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DSP Tehoda battles IGP over her dismissal

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Paul Tawiah Quaye – IGP

DSP Gifty Mawuenyega Tehoda has filed two applications before the Human Rights Court seeking for enforcement of her human rights and an interim injunction against the Inspector General of Police over her dismissal.

Tehoda contends that her rights had been violated following her interdiction and subsequent dismissal.

According to her, while the two actions were before the Human Rights Court, the Ghana Police Service served her with her dismissal letter thereby affecting the main action in court.

Mr E.A Voduagbo, her counsel had told the court that following the latest development of her client dismissal, they would like to seek an adjournment to amend the two applications.

Counsel further indicated that they intend challenging her dismissal and cited the Inspector General of Police with contempt.

The Ghana Police Service had set up a Service Inquiry to hear the case of DSP Tehoda even though her lawyers protested.

When DSP Tehoda asked that she should be allowed to look for a different lawyer to represent her at the Service Inquiry, the Ghana Police Service allegedly went ahead to dismiss her.

The IGP”s lawyer indicated that he had not filed response to the two applications because of the development and agreed to the two weeks adjournment for him to consult his superiors on the issue.

The Human Rights Court therefore adjourned the matter to November 7.

On September 4, this year, the Human Rights Court in Accra rejected the application for reinstatement of DSP Gifty Mawuenyega Tehoda into the Police Service on procedural grounds.

DSP Tehoda was discharged three months ago for lack of evidence in the cocaine-turned-baking soda case. Prior to her discharge, the Police Service had interdicted her, stripping her of her position as the Deputy Head of the Commercial Crimes Unit of the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Source: GNA

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