The Ellembele District Assembly has Instituted a GHC2,000 reward package for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of the four men who allegedly gang-defiled a 14 year old primary school girl at Asanda.
Mr Francis Kwasi Bonzo, District Chief Executive, announced this when he and the District Police Commander, District Coordinating Director and District Social Welfare Officer visited the home of the fourteen year old victim to console the family and assured them of the DISEC’s support to resolve the matter through the laws of the land.
The DCE described the act as disgusting and condemnable by all and sundry to bring justice to bear on the matter.
He said the matter was a social security threat that must be given the needed attention in order to deter others from engaging in such acts adding, “we cannot sit down and see these vices gain roots in the society… let’s nib it in the bud “.
For his part, DSP Thomas Bayor District police commander assured the parents of the victim that the police would work hard to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book.
“Just have trust in the police, these men will not go free… justice will prevail, all we need is your cooperation and willingness to give information on the matter”, he added.
Superintendent Bayor dispelled the notion that the police were not ready to follow up on the matter.
The victim, a class four pupil of a basic school in the area was allegedly lured by four men who are regular customers to her mother’s food and drinking joint.
On that fateful day, the four men believed to have carried out the inhuman act went to the base to buy food and drinks and realizing that the parents of the victim were away, enticed her to follow them to the sea shore to collect fish and allegedly carried out the barbaric act on the way after drugging her with a bottle of soft drink.
The four men, aged 35, 25, 18 and 17 recognizing the danger and nature of crime committed fled the town with police investigations still on-going.
Mr James Akpah, the father of the victim explained to the team that, initially mothers of two of the culprits came to their house for amicable resolution, but their refusal gingered the running away of the two.
The victim’s mother said, “all this while I had lost out on any hope and help in bringing these people to book but your visit has given me assurance that there is hope for me and my daughter”.
Mr Wisdom Baknuyega, the District Social Welfare Officer said psycho-social counselling had already started and the officers from now on would visit the victim twice weekly to help her in the recovery process.
The assembly presented some items together with a cash of GHC1000 to offset some of the medical bills and the assembly look for an alternative school for the victim.