The Tema Regional Police Command has arrested 35 males and a female for an alleged assault on police officers and seizing their arms at Luhour, a suburb of Sege in the Ada West District.
Two others have also been detained at the Tema Regional Police Quarters for possessing arms that belong to the assaulted officers.
The arrest was effected on Friday, October 22, 2021, after the incident.
An eyewitness, who spoke to the media, said that some men believed to be surveyors were seen around the community school on Thursday 21 October 2021.
He continued that further checks by the residents revealed that there were police officers in the vehicle with the said surveyors with one of them in a mask.
An argument later ensued resulting in a fight between the police and the residents which led to residents seizing police guns.
The police officers called for reinforcement but the residents burnt tyres at the entrance of the community thus preventing the police from entering the community.
The assembly member came in later to broker peace between the residents and the police while asking the residents to return the firearms.
The police allegedly burnt five motorbikes, smashed the windscreen of a parked car and took away undisclosed motorbikes that belonged to the residents with the excuse that they were in search of their guns and cartridges after the residents failed to heed the assembly member’s plea.
Mr. Isaac Gbenartey, assembly member for the area told the media that talks were ongoing to retrieve the guns and cartridges to the police when he later received information that two other persons had been arrested in possession of the ammunition.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Kwabena Otuo Acheampong, the Tema Regional Crime Officer, confirmed the arrest but denied any acts of vandalism by the police.
All 38 persons are currently in the custody of the Tema Regional Police command.