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41 face 14-year jail term each for violating lockdown order – Police

41 face 14-year jail term each for violating lockdown order – Police

The Ghana Police Service says it has arrested a total of 406 people who have gone in contrary to the restriction act out of which 41 are being arraigned before court and could face a 14-year jail term each if found guilty.

According to the Police, 41 persons out of the total of 406 persons arrested have been arraigned before court and will be dealt with if they fall foul of the law.

The Ghana Police Service said 103 persons are currently in custody across the country whiles 248 have been granted bail pending further investigation.

Making these figures known at the Press Briefing currently ongoing, the Director in-charge of Legal and Prosecution of the Ghana Police Service in Greater Accra said order has been given to Prosecutors across the country to ensure that the laws are applied to the latter in order to serve as a deterrent to others.

ACP Lydia Donkor warned persons caught flouting the directive to stay at home will either pay a penalty ranging between GHS12,000 to GHS 60,000, or serve a jail term from four to ten years.

Meanwhile, Deputy Information Minister Pius Hadzide  has challenged outlaws who doubt the potency of the law to violate them at their own peril.

“If you break the rules and you are arrested, you will be arranged before court and the least penalty you’ll be given is 1000 units which amounts to GH¢12, 000. So those of you giving flimsy excuses that you are going to visit your girlfriend, or visit your siblings be careful. That is even the minimum. The maximum is 14 years which amounts to GH¢60, 000. If you have GH¢60, 000 in your pocket, then you can breach the lockdown restrictions,” he stated.

Source: MyNewsGh.com