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23.10.2008 Education

Headmaster dies in road accident

By gna

Mr Clement Ayinbire Adazabre, Acting Headmaster of Kongo Senior High School near Bolgatanga, was yesterday killed in a motor bike accident, while riding with a colleague.

Mr Andrews Dagbamah, his colleague, who is teacher at the school, sustained injuries, when a mini bus, run into them on the Kongo-Bolgatanga road.

The teachers were said to have closed from school and were on their way to Bolgatanga, when the bus with registration number, AS 8199C crashed into them from behind.

Narrating the incident to the Press, Alhaji Hamidu Mahama, Upper East Regional Police Commander, said he had a telephone call at 16.00 hours last Tuesday reporting the accident.

Alhaji Hamidu said he dispatched some police officers to the place where they met the youth of the town attempting to burn the mini bus, to express their anger.

He said the police tried calmly to stop the youth but they refused and started throwing stones at the police and their vehicles, injuring five officers and damaging three police vehicles.

Among those injured was the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Roland Appiah, who sustained severe injuries and had to be rushed to the Bolgatanga Hospital where he was admitted.

Alhaji Hanidu said the Police managed to prevent the youth from burning the bus, and in the ensuing melee, the driver of the bus escaped from the scene.

The Police Commander warned the general public that the Police Administration would not hesitate to deal with individuals or group of people who try to vandalize state property, saying that, the main duties of the Police Service was to protect state property and the people.

"Whatever your emotions, you don't have to take the law into your own hands and misbehave", he told the youth.

According to Opinion leaders and politicians from the area, the lack of speed ramps on the road was the major cause of many accidents in the area. They said despite numerous complaints to the Ghana Highways Authority to construct speed ramps on the road, nothing had been done.

The police managed to arrest some of the rioting youth while the others took to their heels.

They include Aganda Roger, 22-year-old student of Kongo Senior High School, Martin Mbugri, 30 year-old farmer, Raphael Azong, 18 year-old laboratory Assistant and Bangin Raymond, 17.

Those arrested are in police custody and would be arraigned in court soon.

Mr Moses Asaga, the MP for Talensi-Nabdam and the former Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Boniface Gambila, expressed their worry about the spate of accidents on the Nangodi and Kongo road.

They have asked government as a matter of urgency, to act swiftly by ensuring that the area was provided with speed ramps to curb accidents.

They both claimed that they had personally on numerous occasions made several appeals to the Ghana Highways Authority for road ramps and road signs in the area were met with excuses on the difficult procurement procedures to obtain materials for the road.

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