Officers from the Ghana Police Service have prevented a group of demonstrators from entering Parliament and the National Cathedral construction grounds.
It is unclear why the police prevented the protestors from accessing the place.
At about 10:00 am, the group started picketing at the forecourt of Parliament calling for the termination of the construction of the controversial National Cathedral.
The group comprising members of Justice for Ghana, Arise Ghana, and some traditional leaders later moved to the cathedral construction grounds but were met by armed policemen.
After a short interaction between leaders of the demonstrators and the police, one of the leaders, Bernard Mornah, announced that “The police have decided not to allow us entry. This was not the agreement. We told them in our negotiations that we will be coming there and they agreed. So I don’t know why they have now turned back on their words.”
On what specific explanation the police have given them, Bernard Mornah said “They are not giving us any exact reason. They are just saying they can’t allow us. But as you can see, they keep receiving directives on the phone. As to who is giving them the order, we do not know.”
The group vows not to back down until they are finally allowed entry to the place.
“We are law-abiding citizens so we are going back to picket at parliament and return later to this place,” he said.
Meanwhile, after getting to Parliament, the group was also prevented from entering the premises.
The entrance to Parliament is currently under lock, as a group of Formed Police Units (FPU) officers dressed in battle gear and shields formed a human barricade in front of the locked gate.
The police have since declined to talk to the media.
The group continue to wait at the gates, hoping to present their petition to the leadership of Parliament.
Some of the inscriptions on their banners read: “Return Cathedral Cash, Prime State Land Wasted, Don’t Touch Pensions Fund, Say No to IMF-Haircut,” among others.
- We were never consulted on NDC Parliamentary leadership reshuffle – Muntaka Mubarak
- Minority Leadership reshuffle an affront to dignity of NDC Caucus – Dr. Dominic Ayine
- Financial crisis has affected my GH¢106k investment – Agyinasare
- Debt Exchange Programme: Government reaches agreement with Ghana Insurers Association
- Stonebwoy thanks Asamoah Gyan for paying for his surgery 7 years ago
- Tullow Oil challenges GRA over $300m tax imposition
- ‘I’ve had frank conversations with Haruna Iddrisu’ – Ato Forson reveals
- Consultations are not mandatory – Dr. Spio-Garbrah on change in Minority leadership
- Haruna Iddrisu, Muntaka Mubarak still leaders of Minority Caucus – Cletus Avoka
- Haruna Iddrisu disclaims posts on Facebook, Twitter handles purported to be his
- Paapa Versa recruits KooKusi for new single ‘Lights go dim’ from upcoming ‘Versa Villa’ album
- Adjust fiscal measures and save ¢83.bn; don’t touch our funds – IBF to government
- Morgan Stanley penalizes employees as much as $1 million for WhatsApp breaches – source
- Today’s front pages: Friday, January 27, 2023
- Kenya pushes one-pub-per-town order to fight alcoholism
- Kenyan court convicts Venezuelan diplomat of murder
- Decision to reshuffle NDC’s Minority Leadership was taken by FEC – Yamin
- AMA to roll out digital revenue collection system in March 2023
- Let’s assemble our own domestic IMF team before we are told to do so – Alhassan Andani
- Commercial banks should not be faulted for selling cocoa bills – Alhassan Andani
- DDE could be a positive turning point for Ghana – Alhassan Andani
- Mahama speaks on Africa’s strategic priorities at Chatham House
- Pusiga celebrates late philanthropist’s 67 years of changing lives
- Debt Exchange Programme: Jubilee House, EMT against inclusion of individual bondholders – Bright Simons
- National Labour Commission directs CETAG to call off strike