News / Africa

Ghana Deploys Police Ahead of Court Ruling

Ghana Mahama
Ghana Mahama
Peter Clottey
The police spokesman in Ghana says over 30,000 officers have been deployed in sensitive and strategic locations across the country ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday on the validity of the country’s 2012 presidential election.

Cephas Arthur says officers have been well briefed to enforce the country’s laws to maintain peace after the court hands down its ruling.

“According to the police administration, every police officer in the country will be on duty as far as the verdict of the court dispute is concerned,” said Arthur. “Everybody has been adequately briefed as to what to do and what to expect. We are also going to have those who are going to be on the standby to be called upon to manage rioting situations and others.”

Arthur says the mass deployment demonstrates the readiness of police officers to maintain law and order.

“We want to assure the people of Ghana that their police are up and doing.  They are adequately prepared mentally, logistically and even in terms of training. And that they [the public] can rely on their police service to provide security, prevent the occurrence of crime and when possible, when they occur they will be on hand to quell them,” said Arthur. “We are calling on them to exercise patience and keep cool and provide support for the police.”

Citing voter alleged irregularities, the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) petitioned the court seeking to annul President John Dramani Mahama’s electoral victory in the December 2012 presidential vote.

The Supreme Court plans to hand down its ruling of the electoral challenge today (Thursday).

Arthur underscored the importance of protecting the country’s leaders as well as sensitive installations.

“We are going to have those who are going to provide security to vulnerable persons and vulnerable areas. By that we mean very important personalities in the society, it could be the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, it could also be the lawyers of the two factions in court and it could be the judges who are adjudicating in this case,” said Arthur. “We are also talking about [protecting] vital installations like power stations, Bank of Ghana, Electoral Commission and other places.”

Religious and civil society groups have called for peace in the run up to the court ruling.

Arthur says senior police officials have been working with religious leaders as well as supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition NPP as part of an effort to ensure peace.

“For the first time the police have gone into a kind of pacifist approach towards provision of security. Where we have met some identifiable groupings or stakeholders, including the Islamic community, the Christian Council, the National House of Chiefs, the National Peace Council, the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Interior and the National Media Commission, the Youth of the NDC and the NPP to discuss the best way of doing this such that we don’t create a situation, which will demand the deployment of the forces,” said Arthur.
Clottey interview with DSP Cephas Arthur, Ghana police spokesman
Clottey interview with DSP Cephas Arthur, Ghana police spokesmani
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

Video VOA EXCLUSIVE: Iraq President Vows to Fight IS 'Until They Are Killed or We Die'

In wide-ranging interview with VOA Persian service reporter, Fuad Masum describes conflict as new type of fight that will take time to win More

Video Russian Anti-Corruption Campaigner Slams Putin’s Crackdown on Dissent

In interview with VOA Alexei Navalny says he believes new law against 'undesirable NGOs' part of move to keep Russian president in power More

Video On The Scene: In Ethiopia, 'Are You a Journalist?' Is a Loaded Question

VOA's Anita Powell describes the difficulties faced by reporters in fully conveying the story in a country where people are reticent to share their true opinions More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Expelled from Pakistan, Afghan Refugees Return to Increased Hardshipi
X
Ayesha Tanzeem
May 28, 2015 6:48 PM
Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Expelled from Pakistan, Afghan Refugees Return to Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video Floodwaters Recede in Houston, but Rain Continues

Many parts of Texas are recovering from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southwestern state. Heavy rains on Monday and early Tuesday caused rivers to swell in eastern and central Texas, washing away homes and killing at least 13 people. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, floodwaters are receding slowly in the country's fourth-largest city, and there likely is to be more rain in the coming days.
Video

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
Video

Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.
Video

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
Video

Video Film Festival Looks at Indigenous Peoples, Culture Conflict

A recent Los Angeles film festival highlighted the plight of people caught between two cultures. Mike O'Sullivan has more on the the Garifuna International Film Festival, a Los Angeles forum created by a woman from Central America who wants the world to know more about her culture.
Video

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
Video

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.

VOA Blogs