Mr Sherif Akudaago, 35, allegedly murdered six-year-old son at Garu in the Garu District of the Upper East Region, in the early hours of Saturday.
The unemployed man reportedly cut the throat of the son, Hanan Akudaago, a primary one pupil of the Covenant Academy Primary School at Garu.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Daniel Yaro, Garu District Police Commander, confirmed the incident in an interview with Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Garu, on Saturday.
“This is barbaric and inhumane, so Akudaago is currently in police custody assisting with investigations”, he said.
Mr Charles Azure, a resident of Garu, who spoke to the GNA, said the incident came to the family members and residents like ‘the breaking news of a disaster’ because Mr Akudaago loved his son dearly, and no one could fathom why he would do a thing like that.
“Mr Akudaago was always seen with his son and caring for him. Even on Friday night, he was seen with the boy buying food for him”, he said.
The mother of the boy and other family members who were in shock over the tragedy, declined to speak with the GNA reporter.
Meanwhile, some residents appealed to the police not to hasten to attribute the cause to insanity and thus release the suspect, but thoroughly investigate the matter to rule out any spiritual connections.
They said undermining the rule of law in the investigation would endanger the lives of other citizens. – GNA