The Upper West Regional Police Command has arrested 83 persons, comprising 66 males and 17 females, for refusing to wear nose masks in public as directed by the President.
Chief Inspector Gideon Ohene Boateng, the Upper West Regional Police Public Affairs Officer, told the media that they had cautioned the people to strictly adhere to the protocols, prior to the mass arrest.
“For the time being we’ve been going round sensitising and we are making sure that we all adhere to it. So I will only say the recalcitrant, who are not willing to wear the nose mask, are those we have arrested,” he said.
Chief Insp. Boateng speaking in an interview with Power Fm’s Mary Odura Ahenkorah during disinfection by Zoomlion Ghana Limited at various Police Barracks said they would be interrogated and their responses would inform the Police Command of the next line of action.
He expressed worry that some people had the masks but refused to wear them, adding that they were meant to be worn and not to hidden in the pocket or hand bags.
Some of those arrested said they had the masks in their pockets while riding their motor bikes.
He further elaborated that education was their keynote addressing the protocols of COVID-19 placed down to reduce the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the Regional Manager for Zoomlion Company Limited Emmanuel Volsuuri also touched on the fact that the decision of disinfecting all 11 districts police facilities is very important.
“We are all aware of the rising cases of all the activities geared at reducing the spread of the infection” he said.
According to him, one of the activities is disinfection and they are targeting about 22 police facilities in all 11 districts in the Upper West region.
“We have deployed over 60 workers in the districts in the region and hope the excuse will be completed by tomorrow “ he stressed.
We’re using the same concentration used lasted year” he stressed.