64-YEAR-OLD WOMAN MURDERED, BURNT IN BUSH
From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Kuntunase-Ash
SIXTY FOUR-YEAR-OLD fish monger, Madam Afia Fofie, a resident of Atonsu Bokoro in Kumasi has been killed and her body burnt by unknown assailants at Akokofe, near Kuntunase, in the Bosomtwe district of Ashanti.
Madam Fofie, who left her home on the evening of Sunday October 7 to collect monies owed her by her debtors, who purchased fish from her never returned home.
Sensing danger, her children mounted a search for her but to no avail. When her mortal remains were later found, some parts of the deceased, particularly the tissues in one of her breast and the womb had been removed.
Confirming the murder to The Chronicle, the District Police Commander for Bosomtwe at Kuntunase, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Edward Osei said the police have intensified investigations into the circumstances that led to the murder of Madam Fofie.
DSP Osei assured the relatives that the police would do their best to apprehend the killers and, therefore, called on the public to volunteer information to enable them speed up with their investigations.
Narrating the circumstances leading to the death of Madam Fofie, one of the children, James Atobrah said her mother left home on Sunday evening to transact her usual business of collecting monies from her debtors, whom she had supplied fish from Yeji.
According to Atobrah, as the mother was not coming home, they sensed danger and began searching for her. He said they went to several hospitals and mortuaries in both the Kumasi Metropolis and nearby Bosomtwe district, but never found her.
Atobrah continued that as there was no clue to the whereabouts of their mother, they lodged a complaint with the Asokwa police where they were issued with police extract for radio announcements. He added that it was after the announcement that they had a call from the Kuntnase Police that the Assemblyman from Akokofe reported that he saw a dead body lying in a bush at the town and that they should come to identify it.
Atobrah, a cameraman at KKTV in Kumasi, said they identified the charred body of their mother by the dress she wore. He said the body was in a state of decomposition when she was found.
As a result of the state of the body, a pathologist was invited to the scene to conduct a postmortem before it was released for burial. The body has since been buried at her hometown of Pease, near Kuntanase.
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