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25 Cape Coast traders freed

BY KWAKU BAAH ACHEAMFOUR

POLICE IN Cape Coast have set free 25 people who were arrested in connection with the demonstration and subsequent demolition of stalls being constructed by city authorities in Cape Coast.

The traders demolished the structures, arguing that not only did the authorities at the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly fail to consult them on the ongoing construction but also the project would increase the traffic situation at the central business district of Kotokoraba, thereby impeding trading activities.

The said space, the traders argued, should be used for its original purpose of serving as a parking lot, a project the city authorities disagree to as they want to construct new shops to accommodate traders who could not get allocation in the newly constructed Kotokoraba market.

Preliminary police investigation could not establish that the 25 were part of those who demolished the shops being constructed at Kotokoraba.

The ring leaders, however, have been told by the police to produce those who orchestrated the said demolition.

Sources reveal that the case may not proceed further as the metropolitan assembly had asked the police to drop the case against the rioters.

Some elders in the town have also intervened in the matter, urging the Cape Coast Metro Assembly to choose dialogue in resolving the matter rather than resorting to prosecution.

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