Mankessim murder suspects are ritual killers – Police

The Police say the two suspects being held in connection with the Mankessim murder case have earlier killed another person bringing to two the number of people confirmed to have been gruesomely murdered by the suspects.

According to the Police, Michael Darko also called Nana 1 and Christopher Ekow Clarke have murdered their second victim, Gloria Yeboah, a petty trader from Obokrom in Kumasi who went missing sometime in June this year when she left home in her quest to travel abroad.

The suspects, the Police said,  lured their victim to Accra on June 17, 2022  and took her to Mankessim under the pretext of preparing her to travel to Holland, but was however killed by them.

Chief Superintendent of Police, Gloria Ansah Akrofi, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service said in a statement posted on its social media handle that the body of the deceased was found and police able to trace her family.

Currently, the family is being provided with the necessary information in these difficult times, Chief Superintendent Ansah Akrofi added.

The Police is also following a lead on a possible third victim who might have been killed by the suspects.

“Investigations so far revealed that the suspects are involved in ritual murders where they sometimes lured their victims under the pretext of helping them to travel abroad but end up killing them.

“We therefore urge any member of the public who has dealt with the suspects or knows someone who has dealt with them to contact the police to assist in investigations.”

The two suspects were on Thursday remanded by the Cape Coast District Court over the murder of Georgina Asor Botchwey, a 25 year-old nurse trainee, at Mankessim in the Central Region.

Christopher Ekow Clarke Quansah, 65, Tufohen of Mankessim Traditional Area, and Michael Darko, 48, a self-styled pastor, were charged with conspiracy to commit crime, to wit murder and murder.

Darko allegedly admitted to the crime and said they wanted to use the deceased for money rituals.

The pleas of accused were not taken when they appeared before the court presided over by Mrs Bernice Mensimah Ackon, and are to reappear on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Daniel Gadzo said the complainant, Mr Duodu, a military officer stationed at Takoradi, was a brother of the deceased.

He said Darko, who resided in Kumasi, was the boyfriend of the deceased’s sister, while Quansah was a resident of Sikafoambantem at Mankessim.

On Thursday, September 8, Georgina, who had come from Yeji in the Bono East Region for an interview at the Ankaful Psychiatric Nursing Training School, in Cape Coast, as a student applicant, called Darko to inform him of her presence in the town.

He said Darko promised to ‘pick’ her up after the interview on Friday, September 9, 2022 and the two accused went to pick Georgina from Ankaful in a taxi cab to Pedu in Cape Coast,.

Quansah and Darko took Georgina’s iPhone, killed her and buried the body in an uncompleted story building at Sikafoambantem, a suburb of Mankessim.


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