33 drivers arrested for riots

The suspects arrested by the police

The suspects arrested by the police

Thirty-Three people were arrested in Accra by the police yesterday, for allegedly breaching the Public Order Act.

The suspects, aged between 17 and 52 years included commercial drivers, station boys and mates. They were arrested following the demonstration by drivers.

They are said to have barricaded roads with blocks and logs, burnt tyres, and prevented other drivers from picking passengers and obstructing vehicular traffic.

The protesters were arrested at areas such as Achimota Mile Seven, Teshie-Nungua and Odorkor.

The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Effia Tenge, told journalists that the police had information that a group of people were disturbing the public peace by blocking the roads and preventing passengers from boarding vehicles, as well as burning tyres.

A team of police officers was dispatched to the various places and arrested the culprits.

ASP Tenge said the demonstration was unlawful and a breach of the Public Order Act 491 which stipulates that certain concerns should be met before any demonstration.

“The group needed to inform the police of the strike, the protesters could have been advised and guided on what to do,” she reiterated.

She disclosed that they would be put before court to serve as a deterrent to others.

By Anita Nyarko

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