- Ghana Police Service has refutes claims by Child Right International that they have detained a 12-year-old boy in connection with Major Mahama murder case
- The police say only arrested the boy for questioning leading to the arrest of some key suspects in the murder case
The Ghana Police Service has discounted claims by an NGO, Child Right International suggesting that it’s currently holding a 12-year-old boy in custody in connection with murder of Major Mahama.
According to DSP Sheila Abayie Buckman, the Director of Police Public Affairs, the boy was only questioned by the police as he witnessed the gruesome murder of the late Mahama and was let to go afterwards.
The Public Affairs Director, explained that it was important for the police to question the little boy since he was seen in the video looking on the act; as adults perpetrated the crime.
Executive Director of Child Rights International Bright Appiah, yesterday raised alarm that the minor who was picked up by the police was not kept at the juvenile center as required by law. This occurrence he said could affect the 12-year-old boy psychologically.
But, DSP Sheila Buckman in a response to the allegation insisted that, the boy is not in police custody and has not been detained.
She however maintained that, he was reported by the Ashanti Regional Police as having been arrested. And per police procedure, they conducted some few checks leading to the arrest of some key persons in connection with the murder.
“From police checks, the boy was not supposed to have been detained and so we are not holding him as a suspect,” she said.
On his side, Mr Appiah submitted that, the best solution the state can offer is to rehabilitate and reintegrate children affected to prevent them from experiencing permanent trauma.
“We in Child Right believe that, irrespective of whatever happened, the state must be interested in protecting children in the process whether they are victims of circumstance or perpetrators,” he said.
He added that, the present situation in Denkyira-Obuasi makes children more vulnerable and expose them to abuse.
Many parents and guardians are said to have fled Denkyira-Obuasi where Major Mahama was gruesomely murdered for fear of reprisal attacks by the military.
The late Major Mahama was laid to rest, last Friday at the Osu Military Cemetery in a state burial.
The young army officer was murdered while on national assignment by some angry youth of the town after accusing him of being an armed robber.
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