Defence Minister Mourns Crushed Military Dispatch Rider

crushed military dispatch rider

crushed military dispatch rider



The Minister of Defence, Benjamin Kumbour, has visited the widow of the late Petty Officer (PO) II, Simon Akumpele, of the Ghana Navy, who died Sunday after being accidentally crushed by a military motorbike.

The late PO II Akumpele, 37, based at Michel Camp, was a dispatch rider and during an advance display to pull out the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) at the Burma Camp last Sunday, he was accidentally crushed into by another military dispatch rider who was also on display from the opposite direction.

Accompanied by Rear Admiral Faidoo, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Lieutenant Colonel Albert Ogadza, Commanding Officer (CO) of the First Battalion of Infantry (1BN), Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, Greater Accra Regional (GAR) Minister, among other high military rating officers, the Defence Minister sympathized with the widow, Mrs. Cynthia Akumpele and the entire bereaved family.

He described the painful demise of PO II Akumpele as a big blow to the family especially because the deceased was the bread winner of an expectant wife and two children, namely Randy Akumpele, 9, and Roy Akumpele, 6.

The Defence Minister encouraged the wife and the entire bereaved family to remain strong and console the pregnant wife and children. He later presented an undisclosed amount to the family. Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, on his part, described the death of PO II Simon Akumpele as unfortunate.

He entreated dispatch riders in the security services to place premium on their lives whenever they are displaying their riding skills at functions and on the highways.

He presented GHc1,000, two pieces of cloth and some assorted food items to the wife and bereaved family.

PO II Mudat Abubakr, who represented the family head of the Akumpeles, was thankful to their guests for visiting to mourn with the bereaved family. He received the donations on behalf of the bereaved wife and family. PO II Simon Akumpelay, a native of Kusanaba in Bawku in the Upper West Region, was enlisted into the Ghana Navy on January 9, 2003.

From Inusa Musah, Michel Camp.


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