In Nalerigu: Police arrest 100 persons for not wearing facemasks

In Nalerigu: Police arrest 100 persons for not wearing facemasks

- More than 100 persons at Nalerigu have been arrested for not wearing a face mask

- Residents are threatening to retaliate following the arrest by police officials

- Police in Accra and Kumasi are all imposing fines on persons caught without face masks

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Police in the north east regional capital Nalerigu have arrested more than 100 people caught without face masks in public places in the town.

The arrest comes as security agencies have begun to exercise covid19 regulations in the area.

Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kwadwo Antwi Tabi, who spoke to JoyNews said, the suspects were made to sign caution statements before their release, adding that, repeated offenders would be prosecuted.

However, residents of the town have kicked against the exercise, accusing the police of physical assault and extortions. Some of the residents have therefore asked the police commander to talk to them or face their wrath.

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“ We don’t like how we are being treated because of Covid-19. They either stop harassing us or we retaliate,” residents told Joy News.

In Nalerigu: Police arrest 100 persons for not wearing facemasks
In Nalerigu: Police arrest 100 persons for not wearing facemasks (Stock Photo)
Source: UGC

Payment of fines

The Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly together with the Ghana Police Service, are imposing fines of 20 cedis on road users and traders who flout the mandatory mask-wearing mandate ordered by the President.

A Facebook post by a journalist with the Business and Financial Times, Osei Amankwah, shows a picture of the receipt acknowledging receipt of a 20 cedi fine imposed on one Dela.

So far, over 100,000 Ghanaians across the country have been arrested in a swoop by police officials for flouting the directive.

Ghana’s urgent current Covid-19 situation

Ghana has so far been added to the list of highly risky countries with a variant of the pandemic.

President Akufo Addo has introduced new restrictions - all wedding, parties and outdoor events are banned.

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The Police survive has also been deployed to clamp down on Ghanaians flouting the mandatory mask-wearing directive.

Meanwhile, Ghana is expected to receive its first batch of 2.4 million vaccines by March, This will spark the first batch of inoculation even as the President aims to inoculate the entire population of 30 million.

Figures from the Ministry of Health shows a spike in daily numbers since December – this has been linked to indiscipline, flouting of covid-19 protocols and the elections.

Already, the Ghana Medical Association has warned the public that “their health is in their own hands” and hospitals get overstretched to deal with the surge of the virus.

Even as government races to curtail the spread of the virus, suspicions of a suppression of Covid-19 data keeps rising.

Journalists and some medical professionals are doubting the figures being churned by the Ministry of Health as they argue that they (the figures) are in sharp contrast with the reality at various medical facilities.

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