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General News Tue, 3 Jan 2012

Dozens arrested in Apam police swoop

Dozens of residents mainly men in Gomoa-Abrekum near Apam in the Central region have been arrested in a dawn swoop by the police in Apam.

The men were arrested for causing damage to a private property and attacking workers of a construction firm working on a new hotel facility in the town.

The residents reportedly stormed the hotel which belongs to an expatriate, destroying several building materials.

Their action was a reprisal attack on the workers of the hotel after some land guards for the owner of the hotel reportedly attacked some of the residents a few days ago.

“It was about 3am when the police came into the town. They arrested men from almost every house because there was some misunderstanding between the owner of a new beach hotel and the people,” a brother to one of the arrested residents, Christopher Welsing told Citi News.

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“A lot of parents and wives are weeping and they don’t know the reasons why they have been arrested. ”

The Police Commander for Apam, DSP Douglas Lumor, in an interview with Citi News confirmed the arrests.

“The arrests were on the unlawful damage done to a hotel building in the town. Investigations currently are ongoing,” he said.

DSP Lumor, however, could not confirm the number of people taken into custody.

Source: citifmonline
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