President Akufo-Addo nearly broke down in tears yesterday when news got to him about the death of a member of the presidential press corps, Mohammed Ashiley.
That was moments after visiting the scene of the gas explosion that occurred Saturday evening at Atomic Junction, near Legon in Accra that claimed seven lives and left over 132 others with various degrees of injury.
The president also travelled to the Ridge Hospital to visit some of the victims of the explosion who were injured.
But even before he could settle down in his office, management of Kencity Media – operators of Net 2 Television (TV) and Oman FM – and the family of the deceased cameraman (videographer) came knocking with the sad and shocking news, which has since thrown the presidential press corps into a state of mourning.
Briefing the president at the Flagstaff House yesterday, Managing Director of Kencity Media, Stella Agyepong, narrated that the 37-year-old deceased left the office Saturday evening on his motorbike to cover the gas explosion when he heard the news.
After several hours of no sign of him, they decided to reach him on his phones.
Apparently, Mohammed left his phones and back pack in the office with the hope of returning for them after filing the story.
Unfortunately, the young man did not turn up, compelling management of the station to launch a search for him.