What tipped me into posting this one was the severed head for sale
severed-head-sold...severed-head-gone-astray...police-hoping-for-return-of-severed-head...When is beheading going to go out of fashion?... I swear to
God, when I was a kid there seemed to be so much less of it going around.
The link is to the article's appearance on modernghana.com, dated May 19, 2010...I don't see a writer named for me to credit...
Four Held For Ritual Murder
The police in Goaso are holding four people, including a cocoa purchasing clerk, over a case in which the headless body of a middle-aged farm
labourer was found on a cocoa farm at Sakyikrom, near Asumura in the Asunafo North municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The four, who are suspected to have murdered Yaw Peter in what appears to be a ritual murder, are Jacob Atia, alias Paa Kojo, the purchasing clerk of
a private cocoa buying company; Dery Donkor, alias Bula; Kofi Nsiah and Kwame Ketewa.
The police have mounted a search to retrieve the severed head of the deceased, which was said to have been sold for GH¢20,000 to a buyer in a village
The incident sent shock waves through the area, as the deceased was said to have gone to the farm on that fateful day with the suspects for a group
farming activity known in Akan as “nnoboa”.
The Goaso Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent Twumasi Ankrah, told the Daily Graphic that one of the suspects, Dery, had admitted taking part
in the heinous crime and had, indeed, mentioned Atia as the one who masterminded the crime.
Dery allegedly told police investigators that the purchasing clerk, who hatched the plot, claimed he had someone who would buy the head for
GH¢10,000, while Nsiah also claimed he had someone who was ready to offer GH¢20,000 for the head.
Consequently, just after Peter had been killed, his severed head was given to Nsiah, who sent it to Nsuta, a village near Mim, for sale.
Giving further details, Supt Ankrah said the deceased lived in a cottage near Sakyikrom with his wife.
On May 11, 2010, he joined the suspects for the “nnoboa” activity on a farm but did not return. His wife, unable to establish what had happened to
the husband, rushed to Sakyikrom in search of him.
Members of the community organised a search party in the night but Peter could not be found.
On May 14, 2010, a farmer in the area went to his cocoa farm where he was met by an offensive odour and flies from a distance.
Curiosity drove him to the spot where he found Peter’s remains covered with cocoa leaves, with the head missing.
He consequently informed the Unit Committee of the area, which followed it up with a report to the police. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
It's like a new thing to worry about...
"Why are my friends looking at me funny?"
-"They are going to kill you and sell your head."