The police on Monday morning moved in to quell some macho men from the Ashaiman branch of the Invisible Forces, a vigilante group aligned to the New Patriotic Party, who had hijacked and allegedly assaulted workers at the tollbooth along the Tema-Tetteh Quarshie Motorway
The gang, numbering about 70, allegedly ransacked the room where proceeds from the toll collections are being kept and moved the money into a Mercedes Benz with registration number GN 9174 Z, an eyewitness told TV3’s Stanley Nii Blewu.
Their action is coming a day after the New Patriotic Party issued a statement to condemn similar attacks in some parts of the country and caution members to desist from engaging in any violent acts.
One of the workers at the tollbooth who gave his name as Augustine said he was slapped by one of the marauding gang who also heckled a female colleague who tried to stop them from drawing money from the safe.
“They sacked all of us and took all our money,” he confirmed to 3FM, adding that for about “30 minutes cars were passing without paying anything”.
He however recalled one of the macho men later entering a booth to take money from the drivers but pocketed what he received.
A man who described himself as the commander of the gang, Mohammed Ali said their presence at the tollbooth was a retaliation to what supporters of the NDC did in 2008 when the late former president Atta Mills was declared president elect.
“We are not coming to take over, we are only coming to monitor things,” he told TV3.
He claimed the money seized from the tollbooth attendants was handed over to the police.
Meanwhile, the Tema Regional Police Command has assured that no illegal group would be allowed to takeover the tollboth.
Recently, some tollbooths in Fiapre in the Brong Ahafo region were burnt down by persons believed to be supporters of the New Patriotic Party that won power in the December 7 elections.
By 3news.com |Ghana