20 Sodom, Gomorrah residents arrested

•   Some of the  rioters arrested  by the police.

• Some of the rioters arrested by the police.

Twenty protesters were arrested by the police for rioting and disturbing the public peace, yesterday, following the demolition of ‘Sodom and Gomorrah,’ the slum community in Accra.

They are said to have blocked roads, burnt tyres and pelted the police at the Agbo-bloshie market.

The suspects are in police custody, assisting with investigations.

The Head of the Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, told journalists that the suspects would be screened and those found culpable, put before court.

He said they could be charged for blocking public roads, causing damage, harm and disturbing the public peace.

He described the demonstration as illegal and against the public Order Act 491 of 1984 “which states that the police should be notified of such events”.

He said the police got wind of the situation and deployed armed personnel to the area, to restore calm.

“The situation has been brought under control, but the police are still providing security in the area,” he stressed.

When this reporter went round, some of the protesters were seen pelting the police and vandalising police vehicles and motorbikes.

At the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) office and Parliament House, there was heavy security presence.

The protesters, wearing red arm bands were seen chanting war songs, , drumming and wielding stones, sticks and others missiles, and holding placards some of which read, “Where do you want us to sleep?” “Oh Mahama” “No Vote for 2016”among others”.

The police fired warning shots and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The Ghanaian Times reported yesterday that thousands of people were displaced, following the demolition exercise at the weekend.

The exercise was carried out by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Task Force, with assistance from the police and the military.

When The Ghanaian Times visited the area after the exercise, a number of people were seen still picking their belongings from the rubble.

Some women, many of them carrying babies, had formed a queue with their buckets to fetch water from a broken pipe stand.

Scrap dealers in the area took advantage of the situation to search through the debris for metals and other items they considered valuable.

By Anita Nyarko

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