A woman, identified as Sheila Kwaow popularly known as ‘Mother’ has been arrested by the Police at Nkurakan in the Eastern Region for defecating at a Police Station.
The 30-year-old suspect who is a hairdresser was arrested Friday, September 6, 2019. She was caught red-handed after a Police officer laid surveillance at dawn.
Sheila, notorious for the practice has turned the compound of the Police station into a place of convenience where she either defecates into a polythene bag and drops it or defecates in the open at dawn.
The suspect stays in a house without a toilet facility adjacent to the Police Station and was suspected by the Police officers. She however angrily denied being responsible and rained insults on the officers whenever she was confronted hence the surveillance leading to her arrest in the act.
According to the local Police, they have been sweeping human faeces almost every day. Sheilla’s arrest according to them should serve as a deterrent to others.
It is estimated that close to Nineteen percent (19%) of Ghana’s total population practice open defection daily translating into one out of every five people practicing it.
Ghana reportedly loses an average of $79 million annually to open defecation and is classified among 34 countries with the highest open defecation rates of 15% and above.