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30.12.2004 Crime & Punishment

Asikuma Police invites five GPRTU members for questioning

By GNA

Breman Asikuma (C/R) Dec. 30, GNA - The Breman Asikuma Police has invited five officials of the Asikuma Branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) to answer questions for allegedly assaulting Mr Kwesi Dadzie, a Member of the Asikuma Branch of the Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA).

The five are: Yaw Berefo, Kwame Atta, Hamma Bukina, Kwame Driver and Kwame Noah, Vice Chairman of the Asikuma Number One branch of GPRTU. Deputy Superintendent of Police in charge of the Breman Asikuma District, DSP Mohammed Fuseini told GNA that the Chairman of the Asikuma Branch of PROTOA, Mr Amos Amoh-Ampong lodged a complaint that the five GPRTU members attacked some PROTOA members at the Asikuma Lorry Park on Tuesday, December 28, 2004.

DSP Fuseini said Mr Amoh-Ampong told him that the PROTOA members were going about their normal duty at the Lorry Park as authorised by the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District Assembly but the GPRTU members came and asked them to stop working at the station.

DSP Fuseini explained to the GNA that when Assembly held its last meeting on December 22, 2004 it deliberated and gave approval to members of the Asikuma Branch of PROTOA to operate at the Lorry Park, which is the property of the Assembly.

The District Police Commander warned that the Police would not allow individuals and groups of people to take the law into their own hands to cause mayhem.

He said the Police would arraign the GPRTU members after investigations.

When the GNA contacted Mr Sampson Kwame Anfako, District Chief Executive for Asikuma-Odoben Brakwa, to ascertain whether the District Assembly had given an approval to PROTOA members to work at the Lorry Park he responded in the affirmative.

He expressed disgust at the behaviour of the GPRTU Members because according to him they were invited to the District Assembly's last meeting and informed them about the decision to allow PROTOA to operate at the Lorry Park.

Mr Anfako appealed to the Officials of GPRTU and PROTOA to exercise greater restraints and to work to enhance peace and stability in the District.

He said the District Assembly would like the Transport Sector in the area to become highly competitive and not a monopoly to exploit the people.

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