A driver of the Ho West District Assembly in the Volta Region has killed a young man over GHC25 cedis, triggering a violent attack on the offices of the assembly Wednesday morning.
After the accident, some irate youth in Dzolokpuita of the Volta Region stormed the offices of the Ho West District Assembly, in protest of the killing of the deceased by the outfit’s official vehicle who operates a shop in the community.
The youth subsequently rushed to the assembly premises, chased out the District Chief Executive, Ernest Victor Apau and all assembly officials, allegedly threatening to kill them.
They also smashed windows of the assembly building; set ablaze a pickup vehicle parked at the premises, burnt tyres and mounted a roadblock on the Dzolokpuita – Ho road.
The driver, identified only as John, is said to have demanded that the deceased, Darkeh Wisdom, who operates a mini drinking bar cum provision shop, pays a local assembly tax of 25 cedis.
Witnesses say Wisdom told the driver, who is alleged to have been parading himself as a member of the assembly’s revenue taskforce, that he does not readily have the money to make the payment.
Wisdom, popularly known as Pen Top, was said to have impressed on the driver to give him some time to raise the money to pay because he was not given prior notice but he did not budge.
This, according to eyewitnesses, resulted in a heated exchange between the two forcing the driver to lock up the shop, something that caused the situation to escalate, resulting in fisticuffs.
The shop owner out of anger slapped the driver for refusing to open the shop to enable him to take evacuates his sales, eyewitnesses claimed.
The driver, according to the eyewitnesses, threatened to kill Wisdom.
A bystander was said to have offered to pay the 25 cedis to put the issue to rest, but the unyielding driver refused to accept the money.
One of the eyewitnesses, who spoke to the media on condition of anonymity, claimed the driver went straight into the pick-up vehicle he came in with, started it and moved it to knock down Wisdom.
“That was not all, he reversed and ran the vehicle over him and drove off,” the witness said, noting Wisdom died instantly.
His body was left in a pool of blood at the scene, which is by the roadside, for about three hours before the police arrived to remove it.