Landlords have expressed worry about recent killings, mysterious disappearances and kidnaps of persons in the Wa Municipality, of the Upper West Region.
They therefore, called for collaboration between the traditional leaders, religious leaders, stakeholders as well as the security agencies to work together and tackle the problem.
Mr Hussein Kayum, the secretary of the landlords, known locally as the “Tendamba”, at a news conference at Wa, on Thursday, said some unconcerned citizens were alleged to have labeled the man, who was arrested in connection with the crime by the police, as lunatic without presenting any shred of proof.
“We vehemently reject the assertion that the suspect is mentally ill since the conduct may interfere in the investigation of the case which is why we are urging the stakeholders to work collectively to ensure that justice prevails,” Mr Kayum said.
He urged residents to allow the police to carry out their mandate without interference, in the wake of speculations that the first person arrested in connection with the case is a beggar, and not a real suspect.
Mr Kayum alleged that grilled human (body) parts were seen at the place where the suspect was arrested together with unspecified sum of money in GH¢100 and GH¢200 notes.
He said the alleged suspect was again found with weapons, including arrows, three pickaxes, two shovel, two knives, human eye and tongue, which were seized by the police.
Mr Kayum noted that the once peaceful region has become a dangerous place as a result of unscrupulous individuals abducting and killing innocent people.
He has, therefore, urged the police to investigate the murder and kidnapping cases thoroughly in order to bring the perpetrators to book and restore peace and security in the municipality.
“Anyone who saw the suspect at his hiding place would never compare him to someone who is mentally ill. The allegation that the suspect is mentally ill is unfounded and would never be accepted”, Mr Kayum said
He gave the assurance that the landlords would continue to use every power at their disposal to restore peace and security in the area.
The suspect, Kankani Adongo, was arrested on September 19, 2022, at Bamahu, a suburb of Wa, following collaboration between the police and community search parties.
FROM RAFIA ABDUL RAZAK WA