Tension remains high in Asamankese as the youth of the area call for action against a soldier who allegedly killed a taxi driver whilst chasing a truck load of suspected illegal logs.
Narrating the incident, Mr. Adu Kona, the Chairman of the Domestic Lumber Traders Association (DOLTA), said on Monday, April 5, the taxi driver, George Yaw Goh, was leading a truck loaded with lumber from Asamankese to Accra, together with the owner of the load.
As they moved along, a pickup with registration number GV 71-19 followed them on suspicion of transporting illegal wood. At the barrier at Abesiem, the pickup got closer and a soldier allegedly fired a shot at the taxi of vehicle number GR 3847-21, piercing through the back seat, killing the taxi driver instantly.
“The pickup driver sped off after the incident but was chased by the police men at the barrier, who sent a message to the Adeiso Police about an approaching pickup,” Mr. Kona revealed.
He said, the vehicle was intercepted at Adeiso and the occupants, two soldiers and a forest guard were taken Asuokwa Police Station but were later released to report at the Asamankese Police. This was after some altercation with the police men at the barrier.
Later in the evening, some vehicles with soldiers numbering about 20, came to the Asamankese Police Station to report the case with the accused soldier.
The youth are angrily calling for the arrest and prosecution of the soldier to ensure justice is done.