One Shot Dead In Demolition Exercise

adenta A team of policemen from the Accra Regional Police Command yesterday, shot and killed a youngman among a group protesting against a demolition exercise going on at the Adenta Aviation area in Accra.

The police described him and other youngmen protesting the exercise as landguards.

A police spokesman said the deceased, identified as Adjei Akpor, 22, and others attacked the police personnel providing security for the demolition of about 320 illegal structures on the 640-acre property of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority at Adenta.

Three others were arrested by the police. Their names were given as Emmanuel Armah, 32, Nii Aryee, 32, and Tijani Osman, 30.

The rest were said to have fled when they saw their colleague shot dead.

Structures pulled down during the exercise, which started at 6am, were 15 church buildings, kiosks, fuel stations, wooden structures and auto mechanic shops, among others.

A large crowd was attracted to the area with some of the victims trying to salvage their belongings, while others wept uncontrollably. Some also attempted to prevent the bulldozers from pulling down their structures

Mr Frank Tackie, Director of Consortium Architects, who is the consultant for the Civil Aviation project, told newsmen that the people were given prior notice to vacate the area for a business centre to be constructed.

He said the project would have 3,000 apartments, including a shopping mall, hospital and an international aviation school, among others.

Mr Tackie said work would begin on the project in two weeks, hence the need to clear the land.

Superintendent Theodore Hlormenu, Commander of the Special Weapon and Tactic Training (SWAT) Alfa Operations, Accra Region, said about 60 personnel were deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

He said the police personnel were providing security at the scene when they were attacked by the people.

He claimed that police personnel fired warning shots and in the process, Akpor was hit by a stray bullet and died instantly.

Supt. Hlormenu said the body of the deceased had been deposited at the Police Hospital Mortuary, while those arrested would help the police in their investigations.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Christian Tetteh Yohonu, Accra Regional Commander, advised people who resort to engaging land guards to protect their property to rather seek redress at the court, warning that the police would wage a relentless war against landguards in the metropolis. By Anita Nyarko

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