The Ghana Police Service has arrested 29 demonstrators for their participation in violent attacks on the Police during Day One of the Arise Ghana Demonstration in Accra on Tuesday.
The Police say it will also arrest organizers of the demonstration and put them before court for the attack and damage to public property.
Leading Member of the Arise Ghana pressure group, Bernard Mornah accused police of instigating the riot that had marred what was to be a peaceful demonstration, adding that the actions of the protesters were only reactionary.
This in sharp contrast to an earlier press release by the police stating that their actions were in reaction to protesters pelting stones at them.
Mr. Mornah further stated that the actions of the police had placed the wellbeing of some leading members of the National Democratic Congress into harm’s way.
He described the actions of the police as a demonstration of ‘President Akufo-Addo’s infestation of the service with his violence.’
“I am scandalized that President Akufo-Addo will allow his violence to infest the Ghana Police Service in the magnitude that it happened today. We’ve always known President Akufo-Addo as a violent person, he has demonstrated this by the many attacks that he has launched on even media persons in this country through his agents and assigns as he used the Ghana Police Service to achieve today.” he told Joy News.
However a statement signed by Chief Superintendent Grace Ansah-Akrofi, the Director in charge of Public Affairs at the Ghana Police Service dismissed the claims, describing them as “calculated falsehood and misrepresentation being peddled by the organizers and their cohorts”.
It said available footages are being reviewed and other all persons “identified for taking part in the attacks as well as inciting the violence will be arrested and brought to book to face justice”.
Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus |Justicefmonline | Accra