The Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije last Thursday ordered the arrest of AMA task force personnel at Kaneshie branch, Mr. Philip Adei who is in the full glare extorting monies from hawkers and allowing them to sell along the pavements in the area.

The arrest was made by a joint police and AMA security along the Kaneshie footbridge when the Mayor together with officials from the Department of Urban Roads were returning from a tour of some areas in the Metropolis.

The Mayor who caused their arrest was amazed to see them on duty whilst hawkers are busily displaying their goods along the pavements, believing that they might be involved in extorting monies from the hawkers.

But according to information from a source close to those AMA task force arrested, indicated that the leader of the task force deployed to the Kaneshie footbridge, whose name was given as Alhaji, has ordered his subordinates to be demanding GH?5.00 from each hawker on daily basis, and allow them to sell.

Although Alhaji was present at the scene, the source noted that they were surprised to see that the team who did the arrest, including the head of Security task force of the AMA Chief Okine, failed to arrest Alhaji but rather the younger ones.

According to sources, some officials in the AMA headquarters have been benefitting from the daily contributions hawkers pay to Alhaji, making the AMA task force so weak to expose what Alhaji was doing.

When this reporter contacted Chief Okine on the concern raised by sources, he refused to confirm the development but promised the Assembly?s plan to conduct an investigation into the matter and cause the arrest of Alhaji including anyone who is involved.

Chief Okine called on members of the task force who are engaging in the act of extortion to desist from it, because the Assembly has given directives for hawkers to quit the streets.

 

 

 

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