The Ghana Police Service says it is unable to provide protection to three groups that intended to demonstrate and picket at the Jubilee House from December 1 to January 5, 2024.
The groups are Democracy Hub of #FixtheCountry fame, Patriotic Hub and the Patriotic Forum Group.
The groups served notices to the police about their intended demonstration and picketing at the seat of government in line with article 21(1)(d) and (f) of the Constitution, 1992.
However, the police in a statement signed by Commissioner of Police (COP) Dr Sayibu Pabi Gariba, Regional Commander, Accra, said the groups could not carry on the demonstration as planned.
The police said the Jubilee House is a security installation, and accordingly the protest and picketing around the facility may endanger public defence, public order and public safety.
The statement indicated that the Regional Police Command would not be able to provide security/protection for the intended demonstration/picketing due to the command’s operational/security constraints during the Christmas/New Year festivities and related matters.
The statement urged the groups to postpone the special event in the interest of public defence, to any date after January 5, 2014.
It said “the command, in the interest of public defence, public order, public safety among others request you to postpone the special event to any date after January 5, 2024.”
The police said “the command further request you to relocate the destination for the intended demonstration/picketing if you are inclined to hold the protest strictly in accordance with the Public Order Act.”
The statement said “the command hereby assures you of our continuous commitment to maintain law and order within the mandate of the Ghana Police Service.”