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Police, residents clash at Ablekuma during a demonstration

By Kweku Antwi Jnr

There was an exchange of stones and tear gas between the residents of Ablekuma in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region and police from the Greater Accra Region Police Command when the residents staged a fierce protest against the government over the dilapidated state of their roads.

The residents, who were mostly from Manhia, Borkorborko, Afoaman, all suburbs of Ablekuma burnt vehicles tyres and blocked major roads, making human and vehicular movements impossible.

There was tear gas to dispel the demonstrators who had blocked all the major roads while the residents pelted stones at the police.

Commercial activities came to standstill as the demonstrators who were mostly commercial drivers parked their vehicles and prevent human and vehicular movement.

The situation affected education as school children were not allowed to leave these areas for schools that are situated in and outside the areas.

Most of the students and pupils were seen hovering around the area helpless.

Only residents who wake up before 5 am on Monday were able to board some commercial vehicles travelling from the areas to their various destinations but those who wake up after 5 am were not able to bore any vehicle to their destinations.

This compelled the police who stormed the place to despairs the demonstrators to make way for movements of human and vehicles but they [residents] retaliated by pelting stones at the police.

The police, therefore, fired tear gas to despairs them but this would not prevent them from throwing stones at the police.

The Ga West Municipal Chief Executive, Clement Wikingson, in an interview with PrimeNewsGhana said there is a contractor on site working on the said roads, but the residents claim it was false.

He said he [the contractor] has done the drains already and he will come back because the contract is two years.

It would be recalled that, in May 2017, hundreds of residents in the municipality were left stranded as the Ablekuma-Manhean-Afuaman and Oduman-Nsakina road was blocked by angry residents and drivers.

The protesters, including commercial drivers, parked their vehicles and refused to pick passengers.

Four years ago they took part in a massive demonstration which lasted for about 12 hours over the same issue.

The residents have therefore threatened to demonstrate continuously for a week if nothing ‘reasonable’ is heard from the authorities.

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