The Police Commander of Bolgatanga Municipal, Superintendent Richard Anaba Salifu has conceded ordering his officers to beat some market women who were demonstrating against a decision to relocate them to a new market.
Some market women illegally took to the streets of the town to show their displeasure to the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly’s decision to move them from the Bolgatanga market to a new satellite market.
The Assembly took the decision in a bid to ensure adherence to social distancing protocols in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The traders however kicked against the relocation citing lack of adequate space at the new market.
During their protest on Monday, they were whipped by police officers from the Bolgatanga Municipal Police Command.
Some of the traders were also arrested but were later granted bail.
The Municipal commnader admitted that he told his men to discipline the agitating women.
“I was in the office when I had several calls that some women are demonstrating in town so I asked what was the reason but nobody could tell me. So I just organized my men and we went to the scene. So when we got to the High Court junction, we met a group of women numbering about 60 and wearing red bands and chanting No DCE. So I asked them what was the problem and they told me they were angry and they will not even mind me.”
“So I asked them to disperse because they didn’t follow the instructions and were trying to move forward so I ordered my men to whip them and as many as we could, we should arrest them and process them for court. It was when we started whipping and arresting them that they started dispersing. So we managed to arrest a number of them and we are processing them for court.”
Superintendent Salifu explained that when he got to the office, he had another call that the traders had regrouped and were heading towards the police station.
“When I got out, they were almost at the police station so we had to use force again and managed to whip them and arrested some of them too because it was a security zone,” he added.