Two workers of the Believers’ Broadcasting Network (BBN): Mohamed Kamara, (technician) and Patrick J Thomas (office assistant), and one OSD security personnel attached to the station were shot at in the early hours of Saturday.
Narrating his ordeal to Awoko, one of the staff who was at the studio together with the three victims but managed to escape the spraying bullets of the attackers, Kenny Smith said “it was around 25 minutes to 5am on Saturday morning that we heard some sounds on the roof of the studio”.
“Some minutes later the security personnel Alex came into the studio and told us that the sound was persistent on the roof, we became afraid”
Smith continued, “at 5 am we were preparing to air our regular Gospel message and we were still unsettled about the sounds coming from the roof, when Alex rushed in again and told us that the sound on the roof seemed like thunder and that it wanted to rain.”
Mohamed Kamara then decided to open the door to cross check the information and, during that process five armed men entered the studio brandishing pistols and guns.
Alex came into the studio and seeing all the guns surrendered to the armed men.
“I dashed under one of the tables as soon as I saw the armed men entered,” said smith
They asked them for money at gun point but they all replied that there was no money in the studio.
Alex, the OSD security, was then shot at and his gun taken. The men then started disconnecting the computers and switchboards in the studio but they could not make away with any of the equipment because they were bulky.
The men then took a bag that belonged to Mohamed which contained some money and also took mobile phones including the office’s.
On their way out of the studio they shot Mohamed and Patrick in the leg and stomach.
Smith said after the armed men had left, he made a call to and the OSD attached to Mammy Yoko responded. They came in about 30 minutes and took two of the victims to the Emergency hospital at Goderich because of their critical conditions. The other victim, Patrick, was taken to the Connaught hospital where he was treated.
The police are investigating the incident.