The Nurse, who was driving from Bolgatanga to Zebilla, unknowingly drove into an ongoing robbery incident at the Tilli forest where armed men, suspected to be Fulanis, blocked the road with their cattle and robbed the victims.
Paul Asio, a close friend of the late nurse, who was in the car with him and said the late Pumi on reaching the robbery scene, tried to by-pass an articulator truck parked on the road unknown to them the occupants of the truck, a driver and three mates were being robbed.
“When we were approaching the truck, I told Prince that it was a broken down vehicle so he should be careful. Immediately we by-passed it, the Fulani people shot directly into the head of Prince. He lost control, and the car stopped. I lowered down myself so the bullet grazed my forehead,” he narrated.
He said the robbers were about five in number, with two holding guns, “They came to the car, pulled Prince out, in a pool of blood, they pulled me out, searched our bags took our monies and phones.
“When they saw the way Prince was bleeding one of the robbers spoke the Kusaal language saying that they should give my phone back to me to call for Prince to be taken to hospital else he will die. I called a friend to go to the Police station and report, so within 30 minutes the Police came and picked six of us to the Zebilla Hospital.”
He said the late nurse worked at the Paediatric Unit of the Zebilla Hospital, adding that he was actually for morning shift on the day of the attack.
The sad incident was confirmed by the upper East Regional Public Relations of the Ghana Police Service, ASP David Fianko-Okyere.
The deceased Ishmael Pumi Bashiru who was also a musician met his untimely death at the Tilli stretch of the Bolgatanga-Bawku road where he was attacked and killed by the unknown assailants.
Bashiru, 31years, was shot in the face and was taken to the Bawku West Hospital but was later transfered to the Tamale Teaching Hospital due to severe wounds he sustained.
He was pronounced dead later on.
Reports indicate that Prince Pumi, as he was popularly known was in his car driving to Bolgatanga for the Eid-ul-Adha- festivities when he was killed by the armed robbers.