MOTHER AND CHILD REUNITEED AT POLICE HQRS

Wednesday February 24, 2010 12:34 PM

There was an emotional scene at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters at the Police headquarters yesterday when a 13- year- old trafficked boy, Fatahu Awani, was reconciled with the mother, Zinabu Wadai.
The mother, who had lost contact with the son for over a year, embraced him and shed tears on seeing the boy who was handed over to her by the police.
Briefing the media, the Director General of the CID, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Frank Adu - Poku said the police had information that Fatahu had been trafficked from Burkina Faso to Aowin in the Western Region. He said personnel from the CID and the Anti Human Trafficking Unit also at the headquarters were deployed to Burkina Faso and Aowin respectively to investigate the matter.
DCOP Adu- Poku said the personnel teamed up their counterparts in Burkina Faso where their investigation revealed that Fatahu has been trafficked to Ghana. He said the police intensified their search in Aowin area and succeeded in locating a house on Saturday, February 13 where they arrested Daniel Asare Arthur and Gyan Adu- Kumfi, its two occupants. Mr. Adu-Poku said the police had intensified a search for the man (name withheld) who allegedly sold the boy to the suspects.
DCOP Adu-Poku said the police were keeping curbing human trafficking which was gradually crippling into the society, adding that armed robbery, drug, car dealings and car snatching were topping the crime list and that the police would not relent in its fight against perpetrators.
Zinabu Wadai told the media that it was Tampuri a relative who took the child to work for someone in Enchi. The member for Parliament for Aowin, Mathias Kwame Ntow, who was at the CID headquarters to witness the reunion of the child to the mother, said he was surprised at the act as his constituency was not noted for human trafficking. He said when he interrogated the suspects; they told him the man who brought the boy said because of the Bawku conflict, his family had disintegrated and the boy was rescued by a Good Samaritan.
Credit:
Francis Asamoah Tuffuor




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