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The Ghana Police Service has called on Madina MP, Francis-Xavier Sosu to honourably present himself for interrogation.
Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu has refused to appear before the Police following his involvement in a protest at Madina where two officers and some residents narrowly survived being run over by the MP’s vehicle.
The protesters are said to have unlawfully blocked the roads at Madina causing chaos with the MP ordering his driver to dangerously speed through a crowd.
The MP’s driver – a Police officer – has been interdicted by the Police.
The Police is said to have written to the Speaker of Parliament to direct the MP to avail himself for investigations.
The Speaker of Parliament, in a letter from Parliament to the Police, has refused their request to release Hon. Francis-Xavier Sosu citing a standing order of the Legislative House.
The letter signed by the Deputy Director of Legal Services of Parliament said; “I am directed by the Rt. Hon. Speaker to inform you that proceedings of the 3rd Meeting of the 1st Session of the 8th Parliament commenced on Tuesday 26th October 2021, and having regard to the limitations of articles 117 and 118 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic, he is unable to release the Member of Parliament as requested in your letter.”
“The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament further directs that I refer you to the provisions of article 122 of the 1992 Constitution and to inform you that on Wednesday the 27th October, 2021 he referred to the Privileges Committee of Parliament, allegations of breach of parliamentary privilege and contempt by ACP Isaac Kojo Asante and ACP Eric Winful of the Accra Regional Police Command and the Adenta Divisional Command respectively,” the letter added.
Police Claps Back
In an interview on Peace FM’s morning show ”Kokrokoo”, Public Affairs Director of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Kwesi Ofori says the Police will utilize all legal means to summon the MP for interrogation.
But, to him, ”as an honourable Member of Parliament, he (Francis-Xavier Sosu) should honourably avail himself to Police authority to question him on the issue because the Public Order law enjoins him to do that”.
” . . if he doesn’t come, we have several options. Even what the Hon. Speaker wrote citing some clauses, the Police is likely to go to the Apex Court to seek interpretation to guide our future security operations of the kind. We can also go to court to present him with summons and if he refuses to come and the court issues bench warrant”, then they will take him, he asserted.
ACP Kwesi Ofori assured the MP that, “nobody will do anything bad to him but just submit yourself to the law”, stressing ”you are making laws for Ghanaians” and they expect that he (Madina MP) obeys the law.