Police on Saturday night arrested some three persons who tried to loot items from the scene of the gas explosion at Atomic Junction near Madina in Accra.
Police reports indicate that, in the midst of the chaos, some persons saw an opportunity to loot properties that had been left behind during the stampede.
The police were however able to nab three of the suspected thieves.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Monday, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Sheila Abayie Buckman, confirmed that the three had been taken into custody, and would be brought before the court on Tuesday.
“…they tried to loot some of the properties people had left behind. We will be following due process and hopefully today [Tuesday], they will be taken to court,” she said.
“They will be charged with theft,” she added.
‘We’re working hard to ensure normalcy’
Road access to the Atomic junction has since been cordoned off, as non-threatening quantities of gas still remain in the tanks sited at the affected filling stations.
The debris from the disaster also still remain at the scene.
Business activities in the area have also come to a standstill as investigations continue to ascertain the cause of the explosion.
DSP Buckman, however assured the public and road users on that stretch that efforts are being made to ensure that normal human and vehicular activities return as soon as possible.
“…The technical team is on the ground, all stakeholders are on the ground. We're here working frantically for life to come to normal. Tuesday morning, because we anticipate the traffic flow will be directed towards town, we have policemen on the grounds diverting the routes. Thankfully, authorities of the University of Ghana have allowed to access to their otherwise inaccessible roads without a special card,” DSP Buckman said.
Atomic Gas Explosion
On Saturday night, a gas explosion occurred at a filling station at the Atomic junction in Accra, killing seven people and injuring some 132 other persons.
Two filling stations were totally consumed by the conflagration. Authorities are yet to firmly establish the cause of the gas explosion.
By: Marie-Franz Fordjoe/citifmonline/Ghana