On Tuesday afternoon news began to filter through that gunshots had been heard on Tarkwa Bay, the popular island that’s home to beaches along the Atlantic coast.
It was unclear what was happening. Journalist Kiki Mordi said she spoke to the Baale of the island who confirmed the gunshots but said they were to “lure out oil bunkerers.” Others, however, said the island was been cleared and its people evacuated.
Photos began to arrive as evening neared, showing people with their belongings in Ghana-must-go bags, their mattresses on the waterfront. It looked like, really, people who had spent their entire lives on Tarkwa Bay were being evacuated, with no alternative accommodation provided. Basically, they were being rendered homeless.