…..Ahead of Verdict
By Cecil Mensah
The Ghana Police Service has sounded a word of caution to drivers in the Accra municipality, to stay away from the Supreme Court area, ahead of the upcoming ruling on the Election Petition on Thursday August 29, 2013.
The nine-member panel of judges, presided over by William Atubigah, will on Thursday deliver its ruling on the Election Petition case, filed by the failed New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate in the December 2012 general elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and the National party Chairman Jake Obestebi-Lamptey.
According to the security commanders of the service, the Supreme Court area would be cordoned off to prevent miscreants from taking advantage of the ruling to foment trouble.
The police hierarchy gave this warning after a closed- door meeting with officials of the Judiciary Service, to brief them on the security situation in and around the Supreme Court and to avert huge traffic jam in the area.
The Herald has learnt that the security officers intend to restrict vehicular movements in and around the court premises to create a peaceful environment for the ruling.
Speaking to The Herald in an interview, Mr Anderson Fosu-Ackaah, the commander of Police Motor Transport and Traffic Unit said, as part of the arrangements to restrict vehicular movements in the area, the Barclays and Standard Chartered Bank area along the Prof. Evans Atta-Mills Highway
in front of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) will be blocked.
The road from the King Tackie Tawiah III statute round -about to the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) and the Bank of Ghana (BOG) area, leading to court will also be blocked in accordance with the measures to ensure absolute security during and after the ruling.
He said, drivers en route to the Tema Station-Ministries area from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Mamprobi area, would have to go through the General Post Office area through to the Asafoaste Nettey road to Makola area, to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) area through the Theodore Okoh Hockey Pitch area, to connect to Tema Station lorry terminal and Ministries.
He said, all traffic from the Independence Square area, would be diverted onto the Liberia road to the Ministries –Tema Station lorry terminal.
He gave the assurance that the police have put adequate measures in place to control the traffic situation in the metropolis.
He took the opportunity to plead with the workers of the Judicial Service to bear with the changes that have characterized security operations.
He said, the police are aware, some of the inconvenience the security measures would create for commuters, as well staff of the Judicial
The Chief Superintendent of Police, pledged to deal with all miscreants, who intend to foment trouble irrespective of their political affiliations.