A DRIVER of the New Times Corporation (NTC), Mr. Iddrisu Alhassan, who was travelling on duty from Accra to deliver the day’s newspapers at Ho yesterday, was attacked and shot beneath the right eye by armed robbers, at Finte near Juapong.
With the pellets embedded in his flesh and bleeding profusely, Mr. Alhassan defied the gunshots by the gangsters and drove in reverse gear to the Frankadua Police Station to report the incident.
One of the police officers then rushed him to a nearby clinic where he was given first aid to stop the bleeding.
The driver later received further medical attention at the Ho Municipal Hospital before he was referred to the Ho Regional Hospital for X- ray and further treatment.
Narrating his ordeal to The Ghanaian Times at the Municipal Hospital, Mr. Alhassan said that the incident happened at exactly 3.30 a.m.
He said that upon reaching a sharp curve at Finte, he noticed that a fallen tree had been used to block the road, “so I thought it was an accident, and, therefore, I had to slow down”.
Mr. Alhassan said just as he had slowed down, two men emerged from a nearby bush advanced towards him with one of them firing at him and ordering him to stop, but he would not kowtow to the orders of the highway robbers as he suddenly noticed that the robbers and also intercepted a Metro Mass Transport Bus travelling from the Ho direction.
“So, I applied the reverse gear and started moving away while they ran after the vehicle and fired repeatedly at me, but I sped off for well over 200 metres before making a U-turn towards Frankadua,” he said.
Mr. Alhassan said that the Frankadua Police also informed the Police Highway Patrol Team which rushed to the scene at Finte, but then the robbers had fled.
After the first aid at the Frankadua clinic, Mr. Alhassan managed to drive the official vehicle, GN 4759 – 11, to Ho to deliver the newspapers at the NTC Ho office, before checking in at the nearby municipal hospital.
At the time of filing this report, the X-ray carried out on Mr. Alhassan at the Ho Regional Hospital confirmed that two pellets are embedded in his flesh.
A source close to the hospital said that a surgery would be performed on Mr. Alhassan in a fortnight to remove the pellets.
He has, since been discharged.
From Alberto Mario Noretti,Ho