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27.02.2007 General News

Two picked over missing teacher

Two key suspects have been picked by the Keta Divisional Police Command in connection with the basic school teacher who had been missing from Woe in the Keta District in the Volta Region since September last year.

They are Xovor Akpalu, 23, with whom the missing teacher's mobile phone chip was found, and Hunor Koblaga, 50, a fetish priest of the area who admitted selling the phone to Akpalu.

A source close to the Divisional Command said that shortly before their detention on Friday, Akpalu and Koblaga engaged in an argument over the phone.

He said while Koblaga insisted that the phone he had sold to Akpalu was his personal property but without a chip, Akpalu said it contained a chip when he bought it from him.

The source said Akpalu also claimed that Koblaga had been using a phone he suspected to be the missing teacher's and added that he believed Koblaga discarded it when investigations were under way.

The source said Koblaga denied Akpalu's assertion that he (Koblaga) had been using a phone he (Akpalu) suspected to belong to the missing teacher and showed to the police the phone he had been using for a long time now.

Wilson Tenu, 29, a teacher of the Salvation Army Basic School at Woe, went out on a bicycle at about 8.30 p.m. on September 6, last year to buy a few items in town but had since not returned and hopes of finding him are fading.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police in charge of crime at the Divisional Command, Frank Edufati, confirming the new development said efforts were being made by the police to unearth the mystery surrounding the missing teacher.

When Mr Edufati was informed about the anger of the community against the police for allegedly failing to detain Akpalu and Koblaga soon after they had been linked to the phone, a situation which they considered allowed the culprits ample time to hide key pieces of evidence, he said in-depth investigations will still be carried out into the matter.

Teachers, schoolchildren and some sympathisers who are frustrated by the lack of progress in investigations into Tenu's whereabouts are said to be planning to stage demonstrations at Woe.

Source: Daily Graphic