President of the Students Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Ghana has condemned the arrests of about 100 students of the University of Ghana by the police over the weekend.
He has, therefore, appealed to police officers to act within the law in ensuring peace in the country.
“No one is above the law and the police are no exception,” Edmond Kombat said on TV3’s Midday Live regarding the arrests.
The students, mainly of the Commonwealth Hall, were charged for embarking upon a procession without police approval, thereby defying the Public Order Act.
Master Kombat, however, said as of Saturday, April 13, 2013 when the students of the Hall were to embark on the float, permission had been given to them by the Police.
“There was an order for the students to go,” said Master Kombat on Monday, adding that the police even directed the students to go through Madina “but there was an order from above stopping them”.
He noted that by the time the "new" directive got to the leadership, some students had already gone on the "float", marking the Hall's weekend celebration.
“You don’t wait until the running of the event before you declare it illegal,” he stressed.
He said the police should be educated properly on the Public Order Act as they violated it by arresting the students.
The students have since been granted bail by the Airport District Police Headquarters.