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Fabewoso: Who regulates sale and purchase of acid?


Kate Aidoo, victim of acid attack

The highly corrosive, deadly liquid, acid, which lately appears to have become a weapon for murder is sold at obscure shops in the country at cheap prices without any regulation.

Though there have been reports about the use of acid for dastardly acts which have led to the death of many people and have disfigured others, there is no regulation governing the sale of the liquid.

The late Upper East Regional New Patriotic Party chairman, Adams Mahama is one of the many people who have lost their lives through acid attack.

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Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem’ anti-corruption segment ‘Fabewoso,’ the host of the show, Philip Osei Bonsu, popularly known as OB, explained how a member of the Dwaso Nsem production team, Kofi Assan, went undercover to buy acid so easily.

In a conversation with an acid vendor, he confirmed there were no strict regulations governing the sale and purchase of the corrosive substance.

“This is the original one they harm people with and you don’t need to bring any Identity Card (ID) to purchase some.

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“I don’t even have time to take your ID card; security is not tight so why should I have to wait for someone to bring a card before I sell or you don’t know our laws don’t work in Ghana,” the vendor quizzed.

The need to put the spotlight on acid followed news that Kate Aidoo, a 23-year-old mobile money vendor at Gomoa Fetteh in the Gomoa East District of the Central region, was robbed and bathed with acid by unknown persons who came to withdraw money from her shop on Monday.

Reports indicated that the men poured the acid on the face and breast of the lady and made away with an unspecified amount of money.

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Reports from doctors at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where Kate is currently receiving medical attention, indicate that she might not be able to see again.

Source: Adomonline.com/Gertrude Otchere

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