- Some major roads in Accra have been blocked to give way for Amissah Arthur's state burial
- These roads which include the Osu Cemetary Traffic Light and the Lokko Street will remain closed till Friday, July 27th
- The body of the late vice president will be laid in state at the Accra International Conference Centre
The Accra police command has served notice to block some major roads in the capital of Accra ahead of the two-day final funeral rites for the late vice president, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur.
In a public statement, the police state that these major roads will be:
1. Osu Cemetary Traffic Light
2. The Lokko Street
3. The Castle Road
4. AU Circle to Osu Cemetary Traffic Light.
According to the police, these major streets will remain closed from Thursday, 26th July to Friday, July 27. Also, all unmarked vehicles and those without the needed documents will not be allowed to park or drive along these routes.
Following the roadblocks, the police command has ensured drivers from the Lokko Street towards the Castle road to consider using the Ajumaku and Oxford Streets. Also, vehicular movement from the AU Circle towards the Castle road shall be diverted unto the Abdul Diouf and King Hassan roads.
The funeral service for the late vice president will see him buried on Friday, 27 July at the Military Cemetery, Accra. Before that, his remains will be laid in state at the foyer of the Accra International Conference Centre for filing past by the general public on Thursday, 26 July.
Background to his death
The former vice president of Ghana, Amissah-Arthur, is reported to have been thrown onto the back of a pick-up vehicle due to the non-availability of an ambulance.
The late former vice president was actually at the Air Force Gym with other key figures in Ghana including the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II.
The chief recounted how he heard a bang around the treadmill on which Amissah Arthur was exercising.
"Three women in the gym were screaming, I left my machine and went and there lay my friend trying to find some air to breathe. We gathered around him and pumped his heart as hard as we could, yelled out his name; his wife was calling out: 'Jesus, save him!' I just said: 'Call the ambulance, let's take him to the hospital'," he narrated.
The quest to save Amissah-Arthur darkened when it was realized there was not an ambulance around to convey him to the hospital.
"...there was no ambulance, there was no car, we threw the former vice-president in the back of a pick-up and drove off to 37," he revealed in a video.
Should the revelation by the Okyenhene be anything to go by then there could be questions regarding whether the manner in which the late former vice president was handled could have worsened his predicament.
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