Seven men have been arrested by the Kpetoe District Command of the Ghana Police Service in connection with the recent abduction and subsequent killing of a 12-year-old boy, Cornelius Negble at Nornyikpo, a farming community in Agotime-Ziope District of the Volta Region.

According to reports available to, the suspects are; Hunor Kofi Koko alias Ando Kofi, Anani Koko, Senanu Ashitor Atsikpo, Kwamevi Kagbetor, Louis Etse, Kudzo Akpatsu, and Fianyo Sandema.

According to the Volta Regional Commander of the Ghana Police Service, DCOP Edward Oduro Kwateng, in May, one Mary Amewornu reported to the Police at Kpetoe that her grandson had gone missing.

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He went ahead to state that on the same day the case was reported to the police, the Assembly member for Atsrulume Electoral Area with help of five other people arrested suspect Senanu Ashitor Atsikpo upon suspicion that he was the architect of the disappearance of the deceased and handed him over to the Police.

The Police subsequently had intelligence that Atsikpo acted in concert with two other accomplices to abduct and kill the deceased for ritual purposes at a shrine at Nudowukorpe, near Tadzewu.

DCOP Kwateng revealed that the Police quickly went to the shrine but could not find the suspects.

However, on May 31, the Police returned to the shrine and this time, they were around, hence were arrested.

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According to him, the body of the boy which was put in a sack and buried in one of the rooms was exhumed with maggots all over it.

He indicated that checks conducted on the body by Environmental Health Officers revealed that the intestines, kidney heart and penis of the deceased have been removed.

DCOP Kwateng said Police proceeded to arrest suspect Kudzo Akpatsu, father of suspect Morris Etse who is currently at large, Kwami Kagbetor, Louis Etse, who were implicated in the conspiracy from the hideouts.

He said further investigation revealed that suspect Atsikpo, a native of Ative, deals in human parts and promised to get a fetish priest, Hunor Kofi Koko, human parts to perform sacrifices to build a new deity to be named Agbavor.

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According to the Commander, Hunor Koko then instructed Anani and Morris to meet Atsikpo at Nornyikpo for the sacrifices, and Atsikpo directed them via phone call to meet him at a location to undertake their plans.

“During the meeting of the trio, Atsikpo called the boy to accompany him to a forest, and he obliged, and at the forest the trio killed him, put his body in a sack and conveyed it on a motor bike to the shrine for the rituals.”


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