Security personnel in Wa under threat

The life of private security personnel in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region has come under threat.

Three of them were allegedly murdered and two others suspected to have been kidnapped by unknown assailants, in the last four months.

The incidents have caused residents to live in fear as the fifth victim, 60-year-old Kwame Badigbee, is suspected to have gone missing, when he failed to return to his home at Charia, from his place of work, a private school, in the Municipality, on Monday.

Narrating the incidents to journalists, Wahidu Badigbee, first son of Kwame Badigbee, said the father of five did not return home when he closed from work.

He said “My father normally comes home from school at 7 am and proceeds to the farm, but we did not see him yesterday, and when we could not wait any longer we reported to the police because we all know what has been happening to security men in Wa, recently.”

WahiduBadigbeeindicated that the family together with police personnel went to the school early Tuesday morning to search for his father to no avail.

The son said they saw blood stains with broken cement block at the school compound, and called for the closure of the school for investigation to take place.

The headmaster of the school, Francis BabonAyeng, said attention was only drawn to the case when the police and the family went to the school compound.

He said the security man was employed five months ago and usually left before school started operating so his absence that morning did not raise any suspicion.

When the Ghanaian Times was leaving the scene at 10:34 am, the police together with the family of the victim and staff of the school had started a search for Kwame Badigbee, in nearby bush.

Meanwhile, the Regional Police Command is still searching for the fourth victim, a security man, who went missing about three weeks ago from his place of work, a filling station, around his residence at Nakori, a suburb of Wa.

Bodies of the first three victims, were discovered with certain parts missing and buried shallowly in uncompleted buildings around their respective place of work.

The incident, has raised grave concern among residents with no arrests by the police.

The Waala Traditional Council issue a statement on August 8, 2022, to condemn the trend of murders.

It appealed to residents to help unravel the killings by volunteering information to the police about suspicious persons around them.

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