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Police to conduct DNA test on human remains exhumed from Adeiso shrine

Police to conduct DNA test on human remains exhumed from Adeiso shrine


The Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is to conduct deoxyribonucleic
acid (DNA) examination on the human remains found buried at a shrine at Maame Dede
near Adeiso in the Eastern Region last month.

The DNA would reveal
the sex, age and identity of the skulls, and bones and other parts of human
remains found by the police.

The Director General of
the CID, Commissioner of Police (COP) Isaac Ken Yeboah disclosed these at a
press conference in Accra yesterday to update the public on the murder of
Edward Quartey Papafio, 64, a biochemist consultant.

He said on January 17,
2020, complainant Rev Mrs Comfort Ruth Quartey Papafio reported that, her
husband Papafio left his house at Kasoa, in the Central Region, at about 7:33 a.m.
after receiving a phone call and had since not returned.

The CID boss said on
receipt of the complaint, police intelligence revealed that the victim was last
spotted at Adeiso, near Nsawam, in the Eastern Region.

COP Yeboah said  during investigations on April 21, the police
arrested suspects Christian Gamale Lawoe,36, also known as Power, and Famous
Adukonu,37, alias Scorpion, both fetish priests, and retrieved two pump action guns,
single barrel gun tighter with eleven packets full of cartridges from Christian
Lawoe’s room.

He said on April 29, 2020,
both suspects admitted having interacted with the missing person Papafio for
some time, but  he was later shot and
killed on Janaury 15, at their shrine.

COP Yeboah said the suspects
told the police the corpse of the deceased was buried at a spot within the
shrine, and led the police to the scene, adding that the area was secured for
exhumation order to be granted by the court.

“On April 30, 2020, the
police including a pathologist, personnel from crime scene management unit of
the police, forensic scientists, laboratory experts, drone and personnel from
CID operation unit went to Maame Dede and executed the exhumation order,” he
added.

COP Yeboah said on
arrival, the two suspects led the police to the scene behind the house, which
has been walled with a small entrance but no exit, where the graves of the
deceased and one other were spotted, “and the pathologist retrieved decomposed
bodies, which the suspects identified as Papafio and Kwasi Zormelo, a Togolese.”

The CID chief said the team
later exhumed human parts, such as hair with beads attached, suspected to be of
a woman, and other bones from a third grave.

“A decomposed human
flesh with bones wrapped in a cloth buried among the bodies was also retrieved
from the scene,” he added.

He said the team also retrieved,
a gallon of liquid substance suspected to have been siphoned from Papafio and
Zormelo (which suspect Lawoe confirmed), human skull together with bones
believed to be that of another corpse hidden under idols in the house.

COP Yeboah said
investigations revealed in December that, the two conspired and murdered Papafio,
adding that the suspects lured the deceased to their shrine, and succeeded in
collecting GH¢10,000 from him under the pretext of fortifying the deceased spiritually
to make his company flourish.

He said they later took
possession of the deceased items, including Nokia mobile phone, which were
given to Charity Dakudzi, Lawoe’s third wife at Mensah Ba, near Oyibi; Lawoe
later led the police to retrieve them.

COP Yeboah said the two
murdered Zormelo in February 2020, when the deceased demanded money the suspect
owed him.

He said the bodies and human remains have since been sent to the Police Hospital in Accra for autopsy and DNA examination.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI