Family petitions IGP over man’s death

The Head of the Awaworyie family from Tadzewu in the Volta Region, has petitioned the Volta Regional Police Commander and the Inspector-General of Police to investigate the mysterious death of their son, Christian Matanawoe, 28, at the Wilkado Hotel, at Tadzewu on May 25.

Matanawoe, an employee of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), at Kokrobite, near Accra, lodged at the hotel with his friends for two days, when he attended a funeral in the town.

A petition signed by W.H. Angustt, Counsel for the Awaworyie family, on May 28 and addressed to the Volta Regional Police Commander, and copied the IGP among others, said the deceased got missing during the day but was only found in the swimming pool by the hotel personnel at 5 p.m., at the time the swimming pool was closed to individuals or groups of persons, and no client was allowed to enter there.

It said a thorough examination of the body showed no sign of drowning.

The petition said, it was only in an atmosphere of transparency, fairness, fruitful and fair investigations by the police that the family could be consoled and be able to bury their beloved Christian Matanawoe.

Mr Seth Awaworyie, Head of the Awaworyie family, said signs of violence, with cuts on the neck and shoulders, after the body had been retrieved from the swimming pool, was an indication that, the perpetrators might have drained his blood for ritual purposes.

He said interestingly, the hotel and the police did not involve the family when the body was transferred o the Police Hospital in Accra for a post mortem examination.

A reliable police source at the Police Headquarters, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the issue, confirmed the receipt of the petition.

He said the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, had already instructed the Volta Regional Police Command to speed up investigations into the petition.

By Times Reporter

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