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Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 22 April 2017


Justice for Akwamufie murder victims delaying – Group

A group calling itself Concerned Diasporans is accusing the Attorney General’s department and the American Embassy of dragging its feet in seeking justice in the case of the two African-Americans who were murdered at Akwamufie near Akosombo in the Eastern region.

The two – Nzinga Janna, 69, and Mame Lena Diop, 75, were killed at their home and buried in a nearby bush at Akwamufie on May 5, 2016.

The murder was discovered after their neighbours who had not seen them the following day got alarmed.

When their rooms were broken into, a blood-stained club was found lying on the floor of Jaana’s room as well as a rubber bag also covered with blood stains and stashed in a dustbin. A report was made to the police and their bodies were discovered in a shallow grave near a farm within the community.

Six suspects were arrested in connection with the case including a driver, Yaw Anokye Frimpong, who later confessed that he single-handedly committed the offence and is currently facing trial.

The group holds the view that the American Embassy and the Attorney General’s Department are indifferent about the case although the culprit had owned up.

It is therefore calling on the government to expedite action on the matter as “justice delayed is justice denied”. The spokesperson of the group Imahkus Njinga Okofu Ababio claimed the family is yet to have access to the autopsy report.

She accused the American Embassy of discriminating against them as a result of their black complexion.

There is no official reaction from the US Embassy and Ghana’s Attorney General’s Department yet.