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A resident at Ola Madina has disrupted the Cape Coast Metro Assembly [CCMA] from demolishing his bar along the coastal areas of Ola Madina in Cape Coast.

The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly, CCMA began a demolishing exercise along the coastal areas of Cape Coast last Thursday.

The exercise which began at the beach side opposite the Nurses and Midwifery Training College involved the Police, the Fire Service, National Disaster Management Organisation [NADMO] and City Guards.

The exercise was carried out as a CCMA enforcement order after several notice asking owners of affected structures to remove their structures.  However, the demolishing exercise did not affect residents who have already been granted permit.

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A resident from Ola Madina popularly known as Saabu, a security guard at the University of Cape Coast [UCC] and the owner of Havana Beach, interrupted the assembly from proceeding with the exercise by actually getting himself into the excavator that was being used to demolish the structures.

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The police tried several times to get him out of the excavator but they could not do so. The drama attracted a number of residents who supported Saabu to take siege of the excavator.

Most of the residents expressed much displeasure as they indicated that their shops are their only source of livelihood adding that they invested so much money in putting up such structures.

Some of them insulted and even threatened to kill the Metropolitan Chief Executive [MCE], Ernest Arthur because they claim he is the one behind the demolishing exercise. Saabu’s interruption to the exercise day, actually succeeded as the assembly brought the exercise to an abrupt end.

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                                        Demolishing exercise along the coastal areas in Cape Coast

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It is currently unclear if there would be any move by the assembly again. In the course of the exercise, two structures were pulled down.

READ ALSO : Operators Of Beach-Side Bars In Cape Coast Defy Assembly Order

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Ernest Arthur, at the initial stage of the exercise, assured residents who owned structures for pigs at Ola Madina that, they would be given a place at Ankaful to relocate before they demolish their structures.

Source: Claudia Mensah/ATL FM NEWS

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