- Reginald Sekyi-Brown, a student of the University of Ghana was granted bail police detained him for breaching security protocol
- Mr Sekyi-Brown was picked up for protesting with a placard with the inscription "Open UGMC Now” while Mrs Akufo-Addo delivered her speech at an event
The Police has granted bail to the University of Ghana student who interrupted the First Lady with a placard during a programme.
Sekyi-Brown Reginald was arrested and sent to the Korle-Bu Police station on Wednesday after he walked towards the First Lady, Rebecca Aufo-Addo, whiles she was delivering a speech.
Reginald held in his hand a placard with the inscription “Open UGMC Now” when the First Lady visited the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to cut sod for the construction of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
His arrest led to several student bodies picketing the Korle-Bu Police station to demand his release.
Following several deliberations, Reginald was granted bail, but is expected to report back on Friday to help the police continue their investigations.
A section of the public has expressed outrage about the manner in which the Police acted in arresting the student, describing it as unprofessional.
But PRO of Accra Regional Police, ASP Afia Tenge, believes the Police did the right thing in apprehending him.
According to her, although advocacy is not a crime, Reginald did not follow the right procedure.
“If anyone wants to undertake any act of the sort, they should follow the public order act,” she told Accra-based Citi FM.
She hinted that some charges may be leveled against him, although she was unable to confirm which charges.
Reginald is believed to be a strong advocate who has been pushing for the opening of the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC).
The UGMC was inaugurated in 2016 by the erstwhile John Mahama administration. The first face of the project was then commissioned in January 2017, making it ready for use.
However, the facility has since remained idle following an impasse between the University and the Health Ministry over who to manage it.
Last year, the matter got heated up to the extent that the UG Board walked out of a negotiation with the Health Minister.
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