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21.05.2006 General News

Police rounds up wee peddlers & prostitutes

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Seventeen wee peddlers and nine prostitutes were arrested on Saturday dawn by the Madina District Police Command around Haatso, Nkwantanang and Madina in Accra.

Speaking to GNA, the District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Kwabena Antwi-Boasiako said the suspected wee peddlers were arrested in Haatso, Nkwantanang and around the Madina Market.

He said some quantities of leaves believed to be Indian hemp were seized from the culprits.

Commander Antwi-Boasiako added that the prostitutes, who were hovering around soliciting for men at the Flemish and Nikkis drinking bars, were also rounded up and placed in police custody. He gave the names of the wee peddlers as Henry Nii Sodja Ashiley, Allotey Abbey, Nii Tetteh Ahene, Roland Ashiley, Paa T. Lamptey, Salifu Malik, Kwabena Noku, Paa Nii Tetteh, Razak Moro, Nabil Abdallah, Awudu Razak, Edem Ivan, Ibrahim Adowa, Ankra Charles, Issifu Issaka, Christian Tetteh Akwada and Tahira Mohammed.

The names of the suspected prostitutes, whose ages range from 16 to 40 years are Tina Amponsah, Rebecca Ameku, Fenistina Agyatey, Ophelia Agomaku, Susana Afful, Doris Omalo, Judith Tetteh, Vida Tonye and Cynthia Mensah.

There were three students among the suspected prostitutes. According to the District Police Commander, these suspects would be put before the Madina Magistrate Court prosecution on Monday, May 22, 2006.

DSP Antwi-Boasiako said, the prostitutes were chased from Accra recently and they have now shifted their nocturnal trade to Madina. He added that, their situation would be very uncomfortable, if they continued with their trade here in Medina.

Turning to the narcotic peddlers, he added that, the police would be on them day and night.

It would be recalled that two weeks ago, the Greater-Accra Regional Police Command arrested 75 suspected narcotic peddlers. Speaking to GNA by the Greater-Accra Regional Police Public Relation Director, Chief Inspector Dompreh said the police would continue to fight these criminals and that the exercise would continue to be a daily affair.