Jackson, Thomas, Enoch, and Henry threw their hands together on Sunday morning as they shared a pot bowl of fufu with a light soup. The four friends, separated by employment opportunities, made it together as a group when they all visited their home town on Friday 1 October to attend a funeral.
The funeral which ended with Sunday Thanksgiving church service, saw the four friends abandoning the church since none of them had the requisite white ceremonial funeral clothed for the service.
Their abandonment of the church service did not mean idle hands, as the friends sat together in Enoch’s mother’s kitchen and prepared fufu, just as they use to do when they attended Obo Presby Primary and JHS back in the day. All sorts of jokes were created as they laughed and cooked, and ate on Sunday morning (3 October 2021).
At five-thirty in the evening of the same day, Enoch got calls from his younger brother, a student who lives and works in Accra, that he has arrived safely in Accra. Enoch instructed his brother to book them a bus to Kumasi as the younger brother went to the OA transport, Circle branch and booked four seats on an Accra to Kumasi bus for his brother and three friends.
The bus attendant of the on scale loading bus with registration number GT-5597-19 took the phone numbers of Enoch and his friends, and instructed them where to meet the bus. We are in Obo and we are going to Kumasi. We will pick the bus at Bunso Junction, Enoch said over the phone to the bus attendant. We can’t stop at the junction, come to palace Gas station or Linda Dor’, the bus attendant replied Enoch. Then Palace is the nearest one, we will stand there and wait for you. Kindly call, as to when the bus moves from Accra so we can prepare, Enoch said and agreed on the venue with the bus attendant as the call ended between the two men.
If the four friends knew they were walking to their death, they would have stopped travelling from Obo to Kumasi on Sunday and rescheduled the trip to Monday morning, Enoch’s mother said in tears. Enoch with his three friends, boarded the OA bus from Accra to Kumasi at Palace filling station near Bunso Junction, and together with the rest of the passengers, they headed to Kumasi. They couldn’t arrive in Kumasi safely, as a trailer loaded with pepper crossed them murdering the four friends and other nine passengers on board of the bus at Ohene Nkwanta on Sunday evening around 10.
Tears filled the eyes of Enoch’s younger brother, Kelvin, when he heard from the news that, the bus he booked for his brother and his friends had crashed into a trailer killing thirteen people. They tried calling all the four friends but was lucky after a nurse at Konongo Odumasi Government hospital briefed them that, the owner of the phone was among the confirmed casualties of the accident.
The families of the four friends have been able to confirm their bodies and are still going through paper works to have the bodies transferred from Konongo to Obo where they all come from. We haven’t decided yet, but it will be the calling of the four families whether to have one burial for the four friends or not. They were four best friends and virtually did everything together, and that was why they came to the funeral together. They ate together on Sunday and died together on the same day, maybe the families will look on that and decide on a single burial, Enoch’s younger brother, Kelvin Asare said as he briefed the families plans for burial.