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22.07.2005 Regional News

Prosecute grave looter - Mankrong-Junction police told

By GNA

Agona Akrabong (C/R), July 22, GNA - Mr Kweku Nutogo, Assemblyman for the Bontrase Electoral Area, has expressed concern about the inability of the Mankrong-Junction Police to prosecute Robert Afful, who with three other people desecrated a 135-year-old grave in the town. Speaking to the GNA at Akrabong, Mr Nutogo said that last month he had a hint that the man had desecrated the grave of the Late Nai Kawo Tetteh, founder of the town and mobilised the people to invade his hide out and arrested and handed over to the police.

He said the man admitted the offence and mentioned his accomplices who are on the run.

The accomplices were named as Kobina Abass, Smart Oppey and Malik Babalola.

According to the Assemblyman the accused was allowed by one of the Chiefs and has since then been roaming in the streets of Awutu Abefoe. Mr Nutogo stated that when the accused agreed to pay a compensation of 25 million cedis, a sheep and a bottle of schnapps to the family of late Nai Tetteh at the Police station he was allowed to go.

It would be recalled that about three months ago, Afful and other accomplices desecrated the grave of the first Chief of the town and made away jewels and bones.

He pointed that the residents were not happy that justice was being denied in the matter and appealed to the Agona Divisional Crime Officer to arraign the accused in court.

When Mr G.W Mortty, Agona Swedru Divisional Crime Officer, was contacted he confirmed the story and said the accused would soon be put before court.

He assured the chiefs and the people in the area to exercise restraint and allow the police to search for the other accomplices on the run.

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