A man has told a story of how robbers pose as mechanics on the Accra – Tema Motorway to plunder unsuspecting victims.
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According to the man who wants to remain anonymous, the suspected robbers lure drivers whose vehicles breakdown on the motorway to their makeshift garage to conduct their criminal activities.
Narrating his ordeal to Ghanaweb.com, the man said his car broke down on the motorway last Saturday and his desperation to get the vehicle fixed led him to the said mechanic who turned out to be an armed robber.
“My car stopped on the motorway and would not start after many tries due to overheating. While I was seeking help from other drivers who cared to stop over and help a man pulled over and introduced himself as an auto mechanic whose garage was situated behind Action Chapel along the Tema Motorway,” he said.
The victim said the said mechanic called some colleagues of his who came to tow the car to the garage close to the Action Chapel.
Once at the garage, the chief mechanic impressed on him to leave the car and pick it up the next day by which he would be done fixing the car.
According to the victim, he took the mechanic’s number in order to follow up on the progress of the car.
“When I got home, I decided to call my personal mechanic to inform him about the situation, but he cut me short claiming that I had just encountered notorious rogues who have pitch camp along the motorway to plunder unsuspecting drivers whose car break down along that stretch,” the outraged victim recounted.
He said, he put a call through to the fake mechanic who told him instantly to pay GHC 1,500 before he gets his car back on the road.
He asked the mechanic to stop work on the car because he would come and tow it the following day.
“The next morning, I set off with my auto mechanic to go retrieve my car. When I called the guy, he said he was fixing my car even though I had asked him to stop working on it. To make matters worse, when we got to the garage, my car was no where to be found. I called and this time he told me he was cleaning up the car at a washing bay. I managed to get him to return with the car. Now, he was demanding over Ghc400.00 for no work done. I threatened to invite the police to settle the matter. Immediately, I started dialing the number to engage the police on phone he bolted with his cohorts,” he said.
The victim said he and his mechanic managed to move the car to the Ashaiman overpass area then the car stopped again before they realized some essential parts of the his car had been removed. The robbers had also drained his fuel to near empty tank.
He is thus calling on the Ghana police to investigate the matter to prevent any citizen from going through his ordeal.
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