About 100 aggrieved customers of the defunct gold-dealership firm MenzGold have been arrested by the police in Accra.
Police say the demonstrating customers who forced their way into the plush Trassaco Estate Wednesday to demand their locked-up investments from the owner of the firm, Nana Appiah Mensah, were acting violently.
They were said to have assaulted the private security personnel who were manning the main gate to the estate to gain entry to disturb public peace.
A gunshot was reportedly fired from within the residence of Nana Appiah Mensah popularly known as NAM1 when the aggrieved customers attempted to break the gate to his house, a situation that created confusion within the area.
Gun-wielding police personnel arrived at the scene moments later and began chasing the customers some of who were arrested and drove away in police pick-up vehicles to the Police headquarters.
“You cannot forcefully enter one’s premises by assaulting and beating up their security details,” Head of the Operations at the Accra Regional Police Command, ACP Kwesi Ofori told journalists.
He said the customers acted illegally as they failed to comply with the Public Order Act for not informing the police before embarking on the demonstration at the Trassacco Estate.
“Nobody approached the police that today they will be embarking on demonstration; no information to the police and we all know that we live in a democratic country with rules, regulations and laws,” he said.
According to him, the aggrieved customers invaded the estate and assaulted the security details to enter the premises “to carry out such an illegal exercise”.
The action of the customers, he said, has everything to do with the police because “there are hundreds of homes here; disturbing and acting violently calls for police action so we are here to maintain police authority and to allow rule of law to prevail”.
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