Ghana: Angry Protesters Destroy Traffic Light After Pedestrian Killed

A young man has died after being knocked down by a car, sparking outrage among the residents of the area.

Over 400 angry youths from communities around the Awoshie-Ablekuma road took to the street over the accident.

The youths were angry that the governments' refusal to fix the faulty traffic light at the junction led to the death of the pedestrian.

The major anger was that four persons, including a pregnant woman, had been killed by vehicles at the same junction since the beginning of this year.

The traffic light has been reported bad, and the government has refused to fix it despite several reports of the danger it poses at the busy junction.

The angry youths blocked vehicles, movements of any sorts and threatened to destroy vehicles that may take their threats for granted.

A local online media, Graphic Online reports that the angry mobs damaged rails and pulled down a non-functioning traffic light.

Police from Anyaa Motor Traffic, Transport Department (MTTD) in collaboration with Formed Police Unit were able to disperse the angry crowd over an hour later.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge, according to the online report, said the police got the information about the protest at about 09:30hrs.

She identified the pedestrian as a 29-year-old Thomas Nyamevor, and the vehicle as a Kia Picanto.

The PPRO also said the driver of the vehicle quickly rushed the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The news triggered the angry mob to take the street, demanding immediate repairs to the traffic light that had been ignored for almost a year.

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