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15.08.2005 General News

Ghanaians Murdered In Gambia For Rituals

Daily Guide

Ghana may be heading for a collision course with The Gambia, following the revelation that a number of Ghanaians were allegedly murdered by the country's security agents on July 25, 2005. The Ghanaians including eight other nationals from Nigeria, Senegal and Togo met their untimely deaths in Gambia when the vehicle they were travelling on to board a boat enroute to Europe from Senegal, was diverted to the Gambia for unknown reasons.

Only eight of the bodies have so far been found as the rest are said to have been disposed of in a very questionable circumstances. Residents of Ghana Town in Banjul in The Gambia are suspecting ritual murder involving highly placed people using security personnel. Three other people are missing from the 53 people who set off for the tortuous journey to Europe using 'connection men." Daily Guide learnt that the investigative team sent by President Kufuor to the Gambia to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of the Ghanaians, was dumbfounded when the team realised that the people were victims of pre-meditated murder.

According to sources, no marks were found on some of the bodies recovered, indicating that they might have been strangled to death or injected with poisonous substances, reminiscent of the serial killings that rocked Accra and its environs in recent past.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, foreign affairs minister and leader of the delegation who called off a press conference last week on the issue following a new development is expected to brief journalists this week.

Reports say following the visit by the Ghanaian delegation, the Gambian para-military forces have targeted Ghanaians in that country for sending distress calls, necessitating the visit by the Presidential delegation.

A number of Ghanaians are said to have been arrested and dumped at the border town of Amdalai near Senegal with a warning never to return to the Gambia. Other Ghanaians have also been incarcerated over immigration offences at Serrekumda, the country's second largest town, it has been learnt.