Murder at sea, 4 nabbed at Half-Assini

Tragedy  hit the western coast  of Ghana, on Thursday, when  a 28-year-old fisherman, Robert  Kwansa was allegedly  killed  by a  fishing  crew  during an  expedition on the high seas.

According to the crime officer at the Half Assini Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Charles Mensah, investigators have begun interrogating the four fishermen (names withheld), for their alleged involvement in the matter.

He, however, could not give further details.

The suspects, according to the Axim Police Commander, Superintendent Edward Annung Konyel, were arrested at the Axim beach on Tuesday night and transferred to the Half Assini District, for further interrogation and therefore, could not  comment further.

One suspect, however, managed to escape, sources claimed.

According  to The Ghanaian Times , six fishermen including Nyame went on fishing last Thursday  when Kwansa, also  known as Nyame, was  allegedly brutalised on the high seas  and dumped  into  the  ocean.

The report further said that the decomposed body was washed ashore at Bonyere, in the Jomoro District of the Western Region on Friday, and after autopsy a medical team suggested that it should be buried at the site on Saturday.

“The doctors detected that there were bruises all over the body indicating that there was some violence,” the source stated.

Subsequently, an alarm was raised leading to the arrest  of the  four  at Axim on Tuesday night, he  said,  adding that the fishermen  had been  on the high seas for about a week.

Giving more insights to the story, an uncle of the deceased, Mr. Martin Quansah of Axim, told the Ghanaian Times that Kwansa, stayed with him and  went on fishing expedition  on Thursday, February 2,  very fit and well, with five others on board  the  canoe christened ‘USA’ and ‘Money  Lover’.

He recalled that at about 11pm on Saturday February 4, he received a message that a body had washed ashore at Bonyere.

He said, he together with some chief fishermen from Axim left for Bonyere beach and saw the decomposed body of Kwansa, adding that he certified his identity and burial.

‘It was a sad spectacle when I saw my nephew Robert Kwansa Nyame lying supine at the beach decomposing,” Mr. Quansah added.

From Clement Adzei Boye, Takoradi

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