Central Regional Minister Justina Marigold Assan has promised the family of a murdered 11-year-old boy that they will get the victim’s body today, Thursday, 8 April 2021, for burial following clamouring by them for it so they can bury it in accordance with Islamic tenets.
“By tomorrow [Thursday], the family will receive Ishmael’s body, so we can do the needful. Regional Police Commander will come on Friday to assist with the necessary arrangements as well”, the minister said when she visited the family on Wednesday, 7 April 2021.
She also promised them justice.
“We promise the family that the justice the family is asking for will be given to them”, she said during a visit on Wednesday, 7 April 2021, adding: “I know that the steps we are taking will bring the justice the family is demanding”.
The minister was accompanied by the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Mrs Habiba Twumasi Sarpong and Awutu Senya East MCE, Michael Essuman Mensah among others.
Meanwhile, a traditional priestess linked to the murder has been arrested by the police.
She was arrested at Amanase near Suhum in the Eastern Region.
Her details are yet to be made public by the police.
The two teen suspects who have been arrested by the police for killing the little boy confessed to being inspired to commit the crime after watching a spiritualist on TV talk about how people could be millionaires through such means, the fact sheet of the case has revealed.
The suspects, Felix Nyarko, 15, and Nicholas Kini, 17, allegedly conspired to kill the Class Four pupil of the Maranatha School, Ishmael Mensah, at about 10 a.m. on Holy Saturday.
According to the facts of the case as presented by the prosecutor, Inspector Japhet Agyeman, Nyarko got the idea from watching the TV spiritualist and sold the plan to his accomplice Kini, who said he knew a different spiritualist in the Volta Region who could help them.
The spiritualist they contacted asked them for a human sacrifice and a sum of GHS5,000.
“For some time now, the 1st accused [Felix Nyarko] has been watching Ghana Television channels that entertain mallams and other spiritualists to promote their prowess in making people instant millionaires.
“He informed the 2nd accused [Nicholas Kini] who advised that there is a certain spiritualist in Volta Region who can do it for them.
The “2nd accused, who is not having a phone, provided the phone number of the said spiritualist to the 1st accused, who has access to his mother’s phone.
“After contacting the said spiritualist, she agreed to help if only they can provide a human being and cash sum of GHS5,000 for the rituals,” portions of the police fact sheets revealed.
According to the fact sheet, the teen suspects first planned kidnapping the now-deceased boy for a GHS5,000 ransom from his parents so they could present the money to the spiritualist but aborted that plot.