Traders, AMA taskforce clash at Kwame Nkrumah Interchange

The damaged glass windows of the AMA office at Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.Photo Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

The damaged glass windows of the AMA office at Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.Photo Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

There was pandemonium at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, in Accra, on Saturday, when some traders and members of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) taskforce clashed, following rumour that a trader died as a result of assault by the taskforce.

The traders were said to have smashed glass windows of the AMA office at the interchange, and injured Warrant Officer (WO) Retired Kumado Blaise, a member of the taskforce, during the melee.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro III, who confirmed the incident to The Ghanaian Times, in Accra, yesterday, said no arrest had so for been made by the police.

He said last Saturday, at about 4:30 pm, misunderstanding aroused between traders selling on the pavement at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, and  in the process, a trader, Akwasi Appiah, was  beaten by the taskforce, and  was later sent to the 37 Military Hospital for treatment.

DCOP Osabarima Asare Pinkro said the traders received false information that their colleague, Appiah, had died.

He said this provoked the traders, who allegedly destroyed tthe glass windows of the AMA office at the Interchange, and injured the retired soldier, who was also sent to the same hospital.

DCOP Osabarima Asare Pinkro said the Regional Police Command received information about the incident, and deployed personnel to the scene.

He said a visit by the police to the hospital, revealed that Appiah was on admission and responding to treatment, adding that investigations into the case were ongoing.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

 

 

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