Pro-democracy movement, FiftyPlusOne Percent is calling for an investigation into circumstances leading to the “unlawful” arrest of Editor of the Finder Newspaper, Elvis Darko by the police for picketing in front of Parliament House.
In a statement Friday, the group said the probe would unearth the true events leading to the arrest of the journalist in order to avoid a repeat in the future.
Mr Darko was reportedly arrested Thursday by the police for picketing in front of the Parliament House ahead of the 2019 budget reading.
He was there with other journalists as part of activities by pressure group, Media Coalition on RTI to pressurise Parliament to pass the Right to Information Bill.
He has since been released but FiftyPlusOne Percent has described the incident as “dangerous” because of the “impunity of some police officers.”
“It is unfortunate the untamed behaviour of some police personnel has robbed the entire force of the respect that was accorded them for their professionalism in the past,” FiftyPlusOne Percent Executive Director, Isaac Kwame Batune said.
While acknowledging the immense work of the police in the maintenance of law and order, the group said it is unaware of any amendment of the 1992 Constitution clothing them with “untrammelled powers” to do what they like in the country.
Mr Batune noted the police in England are not regarded as the strong arm of the executive, but rather as the friends of the people. “However, this cannot be said of the police in Ghana,” he added.
FiftyPlusOne Percent has implored the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu to institute an investigation into the incident and punish where appropriate.
“This we believe would discourage such behaviour in the future,” the statement concluded.