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Crime & Punishment Wed, 4 Sep 2013

Armed robbers shoot 3 on Achiase-Mankesim road

Two drivers and a driver’s mate sustained serious gunshot wounds when suspected armed robbers opened fire on them on the Akyem Achiase-Mankesim road on Monday evening.

Samuel Oduro, 29, the driver of a Hyundai Grace mini bus with registration number GR570-12, had his upper lip, teeth, part of his tongue and nose blown off by the gunshot.

The other victims are his 20-year-old mate, Gideon Frimpong, and Isaac Atokpley, 28, a driver of a taxi with registration number GW5539 -12.

Oduro whose condition is critical has been referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, for specialist attention, while Frimpong and Atokpley have been admitted to the Oda Government Hospital for treatment.

Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Oda Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr James Sarfo-Peprah, said around 7.10 p.m. that day, Atokpley, who was driving his taxi, encountered the armed robbers who signalled him to stop.

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He said sensing danger, Atokpley sped off but the robbers fired into the vehicle, injuring him in the face and stomach.

Mr Sarfo-Peprah said, Atokpley managed to open the door of the taxi, got off and fled.

According to Mr Sarfo-Peprah, the robbers had attempted to pursue the fleeing taxi driver when the Hyundai Grace bus driven by Oduro emerged. They left Atokpley and rushed on the driver and occupants of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, when Oduro saw the taxi parked in the bush, he thought the vehicle had developed a fault so he parked his bus with a view to going to the aid of the taxi driver.

He said no sooner had Oduro gotten off his bus than the robbers emerged from the bush and without any provocation, shot him in the face.

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Mr Sarfo-Peprah said Oduro’s mate, Frimpong, was not spared as he was shot in the mouth and leg by the robbers.

He said Frimpong fled into the bush and walked to Achiase to report the matter to the people.

He said the robbers who had a field day, robbed the passengers on the mini bus of their money and other valuables after subjecting them to inhuman treatment.

According Mr Sarfo-Peprah, despite his serious injury, Oduro mustered courage and drove his mini bus and the passengers to Achiase while bleeding profusely from his wounds.

He said a Good Samaritan took over the vehicle, lodged a complaint with the Achiase Police and rushed Oduro to the Oda Government Hospital for treatment.

Source: Daily Graphic