Another suspect grabbed over Buno boy’s murder

ONE more suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of the 10 year old boy, Kobby Gbagbesey at Buno, in the Sissala East District of the Upper West Region for suspected rituals.

Twenty-three-year-old Abdulahi Alhassan believed to be the brain behind the act, was arrested at his hideout at Piina, a village on the Tumu-Bolgatanga road.

His arrest brought to six, those arrested in connection with the murder of the boy.

Confirming the arrest to The Ghanaian Times on telephone yesterday, the Sissala East District Commander of the Ghana Police, Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Benjamin Samani, disclosed, Abdulahi was arrested at about 4 p.m. on Monday, January 12.

He said following the arrest of the first five suspects, the police intensified their efforts to arrest Abdulahi who was said to have snatched the machete from Kobby.

“Upon his arrest he admitted killing the boy but said it was in self-defence”.

Abdulahi, according to ASP Samani, told the police that it was rather Kobby who attempted to attack him with the machete, but he managed to collect it and used it to defend himself.

It would be recalled that on Monday, January 5, the police had a report that Abugu Gbagbesey went to the farm with his two sons Kobby Gbagbesey, 10, and Benjamin Gbagbesey, 8, while working on the farm, Abdulahi suspected to be mentally deranged emerged from the bush and snatched the machete being used by Kobby from him.

Kobby who did not understand why he collected it, so decided to pursue him and collect his machete back, while his younger brother looked on.

The police said Kobby pursued him deep into the bush and when he was not returning, the younger brother Benjamin, sensing danger ran to inform their father who combed the whole area in search of him, to no avail.

He therefore, returned home and reported the matter to the community members who orgnaised a search party, which after three days found Kobby’s mutilated body without the head, left arm and ankles.

The community members reported the incident to the Tumu Police whose investigations led to the arrest of the five, in possession of parts of a human body suspected to be Kobby.

The fire suspects have been granted bail.

From Cliff Ekuful, Wa

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