Occupants of other vehicles in the convoy including the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Trade and Industry, Haruna Iddrisu and his entourage escaped unhurt.
The Prime Minister, who was leading a high level business delegation on a three-day state visit to Ghana, was in the Northern Region to consolidate efforts in setting up a sugar factory at Dipale in the Savelugu-Nanton District.
He was on his way back to Tamale from Savelugu after meeting the various stakeholders at the African Dream Hotel about two kilometres to the city when the incident happened.
The tipper truck was reported to have veered off its lane and ran into the opposite lane, killing Corporal Moses Osei-Tutu of the Motor Traffic and Transport Division (MMTD) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS).
According to eyewitnesses, the tipper truck was believed to have had a brake failure while descending from a hill and nearly crashed into a motorcade transporting market women to a nearby village, but the driver attempted moving into the opposite lane when he spotted the convoy of the Prime Minister approaching.
He was said to have lost control and ran straight into the cop whose bike immediately caught fire sparking up fire in the tipper truck which was also burnt beyond recognition.
The dispatch rider was immediately rescued and rushed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital together with the driver of the truck but pronounced dead on arrival, throwing the entire Northern Regional Police Command into a state of mourning.
Police are holding the driver to assist them in investigations to unravel the actual cause of the accident leading to the death of a cop in line of his official duties.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Haruna Iddrisu, according to his aides, disclosed to DAILY GUIDE that he was distraught over the incident and had since expressed his condolences to the bereaved family as well as the Northern Regional Police Command.
Colleagues at the MTTD disclosed to DAILY GUIDE that ‘we are yet to get over the shock of the sudden demise of our colleague who was hardworking and dedicated to duty’, appealing to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Alhassan, to give him a deserving honour even in death.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Prime Minister has ended his three-day visit to the country aimed at consolidating partnerships between the private sector of Mauritius and Ghana and to seek areas of further collaboration.
The visit was to enable the two countries to identify opportunities and to define a roadmap for the development of nominal skills in the garment industry for young Ghanaian female porters to serve at the Mauritian garment sector as well as create a platform to launch a special collaboration between the Ghanaian and Mauritian Stock Exchanges.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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