Over 1,000 residents of Offinso in the Ashanti Region thronged the forecourt of the Offinso Circuit Court to lynch a suspect who is alleged to have murdered a 4-year-old girl.
The Offinso Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Ben Wunchi, explained that “it took Offinso police almost two hours to disperse thousands of angry residents who besieged the Offinso Circuit Court as they demanded for the head of the suspect”.
The suspect, 20-year-old Owura Kwaku, was arraigned before the Offinso Circuit Court Wednesday on the count of kidnap and murder after he was arrested for allegedly beheading 4-year-old Benedicta Owusu Sarpong.
The decapitated body of Benedicta was found lifeless Tuesday night behind the St. Patrick Nursing and Midwifery College prompting police action.
The over 1,000 residents thronged the Offinso Circuit Court in their quest to have the suspect released for them to lynch him for his crime.
A freelance journalist, Jonathan Ofori, who has been following the story, was on Akoma FM‘s current affairs and political show GhanAkoma and told host Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin that “it took the police close to 2 hours to control the crowd”.
“I will describe yesterday’s event at the court as unusual tension which multitudes of angry residents yearning to crush and serve justice for the bereaved family.”
Police personnel had to go in for reinforcement as they say “the situation was more than a Herculean task to disperse the enraged residents who but for the timely intervention of the security agencies who whisked the suspect away, would have lynched him.”
The Offinso murder case adds up to several crime incidents within the Region, a situation that has sparked public outcry.
The suspect has been remanded into police custody and will be re-arraigned before court on June 9, 2021.
• According to Computer Man, COP Kofi Boakye has the capacity to deal with crime-related activities recorded in the country
• He made the appeal while sharing his views on recent crimes witnessed in Ghana
The Founder and Leader of Hope Generation Ministry, Prophet Eric Amponsah, has made a passionate appeal to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint COP Nathan Kofi Boakye as the next Inspector General of Police.
Speaking in an interview with Oman Channel sighted by Ghanaweb, Prophet Amponsah touted the Head of Research and Planning for the Police Service as the only person viable of leading a police service capable of dealing with the recent rise in crimes.
“I will appeal to the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danwka Akufo-Addo to appoint COP Kofi Boakye as IGP. Maybe COP Kofi Boakye between 2014 and 2016 supervised some arrests in the Ashanti Region which may not have augured well. But the only thing that can make Ghana peaceful and end armed robbery is COP Kofi Boakye. You can mark it on a wall,” Computer Man stated while sharing his view on the recent robbery cases including two separate attacks on bullion vans.
Armed gunmen on Monday, June 14, 2021, attacked a bullion van at Jamestown in Accra.
The robbers after staging the attack in which they made away with some undisclosed amount left dead a police officer who was on escort duty in the attacked van and a trader who was a resident in the vicinity.
On the next Tuesday after the Jamestown attack, another bullion van robbery incident was staged on the Accra -Winneba Road.
Unlike the Jamestown incident, the Accra-Winneba Road attack was unsuccessful as the robbers failed to stop the van despite their firing of several gunshots.
The two broad daylight robbery attacks coupled with other gun-related crimes recorded over the past few weeks has led many Ghanaians to raise concern over the level of security in the country.
Some Security Analyst including Mr Adam Bonaa have called for the resignation of the current Inspector General of Police.
What looked like a romantic father’s day message to her husband, President Nana Akufo-Addo, turned sour as Ghanaian social media users directed their anger on first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
She took to social media Sunday to praise her husband on father’s day and expressed how proud she was that Nana Akufo-Addo was working to make things work in the country.
“Over the last four years having watched and prayed for my husband as father of the nation, I have had a close view of the sleepless nights, the countless overstretches and the physical strain to make this country work,” she stated in his article.
Madam Akufo-Addo added, “President Akufo-Addo remains a father we all would be proud of.”
But the above message which was part of her goodwill message to the president has infuriated most Ghanaians who believe the nation is not on the right track, owning to the fact the cost of living is high in the country.
The first lady’s message coincided with an increment in fuel prices across the country– the more reason some Ghanaians descended on her.