By Augustine Ehikioya
Police officials in Ghana have denied media report claiming that the Police despatched its men to arrest a Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Francis Xavier-Sosu, during church service on Sunday.
But the Member of Parliament had been invited by the Police a week ago for questioning on his roles for leading a protest in his constituency.
He had refused to honour the invitation to shed light on certain alleged criminal acts that occurred during the demonstration as he cited Parliamentary privilege.
These were contained in a statement issued by the Director-General, Public Affairs, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kwesi Ofori, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
The statement said “Following a protest in the Madina Constituency, led by its Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Francis Xavier-Sosu, on Monday, October 25, 2021, the Police commenced investigations into certain alleged criminal acts that occurred.
“The MP, Hon. Francis Xavier-Sosu was invited on the day of the protest to assist the Police for his alleged involvement in the unlawful blockade of a road and the destruction of public property but he declined the invitation.
“He declined further invitations citing Parliamentary privilege.”
It added “Three other persons have been interrogated on this matter and we shall continue to use every legal means to interrogate all other suspects including the Honourable MP for Madina.
“Stories circulating that some Police personnel had been dispatched to arrest the MP at a church today Sunday, October 31, 2021, are untrue.
“Any plain-clothed Police personnel found on the premises of the church may have been there for intelligence purposes and not to effect an arrest,” it stated.
The statement assured that the Police Administration will continue to conduct investigations into the matter and we “urge the public to continue to support us as we maintain law and order.”