Seven arrested over alleged ritual killing of 12-year-old boy

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Seven persons suspected to have abducted and killed a 12-year-old boy, Cornelius Negble at Nornyikpor, a farming community in the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region, are in the grips of the Volta Regional Police Command.

The deceased was said to have gone missing on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at about 7am. He was subsequently declared missing after several attempts to search for him proved futile.

According to the Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Edward Oduro Kwateng, the suspects were arrested after the Assembly man of the area led a team to arrest one of the suspects after a tip-off.

The police indicated that, investigations revealed that, the suspects and two other accomplices abducted and killed Cornelius Negble for ritual purposes at a shrine at Nudowukorpe near Tadzewu.

Narrating the shocking incident to the media, DCOP Oduro Kwateng said, the remaining six suspects, including a fetish priest, have all been arrested separately in their hideouts.

According to the Regional Police Commander, Interpol Togo succeeded in arresting some other suspects in Togo and extradited them to Ghana to assist in investigation.

The police told the media that, five out of the seven suspects have admitted the roles they played in the murder of Cornelius Negble.

The seven suspects have already appeared before the Agortime-Ziope District Magistrate Court for committal proceedings, and the court presided over by Justice Samuel Essel Walker has adjourned the case to 5 July 2021.

Commander Oduro Kwateng further mentioned that, On 31 May 2021 police returned to the shrine to effect the arrest of the “abductors and also rescue victim Cornelius Negble, but the little boy had been killed, and the head served and buried in one of the rooms while the body kept in a sack which was heavily infested with maggots”.

Further investigation revealed that, suspect Senanu Ashitor aged 28 deals in human parts and promised to get the fetish priest, Kofi Koko human parts “to perform sacrifices in building a deity to be named Agbevor”.

Exhibits recovered by the police

A search by the police in the shrine helped the police to recover a motorbike with registration number M-19-VR-1348 allegedly used in conveying the body of the victim, a single slipper of Senanu Ashitor, a duster belonging to one of the suspects, Anani Koko and other items.

All the items are currently with the police for evidential purposes.

Escape and arrest of the suspects

DCOP Odoru said, upon realizing that the two suspects are on the run into the neighbouring country, the police on 18 June 2021 secured a warrant of arrest and extradition order from the court “to enable the arrest of the escapee suspects in the Republic of Togo”.

He said on 19 June 2021, “Interpol Togo succeeded in arresting Kofi Koko and his brother Anani Koko in Voga of Togo and extradited the two to Ghana to assist in investigation”.

Meanwhile, the police said another suspect, known as Moris has since been on the run hence the general public is advised to prompt the Ghana Police Service when they come across a suspicious person.

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