Seven persons, suspected to have abducted and killed a 12-year-old boy, Cornelius Negble at Nornyikpor, a farming community in the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region, are in the grips of the Volta Regional Police Command.
The deceased was said to have gone missing on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at about 7.00am. He was subsequently declared missing after several attempts to search for him proved futile.
According to the Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Edward Oduro Kwateng, the suspects were arrested after the Assembly Member for the area led a team to arrest one of the suspects following a tip-off.
The police indicated that investigations revealed the suspects and two other accomplices abducted and killed Cornelius Negble for ritual purposes at a shrine at Nudowukorpe near Tadzewu.
Narrating the shocking incident to the media, DCOP Oduro Kwateng said the remaining six suspects, including a fetish priest, have all been arrested separately in their hideouts.
According to the Regional Police Commander, Interpol in Togo succeeded in arresting some other suspects in the country and extradited them to Ghana to assist in the investigation.
The police told the media that five out of the seven suspects have admitted they played roles in the killing of Cornelius Negble.
The seven suspects have already appeared before the Agortime-Ziope District Magistrate Court for committal proceedings, and the court presided over by Justice Samuel Essel Walker has adjourned the case to 5th July 2021.
Commander Oduro Kwateng further mentioned that on 31 May 2021, police returned to the shrine to effect the arrest of the “abductors and also rescue the victim, Cornelius Negble, but the little boy had been killed, and the head severed and buried in one of the rooms, while the body was kept in a sack which was heavily infested with maggots”.
Further investigation revealed that one of the suspects, Senanu Ashitor aged 28, deals in human parts and had promised to get the fetish priest, Kofi Koko some parts “to perform sacrifices in building a deity to be named Agbevor”.