The mayor of Tamale, Honorable Iddrisu Musah Superior on Monday evening stormed some forests reserves in the metropolis to arrest and evict people who are using the forest as a place of abode or engaged in illegal activities in the forests.
The mayor who went with a team of military, police, CID and Journalists was to arrest and proxicute adults who uses the forests in doing all forms of illegalilties in the metropolis.
Prior to the exercise, the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has done an aware campaign including media engagement and meeting of stakeholders in the area to a ensure that people comply with the directives of the assembly.
The team at the start of the four day exercise on Monday arrested 12 suspected wee smokers for interrogation and sanctioning.
They also destroyed all structures use by the smokers in the forests setting some ablaze.
Addressing press men after the tour, Mr Superior as he is partionately called noted that, the exercise was not to arrest and imprisoned people who are found in the forests, but rather to evict them from the forest to help rehabilitate them into the society.
The mayor explained that, the exercise was also aimed at helping to reunite people and their families especially, the younger ones.
He mentioned ignorance on the side of the populace as one of the major challenges facing the assembly in carrying out its developmental projects.
And appealed to the people in the area to all support the move by the assembly to ensure that, sanity, law and order are back to the society
He also said the assembly was working towards clearing all streets in the area off any sex trade activities. Adding that, owners of homes and hotels where prostitution and sex trade activities are takes place will be arrested and proxicuted accordingly.
Mr Superior also appealed to journalists to support the work of the assembly to bring development to the people.
He was however happy that, the people heeded to his warnings and urged them to always comply with the assembly so that the needed development will be realized in the area.
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