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17.01.2009 Crime & Punishment

Robbers Strike

By Daily Guide
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The taxi driver with his battered face A 25-YEAR old taxi driver in Obuasi, Emmanuel Adu-Kwakye had a brush with death last Saturday when he was attacked around 9:00 p.m. by armed robbers at gun point.

Narrating the incident to DAILY GUIDE, Adu-Kwakye said he was at the Obuasi central market when two young men approached him and asked him to take them to Kwabenakwa, a suburb of Obuasi.

He said on the way he became suspicious when the two guys began conversing so he decided to go and pick a 16-year old friend, Eric Dorash to accompany him.

This notwithstanding, the two young men, on reaching Asonkore, pulled out a locally manufactured pistol and ordered him to stop and leave the car, an Opel Astra taxicab with registration number AS 771 W, for them else they would be killed.

Mr. Adu-Kwakye indicated that he disobeyed the order and with the help of Dorash decided to fight the robbers.

He said in the course of the struggle he was shot in the forehead, after his friend managed to escape.

He recounted that he became unconscious as a result of the gunshot and the robbers threw him out of the car and bolted with his taxi, Nokia mobile phone and GH¢20, being his sales for the day.

The taxi driver disclosed that but for divine intervention he would have been run over by a 207 Benz bus which was traveling from Adansi-Asokwa to Obuasi.

He explained that with the help of the 207 Benz bus driver and occupants of the vehicle he was taken to the AngloGold Ashanti Hospital at Obuasi but was later referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.

Mr. Adu-Kwakye who is still receiving medical attention at KATH, mentioned that the robbers could however not escape with the vehicle because it ran out of diesel so they abandoned it in a nearby bush.

Confirming the incident to the paper, the acting Municipal Police Commander, ASP Matthew Asante revealed that no arrest has so far been made.

ASP Asante appealed to members of the public who have information on the two suspects to notify the police.

He however advised taxi drivers to be cautious about the people pick as passengers, especially at night.

From Morgan Owusu, Obuasi

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