406 people arrested for flouting movement restrictions - Police

406 people arrested for flouting movement restrictions - Police

A total of 406 people across the country have been arrested for flouting the government's movement restrictions directive over the coronavirus pandemic.

The Head of Prosecutions for the Greater Accra Region of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Lydia Donkor, said out of the number, 103 are in custody and that 248 have been granted bail.


She explained that 41 of those arrested have been processed for court.

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ACP Donkor, who was speaking at a media briefing in Accra on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, as part of government's initiative to update Ghanaians on the coronavirus pandemic, said quite a significant number of people are flouting the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1020), the primary legal instrument in the government of Ghana’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

She said "people are still having parties, going to the beaches” as well as organising weddings ceremonies, which are in clear violation of the Imposition of Restrictions Act, which bars such activities.

According to her, the police and its allied agencies will deal with all those violating the government’s movement restriction directive.

ACP Donkor explained that "If you are arrested, you will be prosecuted after successful investigations", pointing out that "if you are found guilty, you are likely to pay a fine ranging from GH¢12,000 to GH¢50,000 or term of four up to 10 years or both.

"It is in your own interest to comply with the rules and regulations," she advised the public to stay at home to help contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Break Down of the Regions

Greater Accra= 161

Ashanti Region=70

Volta Region=67

Western Region=8

Eastern Region=6

Tema = 31 (Tema was not added to the Greater Accra Region)

Bono Region=3

Northern Region=9

Ahafo Region=0

Savannah Region= 0

North East= 1

Western North= 8

Oti Region= 0

Upper East=8

Upper West=2

Bono East= 0

Central Region=24

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