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16.04.2008 Crime & Punishment

2 Held At Dzodze For Murder

By Winston Tamakloe, Ho - newtimesonline.com

THE Police at Dzodze in the Volta Region have arrested two people for their alleged involvement in the murder of a 19-year-old boy, Emmanuel Ahiaba.

The suspects are Reuben Kweku Gohoho, 26, a mason, and Kobla Amenyo Ashigbi, 39, a farmer both of Dzodze.

The body of Ahiaba, also known as Nana Kwame, was found on April 7, abandoned in an old well in a thicket at the outskirts of Dzodze.

Briefing the Times here yesterday, Police Inspector Joy Afagbedzi, Head of the Volta Regional Police Public Relations Unit, said on April 5, Ahiaba, an employee of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, returned from work and got ready to have his supper.

Suddenly he had a call on his cell phone and informed his grandmother, Dora Ama Tawia, that he was going out and would be back soon, but he never returned.

The grandmother, therefore informed relatives and the regent of the town, Penyin Hata, who mounted a search for him.

Inspector Afagbedzi said two days into the search, bloodstains were found along a route to an abandoned well.

The search party followed the lead and sighted the body in the well.

The regent and the police were informed and the body was retrieved.

Inspector Afagbedzi said deep cuts were found on the forehead and the back of Ahiaba, blood also oozed from the mouth and nostrils.

Upon a tip-off, Ashigbi was arrested and when interrogated, he mentioned Gohoho, a member of the search party, as an accomplice.

Gohoho admitted the offence.

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