There was drama in court when a prosecutor from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) arraigned a female pastor for failing to wear nose mask in public.
The female itinerant pastor is said to have refused the directive of the Covid-19 taskforce when she was spotted in public.
The taskforce comprising of Military personal, police officers, Accra Metropolitan Assembly and Zoomlions officers were enforcing the President’s directive for wearing of nose mask as a means to curtail the spread of covid-19 pandemic.
However, when the case was called before Justice Emmanuel Essandoh, a High Court judge sitting with additional responsibility as a Circuit Court judge, her lawyer said, AMA does not have the power to prosecute but the police.
Lawyer Yaw Danquah told the court that Executive Instruments (EI)64 Sections 1 and 4(1)(2), 2020 do not permit the AMA to prosecute.
He argued that, the EI does not empower AMA to prosecute and that it is rather for the police.
Lawyer Danquah told the court that, when she was arrested, the proper thing for the taskforce to have done was to hand her over to the police.
“When it comes to enforcement, the EI gives the police the power to conduct the random search, and AMA is not the police. It (EI) never mentions that the power is conferred on the traffic unit.
The court after hearing counsel requested for the EI and remanded the accused person to police custody to reappear in court tomorrow, Thursday, August 13, 2020.
Madam Joyce Oyedele, Nigerian national who was charged with the offense of failing to wear nose mask in public pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecutor Linda Kunbuno said August 10, she was spotted again not wearing the nose mask instead she was using her handkerchief.
Madam Kunbuno said she was further advised to use the mask but she still refused even after someone had volunteered to buy her nose mask.
She however was arrested and arraigned.