No Accreditation, No Supreme Court

The Accra Regional Police Command has reiterated its commitment to ensuring peace in the country and warned that people who do not have accreditation issued by the Judicial Service will not be allowed at the premises of the Supreme Court, when the court resumes Wednesday to hear the presidential election petition and the contempt case against the NPP general Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie. According to the regional police commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Christian Tetteh Yohonu, the police would deal decisively with any person or group of persons who do not have accreditation to the court but found their way into the premises of the Supreme Court to cause any form of confusion. He told The Enquirer newspaper that the regional police command has met and resolved not to allow people to gather in groups near the premises of the Supreme Court. The regional commanders warning comes on the heels of information gathered by the 'Enquirer' that some people are planning to cause disturbances at the premises of the Supreme Court when the General Secretary of the NEW Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie appears before the court over some contemptuous comments he allegedly made against the bench. The regional police commander said, the police would not entertain any form of hooliganism from any group of persons who would disturb the peace of the country, explaining the police have a duty, spelt out by the constitution, to maintain law and order. DCOP Yohonu stated that the regional petition hearing was being telecast live and there was no need for any person who does not have an accreditation to come to the court premises when such a person could easily watch the proceedings at home. He said beside the normal checks at the entrance at the Supreme Court, the police would also monitor activities of people who throng the court premises. Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John, as well as Hopson Adorye, all NPP activists, will appear before the Justices tomorrow, to defend comments they made which were considered outrageous and intended to lower the courtís authority and credibility in the eyes of the general public.