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Crime & Punishment Fri, 22 Sep 2006

Two suspected dealers in human bones arrested at Elubo

Sekondi, Sept. 22, GNA - Two suspects dealing in human bones were arrested by the police at Elubo on the Ghana-Cote d'Ivoire border on September nine this year.

Kwesi Tawiah, farmer, 44, and Yaw Willie, 35, are in police custody at Sekondi, pending investigations into how they came by the human bones they tried to sell to an Elubo-based businessman who posed as a prospective buyer.

The relics comprising the skull, lower jaw, legs, arms and thigh bones were priced at four million cedis. Mr Kofi Duku Arthur, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Western Region, told a press conference at Sekondi on Tuesday that Tawiah confided in Atule Kwesi that he had human bones to sell. Unknown to the suspect, Atule Kwesi informed the Police and a prospective buyer was arranged.

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He was given 10,000 cedis as taxi fare to go to Cocoa Town, a suburb with Atule Kwesi to bring the bones, which they brought later in a sack and agreed to take 3.5 million cedis after a hard bargain. Police arrived on the scene and arrested Tawiah while he was receiving payment for the sale.

Mr Arthur said during interrogation, the suspect said he found the bones on his farm about three months ago and suspected that it was the remains of someone who committed suicide. He brought them home and showed them to his bosom friend Yaw Willie a fetish priest, who told him that he could sell the bones to make a lot of money. Investigations are going on to identify the deceased, Mr Arthur said. 22 Sept. 06

Source: GNA
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