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17.11.2008 Tragedy

Armed Robbers Kill Man, 24 • As They Attack Family At Adentan

Suspected armed robbers have attacked a family of eight at their home at Adentan in Accra and shot one of them dead.

The deceased, Seth Amankwa-Bediako, 24-years old, was  an employee of the Akyem Oda branch of the National Investment Bank (NIB).

Briefing the Daily Graphic after Friday night's bloody incident, the nephew of the deceased, Mr Stephen Annor Debrah, who is the Oda branch manager of the NIB, said on reaching their house after work at about 9 p.m. on Friday, he saw a private saloon car and a motorbike parked about three houses away.

Mr Debrah said at about 9:20 p.m., three armed men, who might have been hiding in an adjacent house with which his house shares a wall, scaled the wall and entered his house.

He said before he could raise an alarm, the suspected robbers, wielding revolvers, pistols, clubs and machetes, broke into his hall and ordered all the occupants at the main hall to lie face down or lose their lives.

He said they all complied and the robbers ordered them to surrender any money they had on them and their cellphones, adding that he alone gave them GH¢615.

According to Mr Debrah, not satisfied with the money he had given them, the robbers searched their bodies, took their purses and ransacked all their bedrooms for more money and other valuables.

He said without any provocation, one of the robbers shot Amankwa-Bediako in the back at close range in the main hall, where the eight of them had been held captives.

Mr Debrah said when they began screaming for help, the three robbers scaled the wall again and escaped with their colleagues who were standing behind the house watching.

He said they rushed the deceased, who was bleeding profusely, to the Legon Hospital, from where he was sent to the 37 Military Hospital for intensive care but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Madina Divisional Police Commander, Chief Supt. Paul Aryittey said his outfit was investigating the case but no arrests had been made.

Story by Samuel Kyei-Boateng