Court finds IGP guilty of contempt

Court finds IGP guilty of contempt

- An Accra High Court has found the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu, guilty of contempt

- This was after the IGP has allegedly failed to ensure that security was provided with regard to the execution of a court order

- The court order demanded that police officials vacate a building that was a subject of a legal dispute

Information available to shows that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu, has been found guilty of contempt by a court.

This was after two citizens Samuel Aggrey Jnr and Augustine Gyekye told the court that the IGP had willfully disobeyed orders to provide security for the execution of a court order for the sale of a 12 block flats belonging to them.

This case has traveled from 1988 when a woman, Mrs Aggrey (now deceased), filed the case against REDCO Company limited.

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David Asante Appeatu, IGP Source: Supplied
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According to her, the company had failed to pay an amount of money owed her. She subsequently won the case as the court in the judgment, attached the property, 12-block flat at Madina in Accra.

In that respect, the court was obligated to sell the property in order to retrieve the money, if REDCO failed to pay the debt owed.

REDCO then appealed this decision but lost. But even before the court ruled on the matter, REDCO allegedly gave out the property to the Ghana Police Service to house some of its officers.

The applicants then went back to court to seek an order for the police to vacate the property and rather help execute the High Court’s order to sell the facility.

But the police reportedly failed to do that and instead claimed ownership of the property.

The lawyers then filed another case citing the IGP for contempt. They argued that once the flat is in the custody of the court, it is illegal for anyone to sell or buy the property and that the police should have done due diligence.

They also argued that the police has failed to perform its statutory duty and for that matter, willfully disobeyed the orders of the court to provide security for the execution of the court order.

The court will give its final sentence on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

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