Key suspects in Takoradi kidnapping finally charged with murder

Key suspects in Takoradi kidnapping finally charged with murder

The key suspects in the Takoradi Kidnapping case have been charged with murder at a Sekondi Magistrate Court.

This charge comes after the state dropped the previous suit against two of the suspects; John Orji and Sam Udoetuk Wills who played key roles in the infamous Takoradi kidnap case.

John Orji and Sam Udoetuk Wills had initially been charged with six counts of conspiracy to commit a crime to wit kidnapping and kidnapping after the disappearance of four girls from the Takoradi Metropolis.

The victims; Priscilla Bentum, Ryth Love Quayson, Priscilla Mantebea Kuranchie, and Ruth Abakahm, who were feared to have been kidnapped between July and December 2018 were eventually confirmed dead in August 2019.

Key suspects in Takoradi kidnapping finally charged with murder
Key suspects in Takoradi kidnapping finally charged with murder Source:
Source: UGC

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In explaining the reason for dropping the initial charges, the state attorney, said the prosecution had finally received the documents they were expecting from the police.

“The nature of the document makes it necessary to change the charge. On the 4th of February, 2020, the state entered into a nolle prosequi, so if the court has received we ask the court to grant it so that preliminary committal processes will begin at a lower court.”

Immediately after the Sekondi High Court granted the plea to drop the initial charge to be replaced with a new charge, the police arrested and charged the two suspects with murder.

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The Prosecutor, Chief Inspector B. P. Ahinsan told the Takoradi Magistrate court that suspect Sam Udoetuk couldn’t come to court since he was still serving his 18-month prison sentencing for escaping cell and destruction of public property.

Chief inspector Ahinsan then pleaded with the court to remand John Orji for further investigations to enable them to commence committal processes in two-weeks.

John Orji will appear before the court on February 13.

The father of one of the victims, Alexander Kuranchie, who sat through the two proceedings told Citi News, all they wanted was a speedy resolution to the case.

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