From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Kumasi
Barely two months after two policemen were gunned down by alleged armed robbers, another cop has lost his life in similar circumstances. Sergeant Ruben Akakpo, 45, of the Police Crime Scene Unit of the Ashanti Region Police, has been shot dead by a group of gunmen suspected to be armed robbers.
The crime scene was between Wonoo and Ayoko on the main Juabeng-Kumawu road in the Ashanti Region.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ashanti Region, Chief Inspector Tanko, told newsmen in Kumasi that the deceased was travelling to Kumawu to in the early hours of Monday to visit his family, when he met his untimely death.
According to Chief Inspector Tanko, the late Sgt. Akakpo met the robbers on his way to Kumawu at about 2:30 a.m., when he noticed that the road had been blocked by the suspected robbers, but the deceased could not stop because he was driving at a high speed.
The spokesman said a taxi driver witness told the police that when the deceased hit the barrier mounted by the robbers, his BMW car with registration number GT 4343 came to a stop, and the robbers subsequently rushed on him and ordered him out of the car.
According to the witness, as the cop was getting out of the car, the armed robbers shot him in the right arm and below his armpit.
He died shortly after, because there was no vehicle to convey him to the hospital.
The PRO said before the policeman was killed, the armed robbers had earlier stopped a taxi cab with registration number GW4303S which was conveying a patient to hospital.
Chief Insp. Tanko told the newsmen that the robbers ordered the passengers in the taxi to lie down in the middle of the road, adding that the belongings of both the murdered policeman and the passengers in the taxi were taken away, including cash and mobile phones.
He assured the general public that the police would never give up on their fight to combat crime in the country, despite the numerous challenges facing the service.
According to him, the men and women in the black uniform would pursue the perpetrators till they apprehend and bring them to book.
The late Sgt Akakpo left behind a wife and six children.