Angry youth in the Upper East Region are demanding the arrest of the Deputy Regional Minister Daniel Syme who is involved in a hit-and-run case.

Syme's car was alleged to have knocked down two persons riding on a motorbike around 8pm Thursday, but bolted shortly after the incident. Residents mounted a hot chase before finally arresting him.

The youth claim the Police are dragging their feet to bring the deputy Regional Minister to book.

Abuley Kyeka, brother of the deceased, also says although the law is clear about sanctions for a driver who bolts from a scene after hitting a person, law enforcement officials seem to be favouring the Deputy Minister, Daniel Syme who doubles as acting Regional Minister.


The two victims were subsequently conveyed to the Bolgatanga Government Hospital with one admitted at the intensive care.  

However, around 2:30pm Friday, 37-year-old Robert Abuley, passed away moments after the deputy Minister paid him a visit at the hospital.

Reports indicated he died from injuries sustained after he was knocked down by the Minister’s vehicle.

The other victim of the accident is said to be responding to treatment at the Bolgatanga Government Hospital.

“Since yesterday what they [police] are supposed to do, they have not done it”, insists Kyeka Abuley, brother of the deceased.

Albert Sorie, Joy News' Upper East Regional Correspondent says youth of the area, numbering about 50 massed up the offices of the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive, demanding that the regional minister be arrested immediately.

Bismark Adongo, one of the youth leaders said on Newsnight, Friday, a meeting with the Chief Executive and Police Chiefs did not end well.

"We wanted the deputy regional minister be put behind bars because nobody is beyond the law", said Adongo.

Police say they cannot locate the whereabouts of Daniel Syme, but the youth say they are ready to assist in finding the minister for justice to prevail.