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18.02.2008 General News

Crowd prevent police from carrying out court order

By Accra Mail
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A crowd of protestors, mainly women, over the weekend prevented a group of armed policemen from the Accra Panther Unit of the Ghana Police Service from executing a High Court order to close down a supermarket belonging to one Janet Buckman (defendant) at Ho-Bankoe.

The crowd shouted and jeered at the team of about four Policemen and a Court bailiff forcing them to abandon the assignment.

The Policemen did not talk to the Ghana News Agency, explaining that they were not Public Relations Officers.

However the Volta Region Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Joy Afagbedzi said the Ho Police were unaware of the operation.
One Benedicta Kley, plaintiff, a businesswoman based in Accra secured the order signed by Justice D.K Ofosu Quartey seeking redress for a breach of agreement against defendant.

A statement of claim attached to the order of substituted service made available to the GNA stated that plaintiff, and defendant both cousins entered into a verbal agreement witnessed by plaintiff's mother in 2002 for plaintiff to establish a supermarket in Ho to be run by the defendant.

Following that agreement plaintiff took defendant to Makola market in Accra and purchased provisions worth GH¢9,600 and 250 pieces of plywood worth GHc1, 000 for defendant to be sent to Ho for the supermarket project.

The Plaintiff in her statement of claim also indicated that she also gave defendant an amount of GH¢500 to build a container for the supermarket following, which she, plaintiff periodically sent items to defendant for sale in the supermarket, but the defendant failed to render accounts as agreed upon.

Plaintiff indicated that Defendant assaulted her verbally and physically when she (Plaintiff) demanded an account from her.

The order therefore sought to claim the supermarket for plaintiff and compel the defendant to render account from 1992 to January 2008, pay damages for assault and special damages.

Meanwhile, Miss Valentina Ahegbebu, a student of Koforidua Polytechnic and daughter of the defendant, who was in charge of the shop at the time, asserted that her mother had owned the supermarket since 1992.

She alleged that the Plaintiff vowed to "disgrace" the family following a misunderstanding over a family issue.

Miss Ahegbebu said no notice of summons had been served on her mother, the defendant and that the Plaintiff was "using the Police" to "disgrace" the family as she threatened to do.

"She (Plaintiff) had said several times that she had bought top officials in the Police Service to achieve her aim", Ms Ahegbebu alleged.

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