Police Attempts Shielding Akropong Chiefs in Breaching Social Distancing Order

The Akropong District Police Commander, Superintendent Stephen Tetteh, has hinted at the Police’s disinterest in following through the prosecution of Chiefs in Akropong-Akuapem who breached the Covid-19 social distancing decree to install a new chief for the Akuapem Traditional area over the weekend.

According to the district commander, it would unreasonable to prosecute four Kingmakers arrested over the weekend for flouting the ban on public gathering. He disturbingly rationalised his hesitation by saying the security situation in Akropong is still volatile and hence prosecuting the recalcitrant chiefs will spark chaos.

The Police have been strongly criticised for complicity in the blatant disregard for the Executive Instrument that made mass gathering of people illegal in an attempt to stem the a potentially rapid infection rate of the deadly Covid-19 coronavirus in Ghana.

Critics have pointed out favouritism in the dispensation of the law because over 400 other people across the country have been arrested and prosecuted for breaching the same decree.

Four (4) Akuapem Kingmakers have been arrested in connection with the breaches but have been bailed, in what critics believe is a precursor to letting them off the hook.

The four were arrested after sustained public for massing up hundreds of townsfolk during the enstooling the new Paramount Chief of Akuapem– Oseedeayo Kwasi Akuffo II.

The Akuapem North Municipality has recorded three (3) confirmed cases of Covid-19 out of the total 87 recorded in the Eastern Region as of May 2, 2020.


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