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03.07.2006 Press Release

Woman With Live Vultures Arrested

By Daily Graphic
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A 35-year-old businesswoman was on Saturday arrested by the police for allegedly transporting nine live vultures from Cape Coast to Accra.

Madam Dovi Akosua-Vi told the police that she bought the vultures in Cote d'Ivoire and was sending them to some medicine men in Togo, but people suspected that she intended selling the vultures to chop bar operators in Accra.

Briefing the Daily Graphic on the incident, the District Commander of the Accra Railway Police Station, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Kwadwo Nkansah, said Madam Akosua-Vi, who put the vultures in a sack, boarded a Benz bus, with registration number GW 7425 P, at 4 a.m. on Saturday from Cape Coast to Accra.

He said on reaching the Graphic Road, the driver of the Benz bus, Kwame Ofori, stopped for one of the passengers to alight from the bus.

“While offloading the goods of the passenger, he (the driver) saw the beak of a vulture in the sack of Akosua-Vi,” he said.

ASP Nkansah said the driver became suspicious and asked Madam Akosua-Vi to declare the content of the sack, but she insisted that the sack contained turkeys

The driver became more suspicious and started monitoring her.

ASP Nkansah said when they got to the CMB Lorry Station, Madam Akosua-Vi alighted “and took to her heels and abandoned the sack”.

Kwame Ofori then raised an alarm and she was chased and arrested.

ASP Nkansah said when the suspect's sack was examined, eight live vultures and a dead one were found concealed in it.

Meanwhile, six of the eight vultures have died since the arrest of the suspect.

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