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20.03.2004 Crime & Punishment

Woman possessing unwholesome pork arrested

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Tema, March 20, GNA - The vigilance of a taxi driver in Tema has averted a situation that could have caused health hazards to people in Tema and its environs.

Information by the driver led to the arrest of a woman who was roasting unwholesome pork (pig feet) for sale to the unsuspecting public, at Kpone near Tema.

The driver, who conveyed the pork at the requested of two men, reported to the Tema police that two men removed buried pork at Kpone. The police investigated the matter and arrested Mrs Korkor Dagojo at her residence at Kpone barrier while roasting a quantity of the meat possibly for sale to the unsuspecting public.

A press release signed by the Tema Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Yaw Nketia-Yeboah, however, stated that the two young men escaped while the husband of Dagojo also took to his heels after he and the wife attempted to bribe the police with 400,000 cedis. The statement said when the police collected the money as evidence the husband of Korkor fled.

The release said Tuesday, March 16, officials of the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), the Health/Environmental Unit of the Ministry of Health and the Police in Tema carried out a joint exercise and buried a container load of unwholesome pig feet at Kpone near Tema.

The statement said two days later at about 8000 hours, two young men chartered a taxi to kpone and removed the unwholesome pork and sent it to the couple's house at the Kpone barrier. It said from the barrier, the driver drove to the police station and reported the case and when they went to the house, they found Dagojo roasting a quantity of the unwholesome pork. The statement said Health officials have burnt the meat.