A Foreign Currency Dealer killed by robbers in Lome

By
Dominic Adoboli, GNA

Lome/Togo, Sept. 13, GNA – A prominent
Congolese foreign currency dealer has been killed by suspected robbers at his
residence in Nyekonakpoe, a suburb of Lome, the capital of Togo.

The suspects also succeeded in making away
with the deceased person’s money bag containing undisclosed amounts of
different foreign currency notes.

The deceased, Bikota Lukunda, aged about 40,
married with children, also doubled in money transfer business.

Sources close to fellow currency dealers told
the GNA at Kodjoviakope that about 1930 hours on Saturday, September 1, the
deceased, a Democratic Republic of Congo national left Kodjoviakope, his
business point, for home after work.

Unknown to the deceased, the two criminals
riding on a motor bike, trailed and finally crashed their bike into the charted
motor bike carrying the deceased home right at the gate to his Nyekonakpoe
residence.

The sources said a struggle ensued between the
deceased and his attackers over his money bag, during which the attackers
stabbed him about seven times at different parts of his body including; the
abdomen with knives they were armed with, before finally zooming off on their
bike into the neighbourhood with the money bag.

The sources said neighbours, for fear, failed
to respond to the distress call of the deceased, while his charted bike rider
also fled.  

The deceased was however pronounced dead on
arrival at the Tokoin Hospital in Lome, where he was rushed to with blood
heavily oozing from the wounds.

Sources close to the Centrale Police post in
Lome confirmed the incidence and said the body was in the Tokoin Hospital
morgue pending autopsy.

The sources said the Togolese security
authorities were not taking the issue lightly and will do everything possible
to unearth the perpetrators of the killing.

GNA

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