PNC Chairman Bernard Mornah, Security analyst Irbard Ibrahim arrested over 'illegal' Togo demo

PNC Chairman Bernard Mornah, Security analyst Irbard Ibrahim arrested over 'illegal' Togo demo

-PNC Chairman, Bernard Mornah has been arrested by the Nima Police

-Mr Mornah is deemed to have been part of an illegal gathering

-The gathering was a protest march in solidarity with protests in Togo seeking the stepping down of their President.

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The Nima Divisional Police Command has arrested National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah for taking part in an illegal gathering.


PNC Chairman, Bernard Mornah and Secuirty analyst, Irbard Ibrahim

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Mr Mornah was part of a crowd which had gathered at the Kawukudi Park near Accra Girls Senior High School to march in support of Togolese protesters who want their president, Faure Gnassingbe out of office.

Also arrested was security analyst Irbard Ibrahim, among some others on Saturday.


The two at the police station

The arrest has, however, shocked the PNC Chairman who claims to have sought police permission for the protest march.

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Narrating the arrest he said, the police “threw me into the Pickup as a piece of wood and brought me to the police station".

Mr Mornah further claimed that the Director of Operations for the Accra Police Command, Chief Superintendent Kwesi Ofori told him that "he has instructions from above to scatter our gathering".

The arrest, understands, occurred after Mr Kwesi Ofori called for reinforcement because the protesters resisted their attempt to disperse them.

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The protesters, part of a group calling itself the Ghana-Togo Solidarity Movement, agrees with calls by opposition parties in Togo for Faure Gnassingbe to step down.

In what has become a political dynasty of the Gnassingbe family, Togo has be ruled by a three persons in total.

Slyvanus Olympio from 1960-1963 who was ousted in a coup by Gnassingbe Eyadema, father of Faure. Eyadema ruled from 1963 to 2005 when he died and was replaced by his son.

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Though Faure has won three elections, since that time, those elections, especially the last one in, have been described as not free and fair and many Togolese have been protesting since.

The rally therefore, according to a letter to the police signed by Mr Mornah "is to draw attention to the decaying situation in Togo. As you are aware, the masses of Togo have for time now been protesting peacefully for the full bouquet of democratic rights and the abolition of dynastic rule".

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