The robbers, numbering five, had allegedly laid ambush in a thick bush between Dadieso and Bereku around 1:30 am, and fired straight into the vehicle with registration number UW 732 – C, coming from the direction of Accra, and killing the driver instantly.
The robbers, who were allegedly wearing masks, in quick succession, robbed people who were on board another Man Diesel vehicle – also from Accra and heading for Kumasi.
The merciless hoodlums, who had then taken total control of the road, allegedly fired into a VIP bus with registration number GN 8050-13 which was coming from the Kumasi direction, injuring two out of the 52 passengers on board, before they robbed the passengers of their valuables.
The two passengers who sustained injuries were rushed to the Holy Family Hospital at Nkawkaw for treatment; and reports reaching this paper as at press time yesterday indicated that one of them had been discharged.
The driver’s mate of one of the trucks, who sustained injuries, was also treated and discharged at the same hospital.
Briefing newsmen at the crime scene, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, ACP Osei Kwaku Ampofo Duku, said Hamidu’s vehicle was laden with sugar and rice and was climbing a hill when the deadly highway robbers shot the driver.
Hamidu died instantly and so he lost control of the vehicle and this resulted in it reversing and blocked the road, making it impossible for other vehicles to pass.
The driver of the other Man Diesel, according to ACP Osei Kwaku Ampofo Duku, also laden with sugar and rice, upon reaching the scene, thought the first vehicle had gotten involved in an accident and so he stopped to offer a helping hand.
Before he and his mate alighted, the hardened highway robbers pounced on them and at gun point, robbed them of their money and mobile phones.
The robbers, ACP Ampofo Duku said, then fired gunshots into a VIP bus, injuring two people after which they (robbers) took away valuables of the passengers.
The police patrol teams around the area, responded swiftly to a distress call and when they reached the scene the robbers had already vanished through a thick bush with their booty.
DCOP Kofi Boakye, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, said credible information available to the police indicated that people of Fulani extraction are the most dangerous highway robbers in the country.
He admonished commercial drivers, notably, the buses that operate on the Kumasi/Accra highway during the night, to call for police protection.
From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Dadieso, Ashanti
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