Tamale police arrest 6 for smoking wee in forest reserve

A combine team of police and military personnel on Tuesday apprehended six persons in a forest reserve within the Tamale metropolis in the Northern Region for possessing dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.


The suspects whose names are being withheld for security reasons are in police custody pending further investigations.


They were said to be smoking dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp at the time of their arrest.


The combine team of the security personnel in the early hours of Tuesday swooped the forest reserve in a bit to get rid of criminals in the city.


An eyewitness Sayibu Salifu in an interview with the Ghanaian Times said many of the people in an attempt to escape arrest, injured themselves in the process.


He said many of them who took to their heels without their dresses were believed to be mostly hardened criminals in the Tamale metropolis who were taking refuge in forest reserves.


The Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) Mr. Musah Iddrisu Superior, in a brief remark to the media before the exercise vowed to flush out the criminals from the city.


He emphasised that the assembly was bent on making the city safe for people to conduct their businesses lawfully without fear.


Mr. Superior said that many people had complained about the activities of some unscrupulous people who were harassing businessmen and women near the forest reserve.


He said that many of the businessmen and women have lost mostly money due to the activities of the criminals.


The Mayor revealed that it was gradually becoming a habit for many young people in the metropolis to smoke hemp openly in the forest where they also had open sex.


Mr. Superior hinted that the assembly was planning to turn the forest reserves into recreational centres which would generate revenue for the assembly.


He called on the people to support the Assembly to create conducive environment in the metropolis for development.

From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.



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