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Captain Smart to police: I am not a party to gun-demo letter

Captain Smart (aka Blessed Godsbrain Smart)/Onua TV

Blessed Godsbrain Smart (aka Captain Smart)

Radio presenter Blessed Godsbrains Smart, popularly known as Captain Smart, has distance himself from a letter addressed to the police requesting to stage a demonstration on 4 June.

Responding to the purported letter, the police named Captain Smart, radio host Okatakyie Afrifa and the #FixTheCountry Movement lead convenor, Oliver Barker-Vormawor as organisers of the demonstration seeking to take place over a three-day period.

According to the police, the organisers want to have their own private security while demonstrating.

Speaking to 3FM, Captain Smart urged the police to arrest the authors of the purported letter, describing it as “insane”.

“It is insane that anybody will write that to the police. Whoever did that is insane and I think the police should arrest that person. I do not support violence and even though things are not right in this country I cannot even hold a blade for a demonstration.

“We did the first one successfully without violence so why do we have to be violent. I do not support violence in any shape or form,” Captain Smart said.

He added: “Why will I support the use of weapons to demonstrate when I want the country to be fixed? If they use violence and destroy the country, what will be left to be fixed?” Captain Smart questioned.

Watch Captain Smart in the attached video below:

We’ll not allow you to protest with weapons

The Ghana Police Service has served notice to organisers of an intended demonstration on 4 June that it will not allow them to carry weapons on the street as part of their plans.

According to the police, the group wants to demonstrate for three days with its own private security. Members of the group include broadcasters Captain Smart and Okatakyie Afrifa and the #FixTheCountry Movement lead convenor, Oliver Barker-Vormawor.

“The procession will move from Circle to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, where the protestors will make a demand [for] a slot on GTV to speak directly to the nation and lay out our grievances, in accordance with Article 55(11), which guarantees fair opportunity to Ghanaians to present their programmes to the public through equal access to the state-owned media,” the group said in a statement.

In response, the police said: “We would like to assure the public that the police service is ready and willing to provide the necessary protection for any lawful demonstration in the country.

“However, in this case, the service is of the view that the nature and character of the demonstration as intended, is inconsistent with the public order act.”

It added: “The service has reached out to the organisers to reconsider their proposal and work with the police towards the organisation of a lawful, peaceful and successful demonstration.

“We wish to assure the public that in the interest of public safety and security, the police are putting in place all necessary measures to ensure that unauthorised persons do not march the streets with weapons.”

Below is the full statement:

 

 

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