A fourth suspect has been picked up by the police after the murder of a 15-year-old boy forced authorities to shutdown the only basic school at Nhyiaeso, a community within the Agogo area in the Ashanti Region.
The male adult was arrested in an intelligence-led operation at Agogo Zongo and is assisting police investigations, law enforcement agencies said on Wednesday.
Chief Superintendent Shaibu Osei, the Commander with the Konongo Division confirmed the arrest to dailymailgh.com when a delegation led by the Municipal Chief Executive for Asante Akyem North, Francis Oti Boateng visited the community to commiserate with the grieving family.
“The [three suspects] who were arrested last Monday have been discharged from the hospital. And I have been informed by my crime officer at the Agogo District that intelligence led to the arrest of another suspect at Agogo Zongo bringing the suspects to for now”, Chief Superintendent Shaibu Osei said.
He says the suspects are assisting the police in their investigations.
“We want to take statements from the two kids so that it will help to interrogate and caution all the suspect”, the police chief said as he assured of more police protection in the area.
Authorities have however closed down the Nhyiaeso M/A Basic School, the only public school which serves seven other communities in the area.
The headmaster of the school, Akapanga Jude, explains they were forced to close down the school as parents fear their wards could be victims.
“My teachers are in school but the children have boycotted the class”, Jude said as he confirms the situation could also affect contact hours.
The community is still leaving in fear in what appears to be the latest unresolved murder cases linked to farmer herder clashes in the Agogo enclave.
MCE assures police-military deployment
The Municipal Chief Executive, Francis Oti Boateng says the Assembly will revive the ‘Operation Cowleg’ program aimed at flushing out the herders from the community.
He says the joint police-military team will soon be deployed to the area.