From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor, Koforidua
A twenty-five year old taxi driver, who plies his trade in Koforidua, the capital of the Eastern Region, nearly met his untimely death last Friday, when a policeman, whose name has not been disclosed by the police, opened fire on him without provocation.
Narrating his ordeal to The Chronicle, Abraham Soglo, who drives an Opel cadet with registration number GR 3261 U, alleged that he was coming from Old Estate, a suburb of Koforidua, towards the town centre, when the incident occurred.
According to him, on his way back to the central business area, a taxi whose driver could not immediately be identified crossed his path. To avoid a collision, he veered off his path into the lane which was being used by the policeman, who was also driving.
This, he explained, infuriated the police officer who threw a coca-cola can at him, compelling him to enquire from the cop why he did that.
The issue was amicably resolved, but just as the two of them got into their respective cars the police officer fired two warning shots into the air.
According to the cab driver, he stopped, and in an attempt to come out of the car to find out why the policeman was behaving like that, the cop fired again, this time directing the shot into his left thigh.
According to the victim, after realizsing what he had done, the policeman picked him into his car, and drove him to the Koforidua Central Hospital, and later reported himself to the police.
The 25-year old driver, who is responding to treatment, told this reporter that after X-ray, the doctors told him that the pellets could only be removed in three months time.
But that he would have to report himself at the hospital every three days till the scheduled time for the operation.
According to he victim, he is the breadwinner of the family. Being at home without any income for three months would affect the family, and called on the police administration to open investigations into the case.
The Municipal Commander, Mr. David Tefutor, and the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ransford Ninsin, have confirmed the shooting incident involving one of their men, but said they could not give details.
According to them, they were attending a programme outside Koforidua, and that they would be meeting today (Monday) to take a closer look at the incident.