The Police Service has served notice to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) informing the party it will not be able to offer its youth wing protection for its demonstration scheduled for July 6.

According to Deputy Accra Region Police Commander, DCOP E.A. Sakyi, the service is unable to offer security due to the Executive Instrument (E.I) 395 that is still in force and Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1994 (ACT 49).

“The Accra Regional Police Command acknowledged receipt of your letter dated 30th June 2021 on the above subject and wish to inform you that, restrictions imposed by the Executive Instrument (E. I) 395 to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has still not been lifted. The Regional Command also refers you to section 4 of the Public Order Act 1994 (Act 49) particularly concerning Public Health.

“The Command, therefore, cannot provide you with the needed security during your intended demonstration and street protest, please,” its press statement communicated.

Police deny NDC Youth Wing security for July 6 protest

The Youth Wing of the NDC on Wednesday, notified the police of its intention to embark on a demonstration next week Tuesday from 8 am to midday in Accra.

The protest dubbed “A March for Justice” was to “demand justice for all persons killed and brutalized by state-sponsored thuggery and/or adventurism by police and military forces.”

Meanwhile, despite the Police’s decision, the party’s National Youth Organiser, George Opare Addo has indicated that it’s July 6 protest will take place as planned.

He accused the Police of sleeping on its core duties and turning the security service into an agency of politics.

“In recent times, the Ghana Police Service Service has slept on its core responsibilities to the general citizenry of our beloved country in such wanton disregard to its duty. The Ghana Police Service has metamorphosed into an agency of politics being used by government for its partisan bidding.”

In addition, Mr Opare Addo noted that there is no curfew imposed in the Greater Accra Region by Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, hence they will embark on their intended protest.