JHS Kid Leads Rape Gang, Police Hunts For 4 Students
A JUNIOR HIGH School (JHS) student has been identified as one of the seven boys that allegedly gang-raped a teenage girl over the weekend at Bantama in Kumasi, and uploaded the video of the purported act on social media.
The JHS boy (name withheld), has since been arrested alongside two of his accomplices, who reports say, are first year Senior High School (SHS) students.
According to a press release, signed by ASP Juliana Obeng, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), on Monday, the three were arrested from their various homes at Bantama on Saturday, barely a day after they reportedly gang-raped the girl.
The Regional Police Command also assured that they were doing everything possible to arrest the other four suspects who are currently on the run.
Confusion Over Arrests
Meanwhile, there seems to be some confusion regarding the exact day of the crime and the mode of arrests so far made.
Whilst the police insist they (police) arrested the suspects on Saturday evening, a resident is saying otherwise.
Kwabena Boateng, Unit Committee Member of the area, said he and other residents of Bantama actually arrested the boys on Friday evening.
Speaking on Nhyira FM, Boateng said contrary to police reports, the gang-rape actually took place at a house at Bantama around 3pm on Friday.
According to him, some residents informed him about the case and he immediately rushed to the scene around 8pm the same day.
The Unit Committee member said with the help of some residents of the house, he was able to arrest the boy, who reportedly masterminded the incident.
He disclosed that the boy then led them to arrest two of his accomplices that same Friday, saying: “we handed them over to the police at the Central Police Station in Kumasi”.
Anger at Bantama
In a related development, several callers into various radio stations in Kumasi expressed anger over what they described as the evil act of the rapists.
They said the incident has dented the image of Bantama and therefore called on the police to expedite action on the matter.
By: Kwadwo Essel/ thePublisher