General News of Monday, 22 June 2015
Director of Public Relations of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur has rubbished claims that the police escaped because they were overwhelmed by angry protestors.
According to him, as security forces who have sworn an aoth to protect the nation, they stood their grounds and brought the volatile situation under control.
Hundreds of dwellers in Ghana’s biggest shanty town have been left homeless as city authorities demolish illegal structures to pave way for the dredging of the Odaw drainage.
The demolition exercise is aimed at forestalling the deadly flood and fire explosion on June 3, which claimed over 150 lives.
The now homeless aggrieved migrants took to the Central Business District of Accra Monday morning to embark on a massive demonstration to register their displeasure at Saturday’s demolition of some structures at the slum area known as Sodom and Gomorrah.
It has been reported that some personnel of the Ghana Police Service including Superintendent Cephas Arthur had to run for their lives after residents of Old Fadama pelted them with stones and chased them with clubs.
But Cephas Arthur on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Monday, denied those allegations, saying “I didn’t run for my life as it has been purported”.
“All we did was to withdraw and allow other personnel to take over” he stated.
Though he expressed grave disappointment to the development, he assured that his outfit will try as much as possible to prevent a recur.