- John Mahama has donated Ghs10,000 to the bereaved family of the 10-year-old boy killed for ritual in Kasoa
- Two teenagers have been arrested for the murder
- They have been remanded to allow for further investigations
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Former President John Dramani Mahama has made a Ghs10,000 cash donation to the family of the 10-year-old boy murdered in Kasoa for rituals.
Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang made the donation on behalf of the former president when she visited the family of Ishmael Mensah on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, to commiserate with them.
The Ofaakor District Magistrate Court remanded into police custody the two teenagers who allegedly killed Mensah.
Felix Nyarko, 15, and Nicholas King, 18 on Saturday, April 3, reportedly lured and killed the 10-year-old.
Their remand was to allow the police to conduct more investigations into the matter.
Sharing pictures of her visit on Facebook, Mahama’s running mate in the 2020 general elections wrote: “This despicable episode demands national soul searching and an honest enquiry into the direction of our country.”
She added: “Even as a mother and grandmother, I do not pretend to fully comprehend what my fellow mother is going through at this moment save to offer prayers and words of sincere sympathy.
“On behalf of Former President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC, we made a token donation of GHS10,000.00 to the family. May Allah grant solace and strength to the bereaved family particularly in this holy month of Ramadan.”
The former president's gesture sparked massive reactions and comments and YEN.com.gh compiled a few.
Stephen Kwesi Nkrumah writes, “Ghanaian people are hailing you all over for your impact in the society after you missed narrowly to the presidency, we know your one leg is already there and God will add the other in due time, keep up madam!!”
“Kudos! Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang and the road to 2024 is clear victory, this is what the Prez Nana Akuffo Addo must do rather than sending unnecessary condolences to Queen Elizabeth,” Kofi Flecherson Fiifi added.
Sam-Nat Abbrey said: “God bless you very much for such a gesture and may the soul of the deceased rest in peace.”
FreemanWayo Chances GoodLuck GoodWishes noted, “Thanks for this kind gesture. May God strengthen the bereaved family and may the innocent soul of the boy rest in perfect peace.”
David Kudjordjie opined: “The amount Mahama and NDC as whole gave will not solve anything. Stop the JuJu men who hijacked the social media for advertising their juju powers . Teenage are going to those criminal JuJu men for money rituals.”
“Nana Addo is busily sending his condolences to UK and bringing Ghana from middle income status to lower income, heading to HIPIC but u find time to mourn the dead. Thank u,” John Senyo added.
Yussif Issah said, “That is the mark of a leader, leaders are born and not made, you’re indeed the true daughter of Ghana. Keep it up. We are proud of you. May the Almighty Allah grant you all you desire for. Amen.”
In other news, the police have said the suspects who murdered the 10-year-old boy in Kasoa cannot be jailed for more than 5 years.
There have been calls for harsher punishment to be meted out to the suspects if found culpable.
But the PRO of the Central Regional Police, Irene Oppong said the punishment for the suspects may not be as harsh as expected.
This is because there is no documentary evidence to prove whether their ages are 16 or 17.
Oppong in an interview with Kumasi-based Hello FM said efforts are underway to get their weighing cards or birth certificates.
“In case we do not get any of these, then the police investigator will have to take them to an expert to determine their ages,” she ended.
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Going by the current ages of the suspects, they are juveniles and may not be sentenced to more than five years.
“In the case of a juvenile, the sentence can’t exceed five years. In some instances, they can be sentenced for only three years and that depends on the discretion of the judge,” she stated.
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