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Police Commander assaulted in riot at Agbozume

Source: citifmonline.com

Several persons including the Keta Divisional Police Commander Chief Superintendent, Alex Wowolo have been injured following a clash between some residents of Agbozume and a foreign salt mining company in the Ketu South Municipality.

The enraged locals at Agbozume-Tagba who claimed the foreign salt mining company, Kessington salt factory has encroached on their allotted section of the lagoon, also accused the company of dumping their scooped sand on their mined salt.

As a result, the locals purportedly set ablaze two vehicles of the foreign mining company leading to a riot in the area.

During the riot this morning, the Keta Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Alex Wowolo and two other officers were assaulted.

The two are currently receiving treatment at the Denu District Hospital.

Residents in the area claimed that the salt mining concession, which is in contention, has been doled out to the Indian Company, Kessington Salt factory without any consultation with the indigenes of the community.

Today’s riot, Citi News gathered, is the latest of among earlier agitations from the locals against the foreign company.

The Volta Regional Commander of Police Mr Perterking Yentumi Gynae who confirmed the incident to Citi News said he has deployed his officers to the area to restore calm.