Policeman kills bullion van driver

Residents of Manya Kpongunor, a suburb of Odumase-Krobo, in the Manya Krobo municipality of the Eastern Region, were on Saturday thrown into a state of shock when a policeman, Constable Amidu Osman of the Koforidua Regional Patrol Department, shot and killed on the spot a bullion van driver he was travelling with.

 

Constable Osman on board a Mon-Tran Nissan bullion van with registration number GN 1630-12 from Akosombo to Koforidua, was said to have mistakenly shot and killed Emmanuel Narteh, 36, the driver.

 

The Eastern Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ebenezer Tetteh, confirmed the story to the Ghanaian Times.

 

He said the body of the deceased has been kept at the Atua Government Hospital mortuary for autopsy, adding that the tragedy occurred at Matse Baah junction at Kpongunor on the Kpong-Somanya stretch.

 

DSP Tetteh indicated that the incident occurred when the policeman, who was on special duty on board the van, attempted to control traffic as mourners, who were on the way to the cemetery, had blocked the road with a coffin.

 

He said that the policeman is currently in police custody assisting in investigation, and the bullion van parked at the Nuaso police station.

 

DSP Tetteh said that the family of the deceased had been informed about the incident, and urged the public to remain calm, assuring that the police would undertake a thorough investigation to ascertain the circumstance leading to the death of the driver.

 

Meanwhile, some people who spoke to The Ghanaian Times on condition of anonymity, said the mourners mainly youth, who were processing the mortal remain of IshaTetteh for internment, blocked the road at Matse Baah junction with the coffin.

 

The sources said the policeman’s effort to disperse the mourners proved futile, and he fired two warning shots, resulting in a stray bullet hitting one of the mourners in the leg.

 

The incident according to the sources angered the mourners and they rushed onto the policeman, who mistakenly pulled the trigger, and the bullet hit the driver, who was observing the scene through the door of the bullion van, killing him instantly.

 

The mourners realising the driver of the bullion van was dead, ran and abandoned the coffin in the middle of the road, and the police traced the family of Isha Tetteh, released the coffin for burial, after which the family head was made to write a statement at the police station.

From DAVID KODJO, MANYA KPONGUNOR

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