September 22, 2020

Murder suspect arrested after 3 years – Leads police to retrieve bones

A suspect has led the police to exhume the skeletal remains of a man he has allegedly admitted to have murdered three years ago.

The police said the suspect, Yakubu Atubiga, alias Phobia, 38, a resident of Fawobotoso in the Ahafo Ano North District in the Ashanti Region, had initially denied killing Martin Kwabena Amuzu, but after further interrogation, he admitted burying the head of the deceased in an anthill, while he dumped the other parts of the body in an abandoned well.

He consequently led the police to retrieve the skull and other skeletal parts.


The abandoned well

Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ashanti Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Godwin Ahianyo, said some time in August 2017, one Mr Gyau reported to the police of the disappearance of Amuzu, who was then 32 years.

He said on July 7, this year, the police in Tepa received intelligence that in August 2017, Atubiga had shot and killed Amuzu on a farm at Kwame Baah cottage.

According to the PRO, one Akwasi Twumasi had found Amuzu’s body on a cocoa farm and went to inform Nana Bowie, the chief of the cottage, about it, but the chief asked him not to tell anyone about it.

Mr Ahianyo said following the intelligence, Atubiga was arrested, together with the deceased’s former employer and Twumasi.

Exhumation order

Mr Ahianyo said on July 20, this year, the police secured an exhumation order from the Tepa District Court, and together with officers from the Environmental Health Unit and the Ashanti Regional Crime Scene Team, went to exhume the skull, together with a pair of white rubber slippers and a multi-coloured T-shirt suspected to belong to the deceased.

The following day, he said, the suspect again led the police to an abandoned well at the cottage where he claimed he had dumped some of the skeletal remains of the deceased.

The bones and the skull had since been deposited at the Tepa Government Hospital for preservation and DNA analysis.

Source: General News

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