Assemblywoman, others arrested

Fifteen persons, including the assembly member of New Takoradi, have been arrested in connection with the violent demonstration at the main yard of the Electricity Company of Ghana(ECG) last Wednesday, over the disruption of power supply to the area, for five days.

They are Hanna Tetteh, the assembly member, Michael Mensah, Philip Quaicoe, John Bartels, Ransford Arthur, Prince Awortwi, Michael Adjirackor, Daniel Eshun, Emmanuel Arhinful, Kojo Donkor, Emmanuel Addae, Gabriel Kwabena, Justice Agyeman, James Appu and Albert Ackon.

The suspects, according to the Takoradi police, carried offensive weapons, including pick-axes, iron rods and clubs to the ECG yard, while protesting against the power cuts to New Takoradi.

“We have completed our investigations and we will process them for court soon.” the Takoradi Police Commander, Superintendent Peter Ofori Donkor, told The Ghanaian Times in an interview on the update of the rioting by some youth from New Takoradi on Wednesday, threatening the security of staff of the   ECG and its installations.

On Wednesday, angry youth from New Takoradi stormed the main yard of the ECG and caused commotion over the disruption of power supply to their area for five days.

They complained that a major cable supplying power to the area had been cut due to construction works on the Takoradi- Kojokrom rail line, causing worry to the community but, the ECG had failed to repair the faults.

At about 8.15 am when The Ghanaian Times arrived at the scene, the youth, some carrying babies at their back and wielding pickaxes, sledge hammers, clubs and hammers and other dangerous implements, were shouting on top of their voices, causing   disturbances at the ECG yard.

The Rapid Deployment Force (RDF), led by DSP Godwin Koduah, arrived at about 9:05am and drove them away, restoring order and sanity.

Later, another reinforcement team from Takoradi led by Superintendent Peter Donkor also arrived at the scene to help restore order.

From Clement Adzei Boye,Takoradi

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