Why police whisked away guy holding placard to the First Lady’s face

Reginald Sekyi-Brown, student of the University of Ghana who was whisked away yesterday for allegedly attempting to disrupt speech of the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has been left off the hook.

First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo has indicated that she is not pursuing the case against Reginald Sekyi-Brown, a student of the University of Ghana, who reportedly attempted to disrupt her speech with a placard on Wednesday.

According to the press secretary of Mrs Akufo-Addo who was interviewed on Eyewitness News, May 30, 2018, the First Lady doesn’t find anything wrong with a young man trying to express his views in a purely democratic state like Ghana.

How it happened
The police detained Mr Reginald Sekyi-Brown after he reportedly went “too close” to the First Lady who was delivering a speech at a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a pediatric intensive care unit at the hospital.

Reginald Sekyi-Brown has for some time now been leading a campaign on social media for the immediate opening of the University of Ghana Medical Centre with the hashtag: #OpenUGMCNow and held a placard with the same inscription at the Korle Teaching hospital.

The Accra Regional Police Command PRO, Efia Tenge confirmed Reginald’ arrest on Eyewitness News, saying “the Police interrogated him to find out who he was, what he was holding and whether he had any ulterior motives.”

According to the police they don’t have to wait to see that a person is physically wielding a weapon before they arrest him per ethics of security.

Though the bag of the young man was seized right on the spot, it turned out to contain laptop, iPad, iPhone and charger.

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