Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of the 24-year-old business woman, Rita Afia Adusei Opokua, in Koforidua.
The suspects, Francis Torgbuiga, 36, and Iddi Mohammed alias Colombia, reported to be part of a gang of assailants who murdered the deceased were arrested by the Efdiduase District Police Command.
Sources close to the Police indicate on July 14, 2019, Police intelligence unraveled that suspect Francis Torgbuiga was in possession of a Techno Mobile phone owned by the deceased and immediately arrested him, upon which he admitted being part of the gang that murdered her.
Upon further interrogation, he mentioned second suspect, ‘Colombia’, and two others whose name he did not know as part of the assailants.
Police proceeded to arrest the second suspect at his hideout. The two suspects are currently in Police custody as efforts are underway to arrest the other accomplices.
The Public Relation Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command ,DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, confirmed the arrest to Starr News .
24-year-old Rita Afia Adusei Opokua was murdered by unknown assailants in a bush behind the SDA Education Unit Office along the Kasadjan road in the New Juaben North Municipality of the Eastern Region.
The body of the deceased was retrieved the following day by Police and deposited at the St.Joseph Hospital Morgue.
Information gathered by Starr News indicates the deceased left the house to the shop to sell on July 9,2019 at 7:00am but did not return.Several efforts to trace her whereabouts were not successful.
However, her body was found lying dead in a nearby bush behind SDA Educational Unit Office near Abrewa- Nkwanta the following morning .
Sister to the deceased Lydia Bosompem reported the incident to the Police and crime scene investigators from the Effiduase District Police Command were dispatched to the scene .
According to Police report, the deceased was “found lying dead in supine position wearing black underwear half way below waist and her long dress pulled on her stomach. Spot investigations shows signs of struggle suggesting deceased struggled with her assailants before she was overpowered and dragged into the bush”.
The Police Investigators explained further that Inspections on the body revealed bruises on the cheek and blood oozing from the left ear. Other visible marks of assault were seen around the back, right ankle, buttocks and both thighs. Body was photographed and later conveyed to St. Joseph Hospital mortuary for autopsy.
The Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command ,Sergent Francis Gomado, told starr News when contacted that,investigation is ongoing to unravel and arrest the assailants.
He however advised persons who work and closes at night to be security conscious and avoid using obscure routes.