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    Ghana's new military Government continued its policy of internal reform last weak when military units raided several shops in Accra market looking for hoarded commodities and black marketeers.

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    Ghana's new military Government continued its policy of internal reform last weak when military units raided several shops in Accra market looking for hoarded commodities and black marketeers.

    On Friday (28 January), troops confiscated sugar, milk, soap and rice from several shops and distributed them on the spot at pre-devaluation prices. Several dealers were arrested, and a spokesman for the National Redemption Council has said the matter will be fully investigated.

    SYNOPSIS: Ghana's new military Government launched an exercise to combat hoarders and black marketeers in Accra last week. Troops discovered several illegal stockpiles of essential commodities in shops and immediately confiscated the goods. In one shop, 150 eartons of cube sugar were discovered, and sixty were sold at pre-devaluation prices -- about half of what the black marketeers had been charging.

    The exercise came only days after the National Redemption Council -- Ghana's new Government following the ousting of Prime Minister Kofi Busia -- has delivered an ultimatum to commercial firms and retailers to declare their stock and ensure equal distribution to prevent artificial shortages in the country. The Council had made it clear that the army had instructions to seize and distribute items if the ultimatum had not been complied with by Thursday. Ghana's Government is subsidising essential commodities, and when it was discovered that all retailers had not complied with the new regulations, the army moved in.

    Friday's surprise raid also yielded cases of stockpiled milk, soap, rice and sardines. Most were confiscated entirely, but a few cases were broken open and sold at normal prices to the crowds.

    Retail shops continued to display milk and sardines, but there was a conspicuous lack of carbo is soap as the troops moved through the market area. Move than 50 people were taken away for questioning, and an army spokesmen later told newsmen that the swoops would be continuing. Several vehicles were also impounded with cargoes bound for the Volta Region and for Dodze.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA64UD3F83X9RH9B66961KGQV27
    Media URN:
    VLVA64UD3F83X9RH9B66961KGQV27
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
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    N/A

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