Ghana – A 33-year-old driver, Selas Boafo, was shot and killed last Thursday by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Kete Krachi in the Volta Region.
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This was when a 33-seater Ford vehicle with registration number GW 5342 X, which he was driving, was accosted by the suspected criminals.
Doctors at the Krachi West District Hospital, who attended to the late Selas, could not behold the sight when he was rushed in Thursday evening around 9pm in a pool of blood, with his jaw split wide open and tongue dangling.
At the time, five persons were said to be on board the vehicle.
He was stopped by the heavily armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen who are said to be operating in the area.
They were then said to have blocked both sides of the road with logs and a vehicle, thereby preventing any vehicle from plying the road.
Upon reaching the spot, the deceased was signaled to stop which he obliged.
At the time, an Urvan bus carrying loaves of bread was said to have been accosted, with the driver being searched at gunpoint.
The driver of the Urvan was said to have had his head broken with the butt of the AK 47 assault rifle that the suspected robbers were wielding, when he was delaying in meeting their demands.
But, just when the deceased driver was about to park where he had been ordered to, one of the suspected robbers opened fire at close range, splitting his jaw wide open.
He (the robber) apparently thought the deceased driver was bolting.
The Fulani herdsmen were said to have abandoned the ‘project’ and fled the scene in a yet-to-be-identified vehicle, leaving the deceased and the other injured driver to their respective fate.
The Urvan driver was then said to have, with the assistance of other occupants of the bus, immediately carried the late Selas into his vehicle and rushed him to the Krachi West District Hospital.
Doctors however were unable to save Selas who was reported to have died after being taken to the facility.
Medical Superintendent at the hospital, Dr Hilarius Abbiw, told Daily Guide, “As sad as the incident was, even more sad for me was the fact that we do not have an intensive care unit and the gentleman choked on his own blood.”
“Under the circumstance, we needed to put him on an artificial breathing machine (ventilator) so he doesn’t choke; yet there is none and he ended up choking on his own blood and we lost the gentlemen even before he could be referred to Korle Bu,” he narrated.
The body of the deceased has since been deposited at the morgue of the Krachi West District Hospital
Meanwhile, Daily Guide sources at Kete Krachi said the robbers had targeted the state-run Metro Mass Transport bus that usually plies the route.
On that fateful day however, the Metro Mass Transport bus was said to have gotten to Dambai late, hence missed the ferry (pontoon) that would have carted it to the other side of the Volta Lake and got to Krachi the next morning which was Friday, thereby preventing the robbers from hitting their target.
Source: Ghana – Charles Takyi-Boadu, DAILY GUIDE