Speaker Bagbin refers Sosu’s complaint against police to Privileges Committee

Madina MP Francis-Xavier Sosu

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has referred a complaint made by Member of Parliament for Madina Francis Xavier Sosu to the Privileges Committee.

This was after Sosu officially lodged a complaint against the Accra regional police operations commander Isaac Kojo Asante on Wednesday October 27 to the Speaker for attempting to arrest him in line of his parliamentary duty.

The Speaker in his ruling said “The committee will investigate the complaint and will submit a report to the house for the whole consideration of the matter.”

He added “I receive complaints. I receive information about police service personnel pursuing Members of Parliament on both sides of the house, and I have on a number of occasions intervened to talk to the authorities and to draw their attention to the law.”

“Members of Parliament have some special rights because of the peculiar nature of the position, functions, and duties of the Member of Parliament.”

Sosu is seeking the police chief and others to be hauled before the privileges committee for contempt of parliament.

“The Police officers  under the command of the said  ACP Isaac Kojo Asante m, the regional operations commander  and Eric Wilful  the Divisional Commander of Adenta Aokobi  led their boys  to manhandle me  and virtually held, me , humiliated me  right in the presence  of my constituents with whom  we were demanding for better roads.”

He escaped police arrest on Monday, October 25 as he finished addressing protesters at Ayi Mensah.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP had led some of his constituents to embark on a demonstration against deplorable roads in his constituency.

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The demonstration started peacefully at Danfa around 6:00am but later saw demonstrators burning tyres and mounting roadblocks on the Ayi Mensah-Danfa Road.

Our reporter Joseph Armstrong Gold-Alor said this action by the residents led to reinforcement from the police, whose Formed Police Unit (FPU) rushed to the scene with combat vehicles.

After he addressed the demonstrators, reiterating the power of the people over people in power, the MP came under attack from the police, who attempted to pick him up.

There was commotion as a result of the attempted arrest.

The demonstrating residents, however, resisted the police and vowed to fight back if their representative in Parliament is arrested.

The police then arrested one of the opinion leaders. He is said to be a chief of the area.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana