Tension In Oshie *Over arrest of 22 persons

 

THERE is uneasy calm at Oshie, a fishing community located between Bortianor and Kobrobite in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

 

This worrying situation, Today gathered, followed the invasion of the town on the dawn of Friday, June 21, 2019 by some personnel of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), soldiers and national security operatives to effect the arrest of twenty two (22) innocent residents without any arrest warrant.

 

Narrating the story in an interview with Today, the Chief of Oshie, Nii Kofi Akrashi ll, revealed that the two vehicles loaded with the joint team of BNI, soldiers and national security officers led by one private security guard from the Ga South Municipal Assembly whose name was only mentioned as Mr Adjatey stormed the town around 1:30 a.m., on that fateful Friday and arrested twenty-two individuals comprising men and women and drove them to the BNI headquarters in Accra.

 

Nii Kofi Akrashi ll told Today that the BNI, soldiers and national security personnel were armed to the teeth and wielding AK 47s and G3 riffles which they pointed at the innocent residents of the town when they broke into their homes and arrested the people without any provocation.

 

He revealed that the 22 individuals who were arrested are currently in the custody of BNI headquarters in Accra without any criminal charges preferred against them.

pix: Ms Naomi Okai, the female student who was seriously injured during the incident

 

Painfully, the chief said that when he inquired from the BNI personnel the reason they came to arrest his people, the latter told “me that national security men and soldiers who took part in the arrest of the people were from Ga South Municipal Assembly.”

 

He narrated that the BNI and soldiers operation in the area left a 13-year-old female student of the New Life Preparatory School at Oshie, Ms Naomi Okai, seriously injured.

 

He added that the arrest also resulted in the destruction of properties worth millions of Ghana cedis.

 

According to him, they had officially reported the incident including the seriously injured girl to the Kokrobite Divisional Police Command.

 

He explained that the police issued them medical forms for the victims to be taken to the Ga South Municipal Hospital for medical treatment.

 

He lamented that sympathisers, students, chiefs, opinion leaders and human rights activists have condemned the merciless attack meted to the residents by the national security agencies.

 

Meanwhile, when the Divisional Police Commander of Oshie and the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga South Municipal Assembly, Mr Joseph Nyaba, were contacted on the matter, they denied knowledge of the arrest.

 

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