BY PHILIP ANTOH | firstname.lastname@example.org
PETTY TRADERS at CMB market who sell their wares in and around the National Investment Bank (NIB) area are appealing to the Inspector General of Police to immediately call the Railway Police Commander to order over what they described as constant harassment.
The traders are accusing DSP Asante, the Railway Police Commander, for unlawful arrest and constant harassment for selling on the pavement to support their families.
According to the angry traders, on many occasions the police commander have caused their arrest and demanded that they pay various sums of money before being granted bail.
Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, one of the spokesperson of the traders and a pawpaw seller, Mrs Joyce Kwabi, said the irony of the whole situation was that officials of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, on daily basis, collected market tolls and “have given us licence to operate.”
Mrs Kwabi accused the commander for collecting GH₡10,000 from a store owner, hence his constant arrest and harassment of the traders aimed at sacking us from the place.
She said “in February alone more than 23 market women were arrested and sent to the police station around 8 a.m. and we were released on bail at 8 p.m. Some of us had to call our husbands to come and pay GH₡30.00 before we were released.”
A ginger and garlic seller, Mrs Salomey Amoah, said on March 27, 2019, DSP Asante ordered his men to arrest 15 of us and we were asked to pay GH₡30.00 each before we were released.
“When we got to the police station, the commander said because we were selling on the pavement we should write our statement so after the statement we waited till 7 p.m. when he came to tell us to write another statement and around 8 p.m. asked us to look for people to bail us,” Mrs Amoah stated.
Mrs Joyce Acheampong said few weeks ago, the commander asked his men to throw all my things into the gutter after which he wanted to arrest me but I managed to run away.
Reacting to the accusations, DSP Asante called the bluff of the women, describing their accusation as ‘shit’ and denied ever taking money from someone to influence his decision.
DSP Asante said selling on pavements and other restricted areas in the city was against the Public Nuisance Act, adding that what the traders were engaging in was illegality and would ensure that the right things were done.
“I will continue to arrest them on many occasions to make their act criminal. then I will process them to court for prosecution,” the Police Commander stated.
Source: Ghana/dailyheritage.com.gh /April 25, 2019