The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has denounced the attack on the Tamale District Court 1 on Monday.
The JUSAG said it is gravely concerned by the incident which left a police officer injured.
Some irate youth besieged the Tamale District Court on August 28, 2023, around 10 a.m. to shed their anger at what they described as the shielding of a drug dealer by the police.
They reacted by pelting stones causing damage and injuring the officer and in an attempt to disperse the crowd, the police fired some gunshots.
Thirteen (13) were reported arrested by the Ghana Police Service.
In a statement, the JUSAG condemned the actions of the youth.
“In no uncertain terms, JUSAG unreservedly condemn the barbaric act of the miscreants. We also wish to commend the Ghana Police Service for their swift intervention with reinforcement that saved the properties and lives of the Magistrates, Court Officials, Lawyers, Litigants and other court users during the sad event.”
It reminded the public about the role of the judiciary saying, it “exists for all citizens, and that justice is administered in accordance with the law irrespective of the persons involved. All citizens owe it a duty to support our courts to operate in an atmosphere free of all forms of intimidation and violence.”
It further called on the Judicial Service and the securities services to intensify efforts to ensure the optimum safety and security of all officers of the Court before justice administration resumes at the Court.
Additionally, it called for the thirteen suspects arrested to be “decisively” dealt with.
“We wish to call on the Ghana Police Service to deal decisively with the thirteen (13) suspects arrested during the event in accordance with the law whilst efforts are made to apprehend the other suspects on the run.”
The youth besieged the court claiming to ensure that a drug peddler who had been destroying the lives of the youth through his business was adequately prosecuted, CNR reports.