Some youth resident at the Sokoban Wood Village in Kumasi last Thursday went on the rampage and set some wooden structures suspected to be housing prostitutes ablaze over the death of a young man in the community.
The 22-year-old man, identified as Akugure Limann, was alleged to have engaged the services of a prostitute but refused to pay, leading to the women and their pimps beating him to death. Eyewitnesses told the Daily Graphic on Friday that enraged young men in the area reacted in full force, breaking down the structures and setting them ablaze.
It was alleged that Akugure, who had engaged the services of a prostitute, failed to pay her, and in an attempt to get the money, the said prostitute called for help from her pimps who engaged the him in a fight.
The alleged pimps, identified as Emeka Chuku, 47, a Nigerian, and Adomako Nyamekye, 28, a Ghanaian, were alleged to have stabbed Akugure with a pair of scissors on the left side of his chest.
It took the combined effort of the police and military to restore calm to the area as the youth were bent on burning the alleged prostitutes alive to avenge the death of their friend.
Confirming the incident to journalists, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Godwin Ahianyo, said the police had information that a body had been found at Sokoban Wood Village.
He said the Crime Scene Unit went to the scene and conveyed the body to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital but few minutes later, they were informed that the youth of the area had set some of the wooden structures alleged to be housing the sex workers on fire.
He said personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service had to be called in to put out the fire.
According to the PRO, preliminary investigations led to the arrest of Chuku and Nyamekye, the alleged pimps who were alleged to have stabbed Akugure.
He said the police also arrested one Augustine Adu, who was also alleged to have mobilised the youth to set the structures ablaze. He said investigations were ongoing to arrest the alleged sex worker at the centre of the incident.
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