AMA Boss In Shooting Rage

Alfred Oko Vanderpuije
The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, is in the news again after the infamous ‘piipii for what?’ debacle in which he and his security detail manhandled a commercial (trotro) driver in the full glare of the public in Accra, attracting wide condemnation.

Yesterday, Vanderpuije allegedly ordered his bodyguard, who has since been identified as Lance Corporal George Akunor, to impound a vehicle in a typical Hollywood style amidst shooting.

The incident took place in front of the famous Mantse Agbonaa Park in Jamestown, Accra, in broad daylight.

Even though attempts to speak to the victim, Lawyer Bruce Thompson, was unsuccessful, eyewitness accounts say the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) boss and his siren-blaring convoy were driving from the Lavender Hill area on the old Winneba road at Korle Gonno to the AMA headquarters when they accosted the driver.

Midway the journey, Dr Oko Vanderpuije was said to have stopped the driver of a wine-coloured Pontiac Vibe car, a certain Lawyer Bruce Thompson, in the middle of the road.

Even before the lawyer could alight from his car to ask what the matter was, the AMA boss, who was sitting in his official vehicle together with the Metropolitan Coordinating Director, one Sam Aryeh-Datey,  was said have ordered his bodyguard to shoot the tyres of the vehicle.

They claimed he was tail-gating (following) their vehicle.

This was in the early hours of yesterday when there was huge vehicular traffic in the area.

Instantly, the police corporal opened fire to deflate the tyres of the vehicle.

He was then said to have pulled the lawyer from the vehicle and threw him onto the ground to the surprise of helpless onlookers.

An obviously angry lawyer Thompson was said to have confronted the trigger-happy cop for his unprovoked action but the policeman would not budge.

Lawyer Thompson was therefore said to have threatened to deal with him.

Power Play
The policeman purportedly took his (lawyer’s) car keys from him and so he had to join a taxi to continue his journey.

Vanderpuije and the coordinating director were then said to have caused the vehicle to be towed to the premises of AMA’s security outfit, close to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in Accra.

Lance Corporal Akunor allegedly went to report the case at the Jamestown Police Station where officers instructed him to bring the vehicle to the station.

Officials of the assembly reportedly called at the police later in a bid to withdraw the case and get it resolved amicably.

It is not too clear if they succeeded in having a deal with the lawyer.

But Mr Vanderpuije did not respond to calls by DAILY GUIDE when the paper tried to reach him for his side of the story.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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