A POLICE CORPORAL has been shot dead by three highway robbers suspected to be of Fulani extraction.
Corporal Alexander Kyeremeh was shot in the rib at close range after the robbers ordered him and other passengers in a taxicab to lie down.
The sad incident occurred at Kasei, a town near Ejura, when Corporal Kyeremeh, who was stationed at Bimbilla, was travelling from Ejura to Asante Mampong.
What triggered the bloodthirsty robbers to shoot him alone and spare the other passengers remains a mystery.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that the robbers instantly shot the policeman, who was in mufti, when they saw his police ID Card.
Other reports had it that the policeman tried hiding some money in his private parts and the robbers saw it and shot him.
A police source the paper contacted said the three highway robbers blocked the Ejura-Mampong road with sandcrete blocks on Friday evening.
According to him, the robbers who were wielding sophisticated guns stopped the taxicab Corporal Kyeremeh was travelling on.
All the passengers onboard the car were then told to lie on the road and surrender all valuable items on them including cash and mobile phones.
In the course of searching the passengers, one of the robbers, at close range, shot the policeman, killing him instantly.
The robbers, believed to be of Fulani extraction, then fled into the bush with their booty to avoid being apprehended.
The body of Corporal Kyeremeh has since been deposited at the Asante Mampong Government Hospital for autopsy.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that the Ashanti Regional Police Command was furious about the incident and had started investigations.
Scores of policemen from the regional headquarters were said to have been sent to Ejura to assist their colleagues to fish out the miscreants.
A police source said even though the region had remained peaceful for the past one year, the regional command seemed angry over this isolated case.
In this regard, the source said, the police had mounted several road check points in Ejura and the nearby towns in order to arrest the culprits.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi