Over 800 persons face imprisonment for breaking lockdown order in Ghana

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At least 810 persons flouted the lockdown directive in parts of Ghana and are being processed to face the law, the Ghana Police Service has disclosed.

Out of the number, 127 are currently before the court while 458 have been granted bail.

“The number of cases in the court stood at 127 and the number of persons involved in these cases was 810 so out of these, 458 were granted bail by the various courts and the people who were convicted stood at 54,” the Director of Police Public Affairs, Superintendent Sheila Kesse Abayie-Buckman, told Accra-based Citi FM.

She added: “I am sure you heard about the conviction of people who were throwing a party yesterday. So these are part of those arrested.”

On Tuesday, six Nigerians were slapped with a total of GHS86,400 (US$15,000) for throwing a birthday party in Ghana during the lockdown.

The six pleaded guilty to the offence and were convicted by the Circuit Court in the capital, Accra on their own plea. Each was fined GHS14,000 and in default face five years in jail.

Superintendent Abayie-Buckman also revealed that officers who were on duty to enforce the lockdown have been asked to self-quarantine.

About 8,000 police officers took part in the exercise and their samples have also been taken.

“They have been encouraged to self-quarantine and not mingle with people. For Accra, Tema, Kumasi we are looking at not less than 8,000. The Police Hospital takes these samples,” said Superintendent Abayie-Buckman.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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