Presidential staffer justifies arrest of protester at First Lady event

Protester Reginald Sekyi-Brown was stopped by security officers from showing the placard to the First Lady

A Presidential Staffer, Charles Nii Teiko Tagoe, has taken to Facebook to justify the arrest and subsequent detention of one Reginald Sekyi-Brown for displaying a placard inscribed ‘Open UGMC Now’.

The protester displayed the placard during a sod-cutting ceremony by First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo at the Korle Teaching Hospital.

He is protesting the recent standoff between government and management of the University of Ghana which has led to the delay in the opening of the University of Ghana Medical Centre for operations.

It appears opinions are divided over the action by the security officers to detain the protester.

While some feel it is bad for freedom of speech, others think it is a proactive step taken by the First Lady’s security details.

Charles Nii Teiko Tagoe backed the action of the security officials.

Mr Sekyi-Brown is still in detention at the Korle Bu Police Station.


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