Speaker Disagrees With The Police Over Francis-Xavier Sosu Arrest

Alban Bagbin has stated that the decision of the Ghana Police Service over Francis-Xavier Sosu arrest must wait. Francis-Xavier Sosu was contemptuous of the House.

Addressing Participants At A Breakfast Meeting In Kumasi

Addressing participants at a breakfast meeting in Kumasi, Mr Bagbin noted that although Parliamentarians are not above the law. He continued to say constitutional procedures must be followed in the arrest and prosecution of MPs.

The Police have been on the heels of Francis-Xavier Sosu arrest for his involvement in a violent demonstration over bad roads in his Constituency in October. After the protest, Mr. Sosu reported that some Police officers tried to arrest him during the protest but were unsuccessful.

Subsequently, the Police sought permission from the Speaker of Parliament to invite the lawmaker to assist in investigations. However, Mr. Bagbin declined to release him.


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But the Speaker of Parliament has disputed the Police’s assertion that the legislature is shielding the Parliamentarian. According to Mr. Bagbin, MPs are not above the law. As there is evidence of members of the House being currently under prosecution. However, He stated that the due processes must be followed to the letter.

“Nobody is saying that MPs are above the law, but in this particular instance of the Madina MP, I can put my neck for it, that you [the police] have no such power,”


He said.

Speaker Bagbin further narrated that Mr. Sosu went through all the processes as required by law before the demonstration came off. Therefore, the invasion by the Police of the venue for the march is bewildering.

“That is obstruction and Article 122 is very clear on that. The move of the Police equals contempt,”


He stressed.

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