoccupied with official activities of the Independence Day.

The CJA has however vowed to go ahead with the march saying the procession will be meaningless if it is held on any other day than the day of independence.

The group says there could not be any lawful obstacle to the organization of a procession to commemorate the 50th anniversary of independence.

But Accra Regional Police Commander, Douglas Akrofi-Asiedu says he's confident the court will grant the police request.

He said the Public Order Act mandates the police to go to court to seek restraining orders if organisers of public events refuse to abide by their advice.

Douglas Akrofi-Asiedu was confident that the court will grant their desires.

The CJA however is asking the courts to throw out any request by the police to stop the planned procession on Independence Day.

Reacting to news that the Accra Regional Police Command is heading to the courts tomorrow, a member of the group Emelia Arthur said the police has failed to follow the steps laid out in the Public Order Act before resorting to the law courts.

Miss Arthur said the court should throw out the police request.