By Cecil Mensah
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) together with joint security agents made up of the Military and the Police personnel last Wednesday January 27, 2016, stormed and raided all illegal structures at a portion of the Accra -Tema – 37 station, near the Abeka-Lapaz branch of Delcam Book shop in the Greater Accra region.
The exercise, which started after noon, was supervised by Chief Okine, the commandant of the AMA taskforce and the Assembly man for the area, Ibrahim Odai, popularly known as Alaye.
Officials of the AMA, demolished the illegal structures, whilst owners of the said structures look on helplessly, because it was believed they were paid some huge compensation during the construction of the George Walker Bush N1 Highway.
According to sources, the Assembly, was clearing the area which has been paid for by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) during the construction of the N1 Highway for a permanent Police station for the people of the fast growing Abeka-Lapaz community.
The Abeka-Lapaz Police post, accommodated in a container, will now have a befitting office, as well as a proper office space for personnel of the service, if the Assembly was able to carry out its laudable idea of relocating the station to the new area.
The current Police post known as Lapaz Police container adjacent the Standard Chartered Bank along the N1 Highway is expected to be relocated to the demolished area, which is located within the lorry terminal as a permanent office.
The demolition exercise, heavily guarded by the armed security personnel drew the attention of onlookers, as well as politicians namely, Godwin Ako Gun, the failed governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary aspirant for Okaikoi North in the just ended November 2015 nationwide primaries.
A source told The Herald that, the Assembly took the decision to provide a better and a permanent place for the security operatives, after a careful deliberation with the opinion leaders and chiefs of the area.
When The Herald contacted Chief Okine, the head of operations, he denied comment on the exercise directing this reporter to contact the Public Relations officer (PRO) of the Assembly for more details on the exercise.