Couple and guests arrested at a wedding ceremony

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The police in Obuasi have arrested 49 persons for participating in a wedding ceremony at Akaporiso, a suburb of Obuasi in the Ashanti Region.

The suspects, including the newly wedded couple, are alleged to have defied a presidential directive against holding public gathering exceeding 25 persons in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

President Akufo-Addo on March 15 banned all public gatherings including conferences, funerals, weddings, church activities, schools for four weeks.

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But the couple and their loved ones defied the directive on Saturday, April 11 when they were joined in holy matrimony amidst merrymaking.

Their enjoyment did not however last as the police who got wind of their gathering caused an abrupt end to their event. The couple are Philip Ahenekorah and Ama Fremah.

The Obuasi Municipal Police Commander, DSP Martin Asenso told the media some of the guests managed to evade arrest.

The 49 people who were arrested are likely to be charged with a breach of protocol on social distancing and public gatherings.

The suspects will be arraigned on Tuesday.