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06.01.2007 General News

Pastor Killed In Hit-And-Run Accident

By Clement Adzei Boye, Sekondi
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THE Western Region Police Motor Traffic Unit (MTU) has arrested a hit-and-run driver.

Issifu Mohammed, 36, bolted after allegedly knocking down and killing Pastor Francis Namoah, of the Rhema Church, on Boxing Day.

Briefing the Times here, Superintendent Francis Adusah-Poku, Commander of the Western-Region MTU, said Mohammed who is a vehicle mechanic at Effiakuma, claimed that he went to Essikado with some friends to eat and was returning when he hit Pastor Namoah from behind.
He said Pastor Namoah hit the windscreen and fell on the road.

He said, the description of the vehicle by an eyewitness, also a pastor of Rhema, turned out to be wrong thus, rendering the police's initial efforts to track down the vehicle and the driver fruitless.
The intensified search at the garages within the metropolis led to its discover. The owner, who was traced through the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Department, told the police that he gave the car to Mohammed on December 23, for some repair works.

Supt. Adusah-Poku said the driver after his arrest, initially denied driving the car on the said date, but later broke down and admitted having caused the accident.

Mr Adusah-Poku said after fleeing the accident scene, Mohammed went to a garage where he re-sprayed the bumper, refixed the traffic indicator lights and replaced the windscreen.
'He was trying to conceal the evidence but we found the broken glasses of the light which had the inscription of K.I.A. on it,' said Supt. Adusa-Poku.

He said Mohammed would soon be arranged before court.

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