Monday, 25 March 2013

Ghana: Prime Suspect In Abuakwa Murder Case Arrested

By Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

A 23-year-old man believed to be the main suspect in the murder of a 13-year-old Kwasi Opoku Yeboah, at Abuakwa in Kumasi on March 11, has been arrested by the police.

Abraham Akwasi Agyei, the suspect is said to be a nephew of the deceased pastor, Johnson Opoku, who was head of the King Jesus Anointing Ministry at Asuoyeboah.

The arrest of Agyei brings to five, the number of suspects arrested in connection with the murder.

Those arrested earlier and are in prison custody are Kwadwo Kru, Daniel Appiah, pastor of the church, James Akwasi Appau, also pastor of the church, and Kofi Agyei, a nephew of the deceased pastor.

They have been placed in prison custody until March 28 to appear again before a Magistrate’s Court with a provisional charge of murder.

Assistant Police Superintendent (ASP) Mohammed Yusif Tanko, head of the Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Unit, who confirmed the arrest to the Ghanaian Times here, said the suspect was found with a machete believed to be the implement used in the murder.

He said Agyei, who was arrested by residents at IPT, near the University of Education, Kumasi campus on Friday dawn and handed over to the police, had several confrontations with the widow, Felicity Opoku.

ASP Tanko said earlier that Kofi Agyei had purchased padlocks to lock out the widow and her children from the room of the late head pastor.

The Ghanaian Times gathered that after the death of Rev Johnson Opoku, some of his nephews and other family members realised that Rev. Opoku bequeathed all his property to his son Yeboah.

That sparked controversy between the deceased family and the widow which allegedly saw several attacks on the widow by Akwasi Agyei and Kofi Agyei.

In one of the attacks, Akwasi Agyei allegedly twisted the hand of the widow.

It is recalled that on March 11, an unidentified man walked through the night into the room of Madam Felicity, chopped off the head of the 13 year old boy, hacked the hand of his elder sister, Rita Opoku of the Anglican Senior Secondary School in Kumasi.

When the widow attempted to rescue her children she received serious matchete wounds on her body.

Shouts for help compelled the attacker to escape.

Meanwhile, the body of the boy has been deposited at the same mortuary at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where the father’s body is.

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