IGP storms Wa to bolster confidence over ritual murders

The Inspector General of Police, COP Dr George Akuffo Dampare has arrived the Upper West regional capital Wa, to gather first-hand information as fear grips residents over recent killings.

COP Dr George Akuffo Dampare, accompanied by some members of the Police Management Board, the Upper West Regional Police Command and some national security operatives this afternoon walked through some principal streets of Wa during which he engaged ordinary residents to assure them of readiness of the law enforcement agency to protect them and also to boost morale among his officers.

The IGP according to Police sources will also tour other towns within the municipality.

The body of the latest victim, identified as Seidu Dakpuli, a security man has been discovered. According to witnesses, his eyes and tongue had been removed and placed in in a rubber bag.
According to reports, there was no trace of the security guard’s body, but residents found traces of blood near the Wa Technical University.
According to the latest Police update on the development, special purpose police intelligence and investigation teams dispatched to the area led to the discovery of the body of the latest victim, in a shallow grave at Bamahu, a suburb of Wa.

The body has since been deposited at the Regional Hospital, Wa for autopsy and investigation.

It also said the Police Administration is providing clinical psychologists to offer psycho-social support to the family of the diseased while assuring residents of frantic effort to find those involved.

COP Dr George Akuffo Dampare’s visit on Monday, follows angry protests last Friday amidst calls on the Wa Naa to summon heads of security agencies, the MCE and the Regional Minister to answer questions about the spate of killings suspected to be ritual murders.

Official data on such bizarre killings indicate at least 10 security guards have been killed in Wa since February this year, with no clue about the pepetrators.

MP for the area, Dr Abdul-Rashid Pelpuo, has joined calls for beefed up security while movement of tricycles after 10pm has been enforced.


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