- Police in Ashaiman had to fire warning shots and tear gas in order to disperse hundreds of irate commercial motorbike operators
- The angry motor riders accused the police of extorting monies from them unnecessarily
There was chaos at the Ashaiman Divisional Police Headquarters on Tuesday, when some irate commercial motor riders(Okada riders) engaged in a bloody clash with police officers.
The confusion that ensued led to some officers sustaining cuts on their faces after they were pelted by the riders.
According to a report by Accra-based Class FM, the motorists, popularly known as okada riders, caused some damage to police vehicles and pelted the MTTU commander with stones.
The riders accused the police of arbitrary arrest, harassment and illegal fines to the sum of GH¢2,500 on some occasions.
Some of the commercial riders said despite being asked to pay GH¢600 each for registration and documentation a few months back, they are still being prevented from freely operating.
They, therefore, massed up at the Sakasaka Park at Ashaiman to protest, while demanding a refund of their monies.
Dressed in red attires, they marched to the Ashaiman Divisional Police Headquarters – a move which resulted in bloody clashes with the Police.
The escalation of the situation led to the Police firing warning shots and tear gas in order to disperse hundreds of protesting okada riders.
Meanwhile, the Ashaiman Divisional Police Commander, ACP Peter Gyimah, explained that the GH¢600 was not for a commercial permit but for registration so they could be easily identified.
According to him, the registration was a joint exercise between the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
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