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Wa security man killings: former CID boss backs calls for cross-border investigation

The most recent killings in Wa seem to follow a worrying trend: 11 security men were killed in a similar manner in the Upper West Region in 2023

A former director general of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Commander of Police Bright Oduro (rtd), has backed calls for an extensive investigation and collaboration between the security forces of Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso to unravel the cause of the recent killings of two security officers in Wa, in the Upper West Region.

Speaking to Caleb Ahinakwah on TownHall Talk on Asaase 99.5 Accra on Friday (21 June 2024), Oduro said: “… if [the killers] are harvesting body parts, I’m sure they are transporting them outside or beyond our borders to some other countries …

“So, of course, there may be the need for co-operation with some other jurisdiction. But again, what do we know? We don’t know much. It’s up to the police,” Oduro said.

Shallow grave

The remains of a security guard for the Wa East District education office annex were found on Tuesday morning (18 June 2024). Post-mortem checks showed that the deceased’s penis had been cut off, and parts of his throat excised.

Another security man guarding the Wa Model Primary School went missing and traces of blood were discovered around his place of work. His corpse was later discovered in a shallow grave. A murder investigation has been launched.

The killings seem to be in line with a worrying trend. Eleven security men were killed in a similar manner in the Upper West Region in 2023.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), George Akuffo Dampare, has visited the area.

Barely a month ago, similar killings were recorded in Bole, approximately 100 kilometres from Wa. A huge police deployment was effected to help apprehend the culprits.

Listen to COP Bright Oduro (rtd) speaking on “TownHall Talk” in the audio clip below:

 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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