An Adentan Circuit Court has issued a restraining order against three individuals—Francis Ayenu, Dennis Tawiah, and Michael Ayenu—preventing them from organizing an “All-White or All-Black Attire Party” scheduled for January 1, 2024.
The court granted the ex-parte motion after Chief Inspector Maxwell Lanyo of the Ghana Police Service moved it on December 29, 2023.
The court's decision was based on concerns raised by the police about potential clashes and the disturbance of public peace in Adenta, Accra.
According to police intelligence, two factions led by Francis Ayenu and Dennis Tawiah, along with Michael Ayenu, were planning events on December 28, 2023, and January 1, 2024, with themes of “All Black Attire Wear” and “All White Attire.”
Francis Ayenu had previously obtained a writ and filed an injunction against the other organizers, but they proceeded with the December 28 event, leading to the police's intervention.
The court's restraining order prohibits the respondents and anyone associated with them from organizing, holding, or proceeding with the planned event on January 1, 2024.
It also directs the owners or operators of any event centre, location, or premises connected to the event to cooperate with the Ghana Police Service in the full execution of the restraining order.
The police argued that if the planned actions were executed, there would be a total breach of peace, prompting the court's intervention to maintain public order and protect lives and property.
The use of “land guards” to disrupt events was also highlighted as a potential source of disturbance.
This legal action underscores the importance of maintaining public peace and preventing potential conflicts during public events, especially during festive periods.
The court's decision aims to uphold law and order while ensuring the safety of the community in Adenta.