In response to a dawn attack on one of their buses at Walewale in the North East Region, drivers at the Kumasi-Bawku bus terminal have suspended their services in protest.
The drivers express concern that this incident is part of a series of threats to their livelihood and has left them fearful of transporting passengers to Bawku and other parts of the North.
The Ghana Police Service has launched a manhunt for the culprits responsible for shooting into the bus and setting it on fire, resulting in one fatality and multiple injuries.
The attack has caused panic among drivers at the Suame bus terminal, who feel targeted and hindered from traveling to Bawku and other Northern regions.
Anasara George Akolgo, one of the Chairmen at the bus terminal, lamented that the incident has deeply affected the drivers. He called for government intervention and urged the Inspector-General of Police to resolve the situation amicably.
The drivers believe the current situation is intimidating, with many drivers feeling anxious about continuing their services to Bawku.
“All of us were very shocked by what happened in Walewale because we had loaded the bus yesterday evening bound for Bawku, and it was attacked in Walewale and the people even followed the bus to the police station and burnt it, and we don’t understand why anytime there is a problem in Bawku, then the Walewale people begin to misbehave with us.”
“We have suspended services to Bawku, and we want the government and the IGP to step in and solve it amicably because what is happening is intimidation to us because most of the drivers are panicking.”
Anasara also alleged that some individuals are now tracking travelers bound for Bawku and subjecting them to attacks during their journeys.