The police have arrested at least four ringleaders in Saturday’s protest against the purported removal of Mohammed Adjei Sowah as mayor of Accra, an official statement said.
They are Salaami Abubakar, 36; Daniel Opare Oman, 43; Edward Holm, 38, and Daniel Clottey, 41. The suspects led some aggrieved persons to block roads and burned car tyres at Jamestown, causing “a sense of fear and disorder,” the police statement said.
Some of the youth in Odododiodoo, one of the three constituencies within the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) area of Greater Accra, demonstrated on Saturday, threatening to vote against the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) if Sowah is not reappointed to serve as AMA chief executive.
Reliable sources in the government tell reveal that Sowah will be replaced by Elizabeth Sackey, a former deputy regional minister for Greater Accra.
“The police administration strongly cautions any individual or group of persons who intend to unlawfully assemble and cause mayhem over the publication of the prospective MMDCEs list or any other matter, to immediately abandon such plans or face the law,” the police statement cautioned.
Below is the full statement on the arrest:
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Meanwhile, Sowah, the Mayor of Accra, has condemned the protest against his reported removal from office.
In a statement, the mayor said: “I unequivocally denounce any form of disturbances in my name. As responsible citizens, we should recognise the president’s authority to nominate individuals of his choice to promote his agenda and we must support the appointees to succeed.”
He added: “I support all the president’s nominations and commit to continue to work towards the development of the country. I take this opportunity to call on all well-meaning Ghanaians, especially the NPP party faithful, to support His Excellency the President’s nominations.”
The much-anticipated list of President Akufo-Addo’s appointees for the offices of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executive (MMDCEs) will be made public on Sunday 19 September 2021 during a press briefing at the Ministry of Information.