Xavier-Sosu’s attempted arrest: Bagbin’s summon to police hollow – Lawyer


A private legal practitioner is urging the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), George Akuffo-Dampare, not to be intimidated by the summons issued by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, to police officials who attempted to arrest the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, Francis Xavier-Sosu.

Kwesi Fokuor Benyin said the police are not duty-bound to seek Parliamentary approval for MPs’ arrest.

The Speaker of Parliament on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, summoned two police officers who allegedly attempted to arrest the Madina MP before the House.

This is pursuant to contempt of Parliament charges filed by the Madina MP against the officers for their conduct when he joined his constituents to demonstrate over bad roads on Monday, October 25, 2021, that was approved by the police.

The demonstration, however, turned chaotic when the protesters blocked a section of the road and set car tyres ablaze.

Some police personnel, who were at the venue, attempted to arrest the MP during his Parliamentary duties for questioning for staging the protest which created a public nuisance.

When he filed a complaint on the floor of Parliament, the Speaker further referred the matter to the Privileges Committee for investigations and a report submitted to the House.

But Mr Benyin on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem Monday, described the summon as “hollow commands” from a Speaker who has exaggerated his importance and powers attendant to his office.
He explained that the argument of the MP engaging in Parliamentary duties as enshrined in articles 117 and 118 of the 1992 Constitution during the protest is null and void.

“The said provisions [articles 117&118] relate only to the service of court processes on Members, and their compellability by a court to appear before it and give evidence whilst attending to or from, or in Parliament for Parliamentary duty. They by no means relate to arrest for crimes, and indeed, it could never be the policy of the law to create a separate regime of social justice for a group of politicians that will enable them to overreach the law and evade justice,” he explained.

He urged the IGP to get an arrest warrant from a Magistrate to arrest “the errant MP wherever he may be, including in the Speaker’s own chamber, and no person or authority can legally stand in your way.

“The law is behind you. The facts are behind you. The people are behind you. We trust you will do the right thing.”

Police grab man for possessing ‘wee’

THE police patrol team in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region, on Thursday arrested a traveler, Adebayor Adesa Ako, for possessing five slabs of suspected narcotic substances, at a stop at Agbozume, on the Accra-Aflao highway.

This was when the commercial vehicle, a Toyota Seana, on which he was travelling towards Aflao from Accra direction, was stopped by the police for routine check.

The suspected narcotic substances were found in the bag of the suspect during a search, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge, Public Affairs Officer of the Volta Regional Police Command.

She told the journalists in Ho on Friday that the police highway operation took place at about 8pm, and that Ako had since been placed in police custody to assist in investigations.

Meanwhile, DSP Tenge said, the Drugs Law Enforcement Unit of the Regional Police Command had taken over the case.


Education Ministry release statistics of WASSCE candidates obtaining A1-C6 from 2015 to 2020

The Ministry of Education has released detailed statistics on candidates who took the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

From 2015 to 2020, the percentage of WASSCE candidates who obtained A1-C 6 was detailed in the comparative data analysis.

According to statistics, 2020 is the only year in the last six years in which more than half of the candidates received A1 – C6 in all core subject areas.

In comparison to 2016 and 2017, the percentage analysis of 2018 and 2019 in the English Language has decreased.

The trend of increasing performance in Mathematics from 2015 to 2020 has slowed in 2018, even though the percentage rate was higher than in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Below, is the full percentage analysis of candidates obtaining A1 to C6 in the Core Subjects.
SUBJECT 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 45.2% 51.6% 52.24% 46.79% 49.06% 57.34%
INTEGRATED SCIENCE 28.7% 48.35% 52.89% 50.48% 62.94% 52.53%
MATHEMATICS 32.4% 33.12% 41.66% 38.15% 64.23% 65.71%
SOCIAL STUDIES 57.4% 54.55% 42.52% 73.25% 75.36% 64.31%
Credit: Coverghana.com.gh