The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Atebubu-Amantin in the Brong Ahafo Region, escaped what could have passed for his last day on earth, as angry residents pounced on him and nearly lynched him.
Edward Owusu, who managed to be rescued last Friday and taken to safety by some armed policemen who had accompanied him to the scene, got the windshield of his official Nissan Patrol cross-country vehicle vandalized by the irate residents.
A Toyota Tundra vehicle belonging to the police, was equally not spared by the charged youth, who were baying for the blood of the cops, claiming they were providing cover to the MCE to perpetuate an illegality by putting them out of business.
The driver of the MCE and some cops, were said to have been injured by stones pelted at them by the residents who would not stop, even as warning shots were fired.
The government appointee had stormed Amantim in the company of a tax mobilization task force to collect Business Operation Permit (BOP) from shop owners.While at it, he directed his men to lock up shops of defaulters ranging between GH¢120 and GH¢400 and promising to open them for business, if only the owners paid up their indebtedness to the assembly.
Some youth of the town, who had gotten wind of the presence of the MCE and his entourage locking up shops, stormed the venue. A similar tax collection exercise, had taken place two weeks earlier at Atebubu and the people had prepared for an attack.
Wielding life-threatening objects and determined to cause harm, they disrupted the locking up of the shops and vented their spleen on the MCE and his men, who had to seek cover.
In the process, they vandalized the shield of his official vehicle with registration number GN 2270-11 and the Toyota Tundra, belonging to the police service.
Sensing danger, the police fired warning shots sporadically and managed to whisk the MCE and his injured driver away from the hostile youth, who were seen pelting stones even as they drove off.
An emergency Municipal Security Committee (MUSEC) meeting was said to have been convened in order to determine the next line of action.