Inusah Fuseini, Minister of Roads
People who live along the Jasikan- Kadjebi stretch of the eastern Corridor road have attributed the rise in robbery attacks in the area to the delay in the construction of that portion by government, which has made several promises.
The residents told DAILY GUIDE that armed robbers, who recently attacked some passengers in the early hours of Sunday, August 10, 2014 managed to escape because of the deplorable nature of the road.
The robbery took place between the Bueman Senior High School (SHS) and Guaman portion, a resident, Ama Fosu, who described the road as bad, indicated.
The Eastern Corridor road is seen as a North-South Trade Corridor which will provide a shorter access to the Tema Port from the north and improve integration between the Upper East, Northern and Volta Regions and also Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
The over 695-kilometre road is divided into seven lots and connects major towns such as Tema, Atimpoku, Hohoe, Nkwanta, Bimbilla, Yendi, Gushiegu, Nakpanduri, Bawku and Kulungugu in Ghana.
Since 2009, the government has made several promises to speedily execute the project, but it is currently focusing on the Nkwanta-Damonko stretch.
Narrating the incident to DAILY GUIDE, a source at the Jasikan Police, said two passengers lost their lives in the robbery attack by five unidentified persons.
He said around 1:00am on that fateful day, the armed robbers stopped a bus along the Jasikan-Kadjebi stretch and subjected about 28 passengers to rigorous search.
He said the driver of the bus, Annor Danso told the police that he was forced to decelerate due to poor road.
The robbers, three of whom, were wielding guns emerged from a nearby bush and ordered the passengers to alight and lie prostate on the road.
In the process, the bus run over two of the passengers; one died on the spot and the other at the Saint Mary’s Catholic Hospital at Papase.
The armed robbers thoroughly searched the vehicle and the luggage of the passengers and took their monies, mobile phones and other valuables.
The source added that one of the armed robbers moved the vehicle in an effort to locate more property, which then injured some passengers and killed the two who were lying on the road.
After that incident, the armed robbers fled into the bush leaving the helpless driver and his passengers to their fate.
He said the traumatized travelers travel for over an hour to get to Jasikan Police Station to make a formal report.
When contacted, the Hohoe Divisional Crime Officer, Kartey Otumi confirmed the incident and added that the police have launched investigations into the matter.
He assured the public that the police would put measures in place to clamp down on the nefarious activities of criminals in the country.
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