- EOCO has arrested 11 persons for baby harvesting in the country after about five months of an undercover operation
- One of the babies was sold for GHS30, 000
- The 11 are, however, on bail pending further investigations
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Frank Adu-Poku, the Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), has been speaking after his outfit arrest 11 persons for baby harvesting in the country.
Adu-Poku, according to a Facebook post by Elvis Darko, a journalist with the Finder newspaper, disclosed that one of the doctors arrested told investigators he sold over 12 babies.
EOCO announced on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in a joint statement with the Medical and Dental Council, the arrest of the aforementioned 11 persons, including two medical doctors, two social welfare workers, four nurses, two mothers, and one traditional birth attendant.
It followed months of investigations, spanning between June to November 2020.
They are, however, on bail pending further investigations.
One of the doctors busted, Dr. Hope Mensah Quashie, of the 37 Military Hospital, was arrested on Thursday, December 31, 2020, for selling a baby to undercover investigators at his private clinic at Laterbiokoshie for GHS30,000.
EOCO has in its possession two baby boys who were bought as part of the undercover operation.
Quashie was arrested with three nurses who worked at his facility believed to be his accomplices together with a traditional birth attendant named Dede Gifty Anikpi, at Bethlehem Home at Santoe, a suburb of Kpone Katamanso.
Anikpi referred the mother of the first baby to Quashie’s clinic to be traded, investigators found.
In other news, an on-duty police officer was killed in the early hours of Tuesday, January 19, 2021, when armed men attacked a bullion van he was guarding.
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The van was transporting an undisclosed amount of money from Dunkwa-on-Offin in the Central Region to New Edubiase in the Ashanti Region.
The armed men reportedly laid siege at Nyankomaso, a community on the Obuasi-Dunkwa-on-Offin stretch, firing arbitrarily into the van.
The deceased officer named as Martin Baba reportedly sustained disturbing multiple gunshot wounds leading to his death at the scene.
The robbers made away with GH¢500,000.
“They shot the policeman and took away the cash they were carrying; the driver and one other security personnel did not sustain any gunshot wounds but they were taken to the AGA Hospital for treatment,” District Police Commander for Obuasi Supt Fii Ochil stated.
“But the policeman was hit by the bullet and he died instantly; he is currently at the morgue,” he added.
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