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LMVCA sue IGP over demo brutalities 


Pro-opposition pressure group, Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA), has sued the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor, and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah Oppong, over what they say were brutalities meted out to them by the police during a demonstration in September 2015.

They have described the act that supposedly left one demonstrator blind in one eye as an abuse of their human rights hence their resolve to seek remedy at the law court.

The National Coordinator of the group, David Asante, explained to Citi News that it is their aim to seek justice for those who were brutalized by the Police on that day.

“So the victims yesterday [Tuesday] under the leadership of the Let My Vote Count Alliance filed a suit against the IGP and the Attorney General at the Accra High Court. The victims are suing for damages.”

He said they believe the brutalities meted out to them by the Police were unlawful and “a breach of fundamental human rights to personal safety, the right to demonstrate peacefully and wrongfully interfering with our right to earn a living.”

Demo turns bloody

Some members of the group clashed with the Police during a demonstration exercise.

The Police in their bid to restore peace and order released rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons on the protesters who were demanding the compilation of a new voters’ register before the November 7 general elections.

Several people sustained injuries, including Justice Adjakuma, who lost one eye.

The IGP, who was formerly the Director of Operations of the Police Service at the time, is on record to have justified the use of brute force and tear gas on the protesters.

We have confidence in court

Meanwhile, a separate statement from the LMVCA group said “we have confidence in the Judiciary and the Court to deliver justice.”

“Justice is what we seek on this day for our colleagues and Ghanaians who fell on the wrong side of some brutish police personnel in our quest to contribute towards deepening Ghana’s democracy. We shall not relent in our collective efforts to make sure the Election 2016 and beyond sees Ghana as a beacon of democracy in Africa. We hope the laws of the land will protect us in our pursuit,” the statement added.

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