Clash between Ga traditionalists, Christians: 6 arrested

There was melee at the Abeka branch of the Assemblies of God Church in Accra when members of the Ga Traditional Council Taskforce allegedly confronted worshippers during church service last Sunday.

The worshippers of the Abeka branch of the Assemblies of God Church were allegedly accosted when they defied the month-long ban on noise making imposed the traditional council.

Six members of the taskforce were arrested and are currently on police enquiry bail whiles investigations continue.

The suspects who are between the ages of 20 and 40 are Nii Djanii, Hammond Djanii, Rogger Vanderpuye, Emmanuel Dzatta,Asafoatse Allotey Dzatta and Rogger Afo Parckson.

Two members of the church were reported to have suffered various injuries during the commotion, the Tesano Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Oduro Amaning told the Ghanaian Times in Accra.

He said at about 11:40am on Sunday, May 20, Stephen Kofi Okoi, a pastor of the Assemblies of God Church, Abeka branch made a complaint to the police.

Police personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department went to the location, arrested and brought the suspects to the Tesano Divisional Police Command.

Chief Supt Amaning said the complainant alleged that the suspects who arrived at the premises in two vehicles with registration numbers GR 1247-D and GN 4284-11 forced their way into the church alleging that they were making noise whilst the ban on noise making was in force.

The Commanders said the injuired persons were issued with medical forms to attend hospital whilst two vehicles were impounded by the police.

He said the suspects have been provisionally charged for causing harm, causing damage to property and causing fear and panic and would soon be arraigned.

The Commander urged churches to go according to the laid down regulations governing the regulations on the ban.

He cautioned the taskforce not to abuse the system whiles enforcing the ban..

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) said that the ban on drumming and noise making in the metropolis would begin from May 14 to June 14, 2018.

A statement signed by Gilbert Nii Ankrah, Head of Public Affairs, AMA, on Thursday said that it had therefore set the following guidelines in the interest of peace, harmony and national security.

It said during the period of the ban, the usual form of worship should be confined to the premises of churches and mosques and noise level be minimised to the barest limits possible.

“Religious bodies and the traditional authorities must show respect for one another and restrain their followers from making derogatory and inflammatory remarks about the beliefs and practices of one another,” the statement said.”

“Apart from an identifiable task force which consists of AMA personnel, the Police Service and representatives from the traditional authorities with tags, no other person or group of persons should be seen or found enforcing the ban on noise in the metropolis,” the statement added.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi





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