General News of Thursday, 23 July 2009

Akua Linda, believed to be 18 years old, has been grabbed by the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ashanti Regional Police Command for allegedly stealing a two-year-old albino boy. 

The suspect had told the police upon interrogation that she stole the boy under the orders of a certain man by name Biyanka who tried using the innocent boy perhaps for ritual purposes but to no avail.  

Akua Linda who was grabbed with the albino boy at the Kejetia Bus Terminal in Kumasi yesterday, Wednesday, July 22, 2009 has been detained in police custody assisting the law enforcement agents in their investigations.  

The said Biyanka was still at large and the police were leaving no stone unturned in their bid to apprehend him to assist them in their investigations.  

Briefing DAILY GUIDE in an exclusive interview, the Ashanti Regional Coordinator of DOVVSU, ASP Appiah-Sakyi George said the victim lives with his mom at Race Course, a slum neighbourhood in the city.  

Around 3:30pm on July 16, 2009, he noted, the albino boy and his mother went to take their bath together after which the mother went inside her room to dress up, leaving her son in front of her room.  

Whilst dressing up, the child’s mother saw her son playing with the suspect outside so she quickly confronted Akua Linda asking of her identity and why she was playing with her son.

According to ASP Appiah-Sakyi, Akua Linda, in response, told the child’s mother that she was sent by one Yaaba Talata who is managing a commercial bathhouse in the area to bring the child to her.  
Since the mother knew the commercial bath operator, she went back inside her room to continue dressing up leaving behind the innocent boy with Akua Linda.  

The Police Capo said the child’s mother upon returning from her room realized that her son and the suspect were nowhere to be found, so she swiftly rushed to Yaaba Talata to enquire where her son was since she had earlier sent someone for him.  

But to the mother’s horror, Yaaba Talata said she did not know where the boy was, emphatically stating that she had also not sent anybody to come for the albino boy.  

The child’s mother immediately reported the matter to the police who thereafter apprehended Yaaba Talata for questioning before making a public announcement of the missing albino boy.  

ASP Appiah-Sakyi noted that his outfit was on the brink of processing Yaaba Talata for court in connection of the missing boy yesterday when they got report that Akua Linda had been grabbed at Kejetia with the young albino boy.  

He indicated that upon police interrogation, Akua Linda confessed that a man by name Biyanka sent her to feign playing with the boy so that she could steal him, an assignment which she carried out to perfection.  

ASP Appiah-Sakyi said Linda continued that Biyanka took the albino boy to Asuoyeboah, another Kumasi suburb, after which he later took the young boy to an unknown destination.  

Akua Linda, according to the Police Capo, noted further that Biyanka returned the boy to her yesterday morning, explaining that what he intended to use the boy for could not work out as expected.

Akua Linda was therefore on her way to return the child to his mother at the Race Course when someone saw them and raised the alarm leading to her apprehension.  

ASP Appiah-Sakyi said his outfit would follow the case thoroughly to unravel the whole truth soon.

From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

Source: Daily Guide

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