Angry Youth Defy Police Order
Hundreds of young people operating under the name ‘Concerned Youth of the Upper East Region,’ defied the order of the police and demonstrated yesterday against alleged misconduct and brutalities by some police officers in the Bolgatanga Municipality.
They protested against the conduct of some police officers in the ongoing police operation in the Bolgatanga Municipality to confiscate unregistered motorbikes and arrest riders who do not wear helmets.
The leadership of the group claimed some police officers were using the operation to extort money and also brutalize road users.
The young people, who matched through some streets in the Municipality, held placards with inscriptions, ‘Stop Harassing Us Now,’ ‘Commander, Please Call Your Men To Order,’ ‘We Don’t Want Bad Nuts To Destroy The Image of Ghana Police service,’ and ‘Stop Taking Bribe.’
When the youth got to a street close to the district police station, an angry police officer fired a tear gas into the crowd with a view to dispersing them but the youth courageously matched on.
Initially, the protestors were not many but several people joined the crowd later.
Surprisingly some of the demonstrators rode unregistered motorbikes and did not wear helmets.
Throughout the about two-hour march, they tooted the horns of their motorbikes in the Municipality in the full glare of the police.
The youth finally ended the protest at the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly and insisted on presenting their petition to the Upper East Regional Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru
However, the Minister was not in the office to receive the petition.
To prevent the youth from disturbing the peace at the Assembly, the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Edward Ayagle, left a meeting to receive the petition on behalf of the Upper East Regional Minister, but the young people hooted at him and called for the Regional Minister.
When the noise became unbearable, the Deputy Upper East Regional Minister, Daniel Syme abandoned a Composite Budget hearing at the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly conference hall to receive the petition on behalf of Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru.
The group had earlier warned that there could be a serious clash in the municipality if nothing is done about the unhealthy relationship between the Police and the public.
In as much as we are not against the operation to
ensure that riders wear helmets and register their motorbikes, we are not happy with the level of disrespect by police officers and cruel method they use in stopping motorbike riders, they said.
In their view, if a police officer dives to hold a rider while he or she is in motion, it could lead to an accident.
They called on the authorities to advise the police officers to put a stop to the practice.
From: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga
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