The Sekondi High Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Member of Parliament for Jomoro, Dorcas Affo-Toffey, who happens to be the mother of Singer, Fantana.
The commercial division of the High Court issued the warrant for the lawmaker to be arrested for disrespecting the law court over dual-citizenship.
The warrant followed her absence from the hearing of a contempt case against her on Monday morning, December 6, 2021.
According to the presiding judge, Her Ladyship Sedina Agbemeve, the warrant was issued because Dorcas Affo-Toffey failed to produce evidence of the renouncement of her Ivorian citizenship.
Earlier, the court ordered the NDC MP to produce documents that backs her claims that she renounced her Ivory Coast citizenship before contesting as a Member of Parliament in Ghana.
But Dorcas Affo-Toffey challenged the ruling by the Sekondi High Court asking her to produce evidence of her renounced dual citizenship in court.
Lawyers of the lawmaker are appealing to the court to quash the orders by the Sekondi High Court judge, Justice Dr. Richmond Osei Kyere, arguing that he “wrongly exercised its discretion in ordering the Appellant [Mrs. Affo-Toffey] to produce her certificate of renunciation of Ivorian Citizenship or any document evidencing renunciation of Ivorian Citizenship to when the Petitioner failed to establish the necessity for the production of the certificate of renunciation of citizenship or document evidencing renunciation of citizenship.”
The contempt case was filed against her by one Joshua Emuah Kofie from Nuba-Mpataba in the Jomoro Constituency when the MP allegedly failed to appear before the Registrar of the court to produce documents evidencing her renunciation of Ivorian citizenship as ordered by a Sekondi High Court.
In his affidavit in support, the petitioner had noted that on June 22, 2021, a Sekondi High Court ordered the respondent to within 10 days produce for inspection and copying of the renunciation certificate of her Ivorian citizens.