Police in the Western Region of Ghana have appealed to the public for help in finding suspects involved in the murder of an eight-year-old boy.
The victim only identified as Kobina was found lifeless near a Naval Officers Mess at Adiembra, a surburb of Sekondi on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
The victim had gone missing the previous day until he was discovered dead near a plantain farm at about 2p.m local time.
Some witnesses who narrated the incident to Dailymailgh.com said the partially decomposed body was identified by a dog who led its owner to the scene.
The deceased had sustained knife wounds at the ribs and also at the throat indicating the victim may have been tortured to death.
Witnesses recounted how a foul smell that emanated from the scene forced residents to convey the body to the morgue as it took almost three hours before the police arrived at the scene.
Western Regional Police spokesperson, DSP Olivia Ewurabena Adiku told reporters homicide investigation has begun. She said the body of the deceased has been sent to the Effia Nkwanta Hospital for preservation and autopsy.
“We are appealing to the public to help us with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects”, DSP Adiku told reporters.
New wave of crimes in Western Region
Kobina’s mysterious death comes during a wave of public outrage at the recent spate of murders and kidnappings of girls at the hands of men around the Western Regional capital, Takoradi.
Four girls have gone missing in the region raising concerns about safety of locals and the country at large.
Three persons including Nigerians have been arrested and are standing trial in connection with the incident.
Multiple marches took place across Tarkoradi amidst several campaigns to get the missing girls found. Street protests have also been held outside Tarkoradi following the incident.
By J. Ofori, Daily Mail GH