A joint effort by residents and the police in the Savannah region town of Bole has led to the rescue of a four-year-old girl from suspected kidnappers, officials say.
One of the suspects has since been arrested and is in police custody. The young girl was on her way to school when the incident happened Monday.
The suspects were said to have lured the innocent child into the bush and attempted to strangle her to death.
Witnesses told Dailymailgh.com‘s North East Regional Correspondent that an unusual noise which emanated from the bush close to the John Mahama Estates, a popular area in Bole, caught the attention of a woman who later raised an alarm.
The two, upon sensing danger, attempted to escape. Luck, however, eluded one of them who was subsequently apprehended by some passersby after given a hot chase while the other bolted.
The Deeper Life Basic School pupil, sustained minor injuries, and was later rushed to the Bole Government Hospital for treatment by the youth in the area.
The victim’s family was later informed over the development.
Tension, however, brewed as the aggrieved youth later stormed the police station to demand the immediate release of the suspect.
Police had a tough time controlling the angry mob as they vowed to end his [the suspect’s] life.
The mob were later dispersed after police assured of a thorough investigation into the incident.
“We had a hectic time controlling the crowd. This is a serious matter and the command is not ruling out ritual killing as well,” disclosed a source at the police station.
When contacted, Pastor Victor Agene, Proprietor of Deeper Life Basic School said the child has since reunited with her family.
While describing the act as evil, he warned parents to prioritize the safety of their wards.
“…This should be a lesson to parents as well as staff that we should be security conscious. The child, according to her parents, was coming to school with her elder brother who took the lead and that led to this unfortunate incident”, Pastor Agene explained, adding that, “when your child is going to school make sure you take the child to school and ensure that he is given the maximum care but leaving the child alone to trek to school is not helpful”.
By Zion Abdul Rauf, Daily Mail GH