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The taskforce on parade at the KMA before the exercise

A joint KMA and Ghana Police Service taskforce on Monday August 7, 2023 embarked on a week-long massive enforcement of the directive by the General Assembly on the restriction of tricycle (pragia) operations in the Central Business District (CBD) as part of the transport reorganization exercise in the metropolis.

The taskforce consisting of 20 metro guards, 30 Police personnel, 12 Police Visibility personnel and 15 Military Personnel on stand-by was led by the director of operations at the KMA, Nana Kwaku Duah with support from two Security Liaison Officers (WOs) from the Military, and some Police heads.

The exercise saw the enforcement of the restrictions on the activities of the tricycles in the CBD. While some law-abiding riders agreed not to enter the CBD and were not arrested, the tricycles of recalcitrant riders were impounded and taken to the KMA for further actions as stated in the fee fixing.

It may be recalled that the General Assembly on 29th April, 2023 resolved to reorganize transport services in the metropolis with keen attention to the tricycle(Pragia/ Aboboyaa) menace, illegal stations, day-time cargo loading challenges, and On-street stations. 



The Ghana Police Visibility Force later joined the operation on their motorbikes fully armed to ensure order throughout the exercise.

As at the time of filing this report, some known congested areas (Otumfuo Roundabout among others) within the CBD were free from vehicular and human traffic as a result of the enforcement exercise.

At about 2pm, a gang of the tricycle riders numbering about two hundred and over invaded the KMA towing yard in an attempt to forcibly recoup their impounded tricycles amidst peddling of stones. It took the intervention of the Military to disperse the riders who had initially battled with the Police Personnel present resulting in some casualties.

About 12 of the rioting riders were subsequently arrested by the Police and are due for prosecution. 

 

The taskforce on parade at the KMA before the exercise

The Ghana Police Visibility Force later joined the operation on their motorbikes fully armed to ensure order throughout the exercise.

The taskforce on parade at the KMA before the exercise

The Ghana Police Visibility Force later joined the operation on their motorbikes fully armed to ensure order throughout the exercise.

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