Pres to reward cabbie with a house

Veep DriverThe President, John Dramani Mahama has promised to reward the taxi driver who foiled the armed robbery attack on a female employee of the Koala Shopping Mall at Cantonments in Accra, with a house.

The announcement comes as the management of Koala also announced that the driver would be given a new car to replace his taxi cab which was badly damaged after crashing the robbers on their motorbike.

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who made the announcement when he hosted the taxi driver, (name withheld) at the Flagstaff House yesterday, commended him for his patriotism and heroic act.

He urged Ghanaians to emulate the patriotic action of the driver, and support national progress, and be vigilant against nation wreckers.

The two robbers, Obaleko Stanley, 35 a Nigerian and Oko Quarcoo, 30, attacked and shot the female assistant administrator at Koala in the leg near the American Embassy, at East Cantonments, and tried to escape with her belongings.

The taxi driver, who was among other motorists who witnessed the robbery, pursued the two robbers, who were trying to escape on a motor bike and crashed into their motor bike with his car, injuring the robbers and leading to their arrest.

Responding to the President’s promise, the taxi driver thanked God for giving him the boldness to confront the robbers who were firing shots.

Meanwhile, the management of Koala has also decided to reward the taxi driver with a new car, reports Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi.

The Administrative Manager of the Koala Shopping Mall, Belinda Bekoe, who disclosed this, said the driver, (name withheld) was being rewarded “for being a national hero and a special hero with the Koala family”.

“Four people have so far, been arrested by the police in connection with the incident involving the shooting and robbing of a female staff of Koala Cantonments on Saturday.

Two of the suspects,Obaleko Stanley, alias Suleman Mohammed, 35, a Nigerian and Oko Quarcoo, 30, who carried out the robbery and attempted fleeing, where knocked down by the taxi driver.

The two are currently on admission at the Police Hospital, responding to treatment.

The others are Gilbert Osabutey, 36, a Supervisor at the Koala Shopping Centre, and Michael Doe Ahiataku, 28, alias Soldier, a security man at ACACIA, a construction firm at the Cantonments.

The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor told newsmen in Accra, that on January 9, at about 10am, two robbers shot a lady at East Cantonments, near the American Embassy, and robbed her of her belongings.

COP Agblor said the taxi driver, who chanced on the incident, decided to stop the two robbers who were escaping on an unregistered BMW motorbike.

He drove his car into the robbers and they fell off the motorbike, injured.

He then struggled with them until help came and the robbers were arrested.

COP Agbor stated that both suspects sustained fractures in the legs.

He said their accomplices, Osabutey, and Ahiataku, are in police custody assisting in investigations.

The Director General said the victim, Lydia Horsu, 33, is currently on admission at the 37 Military Hospital responding to treatment.

In a related development, former President Jerry John Rawlings has commended the taxi driver who knocked down the two suspected armed robbers, saying “The boldness exhibited by the taxi driver is truly heroic and patriotic.”

He also praised a soldier who intervened after the driver’s action.

“We should all applaud his courage and the two men deserve national recognition for their bravery,” the former President stated.

By Edmund Mingle

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