Military Consoles Dispatch Rider Family

A Delegation from the Ministry of Defence yesterday visited and commiserated with the family of Simon Akumpele, the 37-year-old dispatch rider who crashed to death during last week’s pull out ceremony at Burma Camp in Accra.

The delegation, led by Lieutenant Albert Ogadza, Commanding Officer of the First Battalion of Infantry(1BN), Michel Camp, included Dr Benjamin Kumbuor, Minister for Defence, Kenneth Gabriel Adjei, Deputy Defence Minister, Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, Greater Accra Regional Minister, and Commodore Peter Kofi Faidoo, Chief of Naval Staff, among others.

Simon Akumpele left behind a wife, Cynthia Akumpele, and two children aged nine and six.

Addressing the family at Michel Camp barracks in Tema, Dr Kumbuor described the incident as a ‘very painful one’, adding that the military command and government wished it had not happened.

Greater Accra Regional Minister appealed to the bereaved family and friends to exercise patience during this period of grief.

He promised that government would support the wife and family to ease their pain.

Medad Abubakar, spokesperson for the family, thanked the delegation for their support and promised to communicate the details of the funeral arrangements to them at the appropriate time.

The Navy Rating died on Friday after he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding and collided with another rider, who reportedly suffered severe injuries and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra for treatment.

The incident happened during a ceremony to mark the handing over and assumption of office of a new Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Air Vice Marshal Samson-Oje, at Burma Camp in Accra.