Police Deny Arresting Arsonist in Fire Outbreaks

The Accra Regional Police Command has denied a widely circulating story in the media that it has arrested a man in connection with the spell of market fires around the country.

National newswire, GNA, reports the Head of Public Affairs of the Command, DSP) Effia Tenge has said the story is likely a concoction some the figment of the imagination of the originator.

On Monday, December 21st, news went viral that a 41-year-old man called Daniel Dah Kormla had been identified as an arsonist by the Police during an investigation into the fire that broke at a popular used clothes market, Kantamanto.

The story which originated from the pro-government newspaper, Daily Guide, had claimed that the suspect was an activist of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and that he had been arrested at a hideout in Ho, capital of the Volta Region.

According to the paper, the arrest had been effected by a joint team of patrol and intelligence officers who have been following leads on suspects behind the recent spate of market fires.

Daily Guide’s conjured arsonist supposedly had had his phones frisked by the officers who had seen that he had been inciting people through phone conversations to attack some state institutions.

The story had gone viral in the wake of the alleged arrest of a driver of Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Boamah Otukonor, in connection with the recent market fires around the country.

According to his lawyer, Kojogah Adawudu, the driver had been taken away to an unknown location and was being tortured to confess things against his boss.

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