EFL leader Ernesto Yeboah granted bail

File photo: Leader of the Economic Fighters League, Ernesto Yeboah being whisked to the police station

Ernesto Yeboah, the Ghanaian activist, who was arrested and detained for holding a #BlackLivesMatter vigil in Accra has been released from police custody.

Armed police and military personnel moved to the Black Star Square, where the event was being held, and arrested Mr Yeboah bringing the peaceful event to a halt.

The police had said the event, which was described as a protest was not authorized. But organizers of the vigil produced evidence indicating they appropriately notified the police in line with the Public Order Act.

A day after, Mr. Yeboah is seen in a video announcing his release.

He said his continuous arrest will not discourage him from seeking freedom for Africans and the continent.

“The handcuffs are off. But as I keep saying, do not be afraid of the handcuff. It is with the handcuff that we will seek our freedom. It is with the handcuff that Africa shall unite. It is with the handcuff that we shall access economic freedom in our lifetime,” he said.

It is, however, unclear what charges the police will be pressing against him in court.

#BlackLivesMatter Campaign

The Economic Fighters League held the vigil to protest against racism and police brutalities meted out to black people across the world.

The latest incident has been reported in the United States City of Minneapolis that resulted in the murder of George Floyd, who was held in police custody.

There has been widespread protest across the United States and other countries around the world. Earlier, some of the protesters who were angry over the disruption of their vigil and subsequent arrest of Yeboah launched a social media campaign demanding the release of the young Ghanaian activist.

The supporters of the vigil further demanded the immediate release of their leader.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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