The police in the Brong-Ahafo region have arrested seven persons at Nsawkaw in the tain district believed to have played various roles in the Tuesday violent demonstration against the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Jones Samuel Tawiah.
The regional Police Crime officer, superintendent Alhaji Maama Arhin, who confirmed the arrest to DAILY GUIDE said the suspects were yesterday arraigned before a Sunyani district magistrate court and had been remanded into one-week prison custody. they were charged with rioting and causing harm.
The suspects are, David Ofosu, 50; Kwaku Seidu, 36; Yaw Yeboah, 32; King William Abebrese, 37; Atta Kwadwo, 21; Nketia Alexander, 32 and Frank Gyan, 35.
According to supt Arhin, the suspects were among demonstrators who barricaded the office of the DCE at the district assembly and further went to the official residence of the DCE and succeeded in destroying air conditioner and glasses.
he said the timely intervention of the police prevented the irate demonstrators from vandalizing the entire structure.
The police chief disclosed that the Nsawkaw township where the demonstration took place, was very calm as a number of police cum military patrol team had been dispatched to the town to maintain law and order.
On Tuesday, March 10, some residents of Nsawkaw staged a massive protest against the DCE, for allegedly making some disparaging remarks about the district capital.
According to the residents, the DCE, who hails from Seikwa, also in the district, described Nsawkaw, the capital, as a village in his quest to move the 58th independence anniversary district parade to Seikwa.
Though the dCe had been made to apologise to the chiefs and people of Nsawkaw about his alleged remarks when the regional minister intervened, the youth of the town are demanding his removal.
They have vowed to make the district ungovernable until Mr. Tawiah had been sacked from office.
They warned the DCE, who fled the town during the disturbances, not to return to the capital again, threatening that there would be trouble if he came back.
At the moment, most males, especially the youth, have fled the town, leaving only women and children, for fear of being arrested by the military/ police patrol team.
From Fred Tettey Alarti -Amoako, Sunyani
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