A policeman, who was travelling on a commercial bus from Tamale to Kumasi, was killed in cold blood during an armed robbery attack on the vehicle at Hiawoaewu, near Ejura Sekyeredumasi, in the Ashanti Region.
The policeman, identified as Lance Corporal (L/C) Solomon Kyeremeh, was stationed at Bimbila, in the Northern Region.
He was said to have been shot in the rips at close range when he failed to obey the orders of the four robbers who were armed with AK 47 assault rifles, to surrender his money.
Head of the Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Unit, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohammed Yusif Tanko, confirmed the incident to The Ghanaian Times, here.
He claimed the four robbers, swooped on the coach around 2 p.m. last Friday, and ordered more than the 40 passengers on board to alight and lie on the ground.
ASP Tanko said they asked each of them, including the deceased, to place their money on the ground.
However, L/C Kyeremeh brought out his money from his pocket and hid some in his panties.
Luck eluded the policeman according to ASP Tanko, when his ploy was noticed by the fourth armed robber, who had laid ambush.
Tanko said the fourth robber came out from the bush, collected the money from the police and shot him at his ribs, killing him instantly, and all the criminals fled into the bush.
He said the body of the policeman had been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospi-tal’s mortuary.
ASP Tanko said no arrest had been made, but security had been intensified on the Atebubu-Ejura stretch of the highway.
He, appealed to the general public, especially residents of Ejura and its environs to relay information about suspicious people to the police.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi