Veteran politician, Bernard Allotey Jacobs, has shared a distressing personal encounter, shedding light on how he narrowly avoided a robbery attempt while traveling along the Nkwanta Kadjebi Jasikan road in the Volta Region.
Addressing the media, he recounted an incident where he embarked on a trip to visit a late friend who held the position of chief in Nanumba.
This visit, he believes, could have cost him his life if not for what he described as a divine intervention.
On that particular day, he was en route to Tamale and favored the Nkwanta Kadjebi Jasikan road as his preferred route to Accra.
“When the late Nanumba chief, Adani died he was a close friend and he was our regional treasurer in the Northern region. You know the easiest way to get to Accra is through Nkwanta Kadjebi, Jasikan so normally I use that stretch. I decided to pay him a visit, when I went to Tamale I was told he was in his hometown,” he added.
However, upon reaching Tamale, he was informed that his friend had returned to his hometown. As a result, he decided to make a pit stop at the Nkwanta Kadjebi Jasikan market to purchase some affordable foodstuffs, given that it was market day.
During his shopping, an unexpected encounter occurred. Out of nowhere, a concerned individual advised him to leave the area immediately. Allotey Jacobs became apprehensive, largely due to the person’s unsettling appearance.
He promptly departed and continued his journey, reaching Damango at around 5 pm. Desiring to rest at what appeared to be a suitable hotel for a stopover, he was once again cautioned by a different individual to vacate the vicinity.
“It was a market day at Nkwanta Kejebi so I decided to buy some foodstuff. While I was doing that someone asked me to leave fast. I drove on a top street. The guy who cautioned me was a tough guy. I drove speedily through to Damango. I got there around 5 pm,” he added.
Feeling increasingly alarmed, he drove until he arrived in the Kpassa area. It was only then that a group of locals, who had initially surrounded the road, permitted him to pass when they realized he was not from the southern region.
He explained that there was a historical rivalry between Dagombas and southerners.
Relieved, he proceeded on his journey and finally checked into a hotel in Kadjebi, still shaken by the unsettling events of the day.
“I got close to a hotel that looked like a rest stop. Someone shouted and I drove again. The person’s voice sounded lke a trumpet. I drove off again, I got to Kpessa area, the Kpessa people are Dagombas. They stopped me and asked if I was heading to Accra. And I said yes. They thought I was a southerner and then blew a whistle and gave me access to go. I went to sleep in one hotel in Kejebi and shivering,”he stated.