The foul stench emanating from a house at Ayigbe Town, an area within Dome Kwabenya in the Ga East district of the Greater Accra Region, and the apparent absence of an 86-year-old woman, Abraa Mansa, is raising eyebrows.
The police have moved in to cordon the house as a crime scene, and have mounted a search for a son of the woman, identified as Benjamin Kofi Yeboah, who is reported to have packed bag and baggage and told neighbours he was leaving the area.
Yeboah is reported to be a regular beater of his mother, who until recently was a popular banku seller, with whom he frequently quarrels. So frequent were their quarrels that neighbours no longer paid attention when it happened.
Pockets of residents were seen Thursday afternoon discussing what fate may have befallen Auntie Mansa, whose absence they say is suspicious because even if she meant to travel, she would have notified at least somebody.
The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mrs. Effia Tenge said a man who identified himself as Stephen Dollah reported to the Taifa Police on May 27, 2021, that his mother has gone missing.
He told the police that his younger brother, Benjamin Kofi Yeboah, who was staying with the mother in the house claimed their mother had told him she was going to Aflao in the Volta Region, but checks proved she had not been there.
At about 5pm on June 2, 2021, Stephen returned to the Taifa Police station and reported that while he was doing some renovations in his mother’s house and had to collect a heap of sand close to a portion of the fence wall to pave way for the work to continue, he came across something suspicious.
He said while collecting the sand, he perceived some bad odour emanating from the sand and he suspected his younger brother might have murdered their mother and buried the body there.
Police proceeded to the scene located in house number 246, off Dome – Dome Market road and found a heap of sand believed to have been collected from the back of the house and used to cover what they suspect to be the deceased’s body, because of the strong foul scent.
The police also found that Benjamin had not been seen by his neighbours since Sunday, May 30, 2021.
The Crime Scene Management Team and the Municipal Environmental Health officials were invited to the scene.
The police have since filed a motion at the Adenta District Magistrate Court to obtain a permit to exhume the body on Friday, June 4, 2021.