Twelve persons on Monday were arrested for attempting to defy a court order restraining them from staging a demonstration over the poor state of roads in Tarkwa Tarkwa Nsuaem in the Western Region.
Those arrested include the chairman and secretary of a group calling itself the Concerned Citizens of Tarkwa-Nsueam, as well as the bandsmen who were there to provide music.
The group were band from staging a demonstration this morning but refuse to obey the orders by the court.
The purpose for the demonstration was over the poor nature of the Takwa Ahintoso road. Those arrested was the Chairman and Secretary of the group called Self Concerned Citizens of Takwa Nsoaye as well as bands men who were there to provide music for the protest.
Spokesperson of the group Kofi Yeboah says the legal team is working to secure bail for their members.
He said the court wrote to them not to go on with the demonstration, of which but the group also that they can not wait for a go ahead before the staging of a demonstration.
“On the 17th of June, they wrote to us that they cannot permit us due to the international …... arrest on terrorism… So, we wrote to them that no, they are not supposed to permit us before we can go ahead to embark on the demonstration," he said.
He added that the police arrested the leadership excluding him because he wasn’t at the team but at radio to inform the public about the demonstration.
Speaking on Accra City FM, the Divisional Police Commander for Takwa, ACP Dennis Abadey confirmed that 12 persons were arrested and that their will soon be taken to the Sekondi High Court for prosecution.
“The group wrote to us notifying us that they want to go on the roads to demonstrate against the deplorable road of Takwa ,” he said.
He added that the police had a meeting with the group explaining to them that they are occupied and out of numbers so they should hold on.
" Is their right to demonstrate and is our duty to police them..but they did not agree to it. This morning they gathered which is against the law," he said.
He said the group will take taken to the Sekondi to be processed.