Nine members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) and the Nigerian Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG) are expected to appear in court Thursday, for their involvement in Monday’s violent clashes at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange ABC News can report.
The leadership of GUTA Monday, locked up some shops belonging to foreigners at the Tip Toe Lane, near the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in the Greater Accra Region as part of efforts to enforce the country’s laws that bars foreigners from engaging in retail businesses.
Although the exercise, which sought to enforce the GIPC Act, 2013 (Act 865) took aim at all foreign nationals engaging in retail businesses, it appeared that most of the affected traders were Nigerians who are also members of the NUTAG.
The exercise, however turned chaotic as some of the Nigerian traders resisted the move by the Ghanaian traders. But for the swift intervention of the Police, the operation would have been catastrophic. Nine persons involved in the violence were arrested.
Giving an update on the issue, Greater Accra Regional Police PRO, DSP Afia Tenge, in an interview with Starr FM, indicated that the arrested traders will appear before court on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
She said the detained persons have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime, causing unlawful damage and rioting.
“On Monday, 9 persons were arrested for their involvement in the lawlessness that took place at the tiptoe lane and since then they have been investigated for their individual involvement. As I speak to you now, we have just gone for allocation and they are going to court God willing tomorrow.
“For now, the police are charging them first of all for conspiracy to commit a crime and for causing unlawful damage and also for rioting. So, for now, these are the charges of those individuals who were arrested” She stated.
The Police PRO gave an assurance that the police patrol officers who have been deployed to the Tip Toe Lane will continue to monitor the area till the situation is totally brought under control.
Meanwhile, following a meeting with President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, the National Organizer for GUTA, Clement Boateng says an emergency meeting is going to be conveyed between the National executives for the next line of action.
He however, called on the members of NUTAG to be ‘submissive’ and respect the the country’s laws to promote peaceful coexistence between both parties.