Crime & Punishment Thu, 5 Jul 2007

Police arrest four suspects for alleged murder

Sunyani, July 5, GNA - The police in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region four persons suspected to have murdered a 32 year-old farmer, Awudu Yahaya.

Superintendent of Police Kwadwo Peprah Addai, Techiman Municipal Police Commander, gave the names of the suspects as Alhaji Issifu Alhassan, 42, Osei Kwaku, 22, Issifu Amina 32, wife of Alhassan and Iddrisu Tona, 32, alias Landlord, at a press briefing in Sunyani. He said on June 30, one Abudu Mumuni reported to the police that the deceased, who was his nephew, was missing and suspected Alhassan of having knowledge about his whereabouts. He said Alhassan had earlier accused the deceased of having stolen his mobile phone and an unspecified amount of money. Investigations by the police revealed that the suspects had tortured and beaten the deceased to death. Mr Addai said Alhassan took the body to Bredi in the Nkoranza District, about 36 kilometres away from Techiman, and secretly buried it.

The police, he said, upon a tip-off went to Bredi, exhumed the body and sent it to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for autopsy. The police have also arrested three persons for possessing 26 bags of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp at Pokukrom in Tano South district.

They are Atta Kofi, driver, Karim Issaka 19, driver's mate and Seidu Alhassan, 55.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Samuel Obeng Kyere told journalists that police at Bechem had information that some people were conveying the dried leaves from Nsawkaw in Tain District to Kumasi through an unapproved route. He said the police acted quickly and arrested the culprits.

Source: GNA