A former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini, has criticised the police for arresting protesters who were simply exercising their democratic rights during the just-ended demonstration.
He said the police should not have arrested protesters without an arrest warrant.
“The Public Order Act is a 10-section Act…offences under the Act have been provided. The person who commits the offence under the Act has been provided. The power of the police to arrest without a warrant has been provided so in any other offence under the Act, it must be on notice. You must issue a criminal summons, the only time that the police have the power to arrest without a warrant has been provided,” he explained on Joy News monitored by theghanareport.com.
He insists the arrest was unlawful and unwarranted.
It will recalled that the police arrested 49 members of the Democracy Hub group who participated in the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest on Thursday, September 21.
According to a police statement, the suspects were arrested due to their disregard for a court order which sought to prohibit them from staging the protest in the vicinity of the Jubilee House.
The statement described their action as unlawful and a violation of the Public Order Act.
The protesters arrested by the police were released on Friday.