COVID-19: 14 people arrested for organising 'dipo' rites amid ban on social gathering

COVID-19: 14 people arrested for organising 'dipo' rites amid ban on social gathering

- The Somanya District Police Command has arrested 14 people for organising puberty rites

- The 14 'stubborn' persons were reported to have gathered in a house to perform puberty rites, known as Dipo

- The arrest of the dipo rites organisers comes after a similar arrest was made in the Eastern Region

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Fourteen (14) persons have been arrested by the Somanya District Police Command for going against the ban on social gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 14 'stubborn' persons were reported to have gathered in a house to perform puberty rites, known as Dipo, despite the ban on all forms of gatherings.

The arrest of the dipo rites organisers comes after a similar arrest was made in the Eastern Region where four royals in the Akuapem traditional area apprehended for the same offense.

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The suspects have been charged and granted court bail to appear before the Somanya District Magistrate Court on Monday, May 4, 2020.

President Akufo-Addo in his latest address to the nation stated that the ban on social gathering was still in full force.

For the avoidance of doubt, President cited “conferences, workshops, funerals, parties, nightclubs, drinking spots, beaches, festivals, political rallies, religious activities and sporting events” as part of activities still banned in Ghana.

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This directive comes after service personnel were made to take a month’s compulsory paid leave in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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