The Huahi Royal Family of Boadi in the Ashanti Region has filed a lawsuit against the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for his unlawful arrest by Ghana Police Service officers.
In his application to the Human Rights Division of the High Court in Accra to endorse his fundamental human right, the plaintiff, Kwabena Badu, claimed that after his unlawful arrest, police officers at the Manhyia Palace Police Station refused to take his caution statement or interrogate him.
Instead of being processed for court, he was humiliated, tortured, and embarrassed at a palace before his release.
“In my case, following my arrest on 18th November, 2021, the police failed, neglected or refused to caution or charge me for any offence but rather subjected me to torture, physical assault and humiliation on my personality and dignity.
“That I am advised by counsel, and I respectfully concur with the advice, that the police have no right, power, or authority to arrest, restrict, or detain a suspect without officially cautioning or charging him, and that any such arrest, restriction, or detention contrary to the rules and procedures enshrined in the Constitution amounts to flagrant disregard for the Constitution and a violation of the suspect’s constitutionally guaranteed rights,” the plaintiff stated in his complaint.
According to the plaintiff, the police officers violated his right to personal liberty, human dignity, the right against unlawful arrest, detention, or restriction, and torture, as well as the right to administrative fairness, through this act.
The plaintiff also stated that, despite a petition to the Police Service to investigate the matter, no concrete solutions had been reached, resulting in the filing of the lawsuit.
Mr Badu is requesting that the court declare his arrest unconstitutional, claiming that the police violated his fundamental human rights guaranteed by the 1992 Constitution. He requests the following as part of his reliefs:
“An order directed at the respondents to pay me GH500,000 as compensation for my unlawful arrest and restriction in accordance with Article 14(5) of the 1992 Constitution.”
“An order directed at the respondents to compensate the applicant to the tune of GH500,000 for inconvenience, embarrassment, waste of time, and violation of his fundamental human rights to dignity and administrative justice.”
He also seeks an injunction prohibiting the respondents, particularly all police officers involved in the misconduct under the respondent’s authority, from unlawfully arresting, restricting, and/or detaining him in the future.
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