Somanya police officers have arrested 14 persons for performing puberty rites (Dipo) in Sawer, a Suburb of Somanya in the Eastern Region.
Their arrest was in contravention of the President’s imposition of restrictions on social gathering in the wake of Covid-19.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, stated that “the suspects failed to comply with imposed restriction: Cont. to Para 1 (1) of F. I 65 and section 6 of the imposition of the restriction Act 2020 (Act 1012).”
The statement mentioned that on May 2, about 1: 45 pm the Somanya District Police Commander DSP Isaac Kojo Otsin, upon a tip off proceeded to Sawer and arrested the perpetrators.
The release mentioned Samuel Lawer Opata, 85, Rebecca Tetteh, 70, Esther Korkor, 45, Vivian Amish, 45, Grace Tetteh, 40, Bernice Tetteh, 38, and Mercy Opata, 35 as the suspects.
The rest are Tetteh Victoria, 13, Comfort Ayiki, 14, Ernestina Owusu, 17, Aboagye Precious, 15, Florence Ellie, 16, Nartey Eunice, 40 and Lovelace Emmanuel Odonkor, 70.
Meanwhile, all the suspects have been cautioned, charged and granted court bail to appear before the Somanya District Magistrate Court on Monday, May ,4.