3 arrested for rioting at Ashaiman Divisional Police Command

Three persons were on Tuesday afternoon arrested for rioting around the premises of the Ashaiman Divisional Police Command.


They are Korku Agbenu, 24, who the police said was ‘captured’ on video throwing a stone at them, Albert Abaa, 26, and Sulemana Issaka, 26.


Other rioters, believed to be riders of motorcycle, popularly known as Okada, and their sympathisers sustained injuries.


The Ashaiman Divisional Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Isaac Kojo Forson, also reportedly sustained head injury, allegedly caused by stones pelted by the rioters.


However, the suspects, who spoke to the Ghanaian Times, denied the allegations made against them.


The Ashaiman Divisional Police Command called for reinforcement from the Tema Regional Police Command, to be able to disperse the rioters, numbering about 500, with tear gas and rubber bullets, leading to the injury of some of the rioters.


The screens of two police vehicles with registration numbers GP 2876 and BA1043 – 09 were broken when the rioters hauled stones at the Divisional Police Command.


The Ashaiman Divisional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Peter Gyimah, who confirmed the story to the Ghanaian Times, said the trouble started when, the police impounded motorcycles without documents covering them, last Thursday.


He said the rioters protested against the imposition of fine between GH¢600 and GH¢2,500 on 33 of their colleagues, for traffic offences, by the court.


ACP Gyimah said he went to Sakasaka park in Ashaiman to calm down the okada riders, when the police received information that they were planning to engage in rioting.


“I am, therefore, surprised when they moved in their numbers to the Divisional Command to do what I am still yet to come to terms with,” he said, adding that the police would continue to ensure peace and calm at Ashaiman.


He said about 40 motorcycles being used by the rioters and abandoned, have been impounded and sent to the Tema Regional Police Command while investigation continued.


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