An application for an interim injunction against the organizers of the already-staged #OccupyBoG Protest was denied by the High Court in Accra (Financial and Economic Division).
This came about after the Police (Applicant) retracted their application, which was rendered moot because they claimed the incident had already occurred “peacefully.”
George Tetteh Sackey, the principal state attorney, informed the court on Wednesday, October 11, that the demonstration had already happened and “we wish to withdraw the application.”
When the Court inquired about the outcome, he added that the “demonstration was peaceful.”
As a result, Justice Edward Twum dismissed the application as withdrawn.
The Bank of Ghana’s governor, Dr. Ernest Addison, and his deputies were to be asked to resign, and the protest, known as #OccupyBoG (Bank of Ghana), was scheduled for October 3. The Police had expressed concerns about the protest’s route.
The exercise was also intended to allow participants to voice their concerns regarding the central bank’s historic GHC60 billion loss in the fiscal year 2022.
But the protest continued (on October 3) despite the court case still being pending due to back and forth and the Police’s improper service of the injunction application on the Respondents.
The respondents in the case are the Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson-led minority in Parliament and Bernard Mornah, Rex Omar, and Masawudu Mohammed of Arise Ghana.
The Police demanded one more attempt to serve the minority on Tuesday, September 26 after accusing them of avoiding service.
The exercise has since taken place, but the organizers have given notice that they will stage a new protest in response to the Central Bank governor’s refusal to accept their petition.
Meanwhile, in response to Dr. Ernest Addison, Governor of the Bank of Ghana, responding to the #OccupyBoG demonstration, the Minority Caucus in Parliament has threatened to show him “what hooligans do.”