Police To Conduct DNA On Found Body… As search for castro , janet continues

castroThe police is to conduct a DNA test on a body washed ashore at the Sakumono beach, to ascertain whether it is that of the Hip life musician, Theophilus Tagoe, alias Castro.

The body, about 1.7 meters was recovered on Saturday afternoon when some fishermen saw it and reported to the Sakumono Police.
Castro and his girlfriend, Janet Teini Bandu, drown in the Volta Lake at the Ada estuary while riding a jet ski last week Sunday.  Despite an intensive search, their bodies have still not been found.

The Head of the Police Crime Scene, Chief Superintendent Cosmos Anyan, who confirmed this to the Ghanaian Times in a telephone interview, said the body had since been deposited at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital mortuary for autopsy.
He said “an examination of the body suggests that the person was slightly dark in complexion with short hairs.

He said following the disappearance of Castro and Janet Bandu at a resort at Ada, the police gave out emergency numbers to fisher folks along the coastal belt, from Aflao to Takoradi, to report any body they found either on the sea or washed ashore.
He said since then, the bodies of two male recovered. The first body, that of an elderly man, was recovered at Anyanui in the Keta municipality.

In a related development, Salifu Abdul-Rahaman, reports that the family of Janet, also known as “Mame Jane,” have appealed to Ghanaians to join them in prayer over the loss of their daughter, rather than labeling her as a mermaid.

“We are traumatized; the insults are too much in the media; Janet is not a ‘mame water,’ she is a human being like any other person, she is not what Ghanaians say she is, it is an accident, it can happen to anyone,” Mrs Lariba Bandu, made the appeal in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, yesterday.

Mrs Bandu expressed worried at how the media had been making negative comments about Janet and expressing the possibility of only “Castro” being alive.

She said the family was not aware of any relationship between Castro and their daughter, a student of the Fashion and Design School at the Cantonments, in Accra.

Asked whether they think that Janet, the last born of the family, is still alive, Gifty Bandu, a sister of Janet, replied, “We hope so, only God knows best,” adding, “We will not perform the funeral, we are still waiting”.

The family of Janet who are Catholic by faith, hails from Shia, a suburb of Tongo in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region, and currently lives at Kasoa, near Accra.

Her father, Staff Sergeant Joseph Bandu (retd), formerly of the Recce Regiment, was said to have travelled to the home town at the time of the interview.

Looking sad over the incident, the family told The Ghanaian Times, “it has not been easy for us,” adding “We leave everything to God”.
Mrs Bandu said she last spoke with her daughter on phone a day before the incident, and she promised to call back, but failed to do so, adding that further attempts to contact her proved futile as the line did not go through.

When news started filtering through the media that Castro and her daughter had drowned on the Volta River at Ada.

She said she was not aware that her daughter went on holiday with friends at the place, adding that they only got to know on Sunday.

Ms Gifty Bandu said following the incident, she and her brother went to Ada last Monday and lodged a complaint with the police, after which they went to the Peace Holiday Resort, where Asamoah Gyan came to greet, them, they also went to  the Aqua Safari Resort, where the two were said to have rented the jet ski for the expedition.

Gifty said it was confirmed to them that Janet was part of the group that came there and that she and Castro had “gone missing in the waters,” and a search party was looking for them.

Subsequently, she said returned to Ada on Wednesday, but there was no any information on the whereabouts of their sister,

Janet and Castro, believed to be friends along with others in the company of the Black Star captain Asamoah Gyan, were said to have gone to the area for a holiday, during which Castro and Janet went on an expedition on the Volta Lake.

The two have since not been found after days of search by the Police Marine Unit and the Ghana Navy.

The drowning of the two, has engendered intense discussion in the media with some spiritualists propounding “theories” claiming that Castro is alive and that he has only varnished and would come back.

A female voice recording being circulated on whatsapp, a social media application, also claimed that Castro would return alive, without mention of the female partner.

Meanwhile the family of Castro has stopped the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGHA) from holding a planned vigil at Ada, reports Edem Mensah-Tsotorme.

MUSIGHA, as part of showing solidarity, decided to hold a vigil at Ada, where Castro is feared, drowned, on the seventh day in an attempt to sympathise with his family.

As part of the vigil the musicians were expected to lay flowers, after a candle light procession, as well as pray at the bank of the river where he was feared to have drowned.

But Castro’s father Mr John Eshun, restrained MUSIGHA from holding the vigil, saying he still believes his son is alive and “doing this will make his soul sad and also make me believes his son is dead.

The Greater Accra Regional chairman of MUSIGHA, Tic Tac told The Ghanaian Times that the event had to be cancelled on the orders of the gather of Castro.

A member of MUSIGA and Hiplife artiste, Okyeame Kwame, explained to Ghanaian Times that “the candlelight will stand for hope in the darkness and the flowers will also signify love. We don’t know whether he’s still alive or whether he’s gone. This is a gesture of love, hope and fear all mixed together”. By Francis Asamoah Tuffour 

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