Arrest This Man (Page 3)

THE chiefs and elders of Teiman, near Madina in Accra, have urged teachers of the local St James Anglican Basic School to collaborate with the elders and the Madina Police to apprehend the man who is alleged to have defiled and impregnated his 14-year-old foster child.

David Otibu, 50, who is a resident of the area, is alleged to have defiled the girl, a pupil of the Teiman St James Basic School.

The victim was said to have complained of illness when she reported at school on February 12, 2010 and was sent to the Pantang Hospital, where she was examined and declared pregnant, after which she mentioned her foster father, Otibu, as being responsible for the pregnancy.

According to the Crime Officer of the Madina Divisional Police, Chief Superintendent Beatrice Amoako, the suspect had since been on the run, saying efforts were being made to get his photograph for publication.

The elders of the town are enraged by the development and have called on all involved to help get to the bottom of the matter.

Speaking on behalf of the elders, the Teiman Mantse, Nii Manle Dzahaa, told the Daily Graphic that it was unfortunate that some teachers of the school had interpreted the interest of the elders in the case as intimidation against them.

He said some of the teachers had even gone to some media houses to report that the chiefs had forced teachers of the basic school out of the classrooms and were preventing them from carrying out their duties.

He described such reports as “worrying” and designed to frustrate all efforts at dealing with “this serious crime in our community”.

He indicated that he had discussed the issue with the assistant headmaster of the school, one Mr Zikpi, with whom he had arranged a meeting between the elders of the community and the educational authorities on how to deal with the matter.

He, however, expressed regret that “at the scheduled time the educational authorities failed to turn up for the meeting”.

Nii Dzahaa said two hours after the scheduled time, he received a call from a circuit supervisor of the Ghana Education Service (GES), one Mr Addai, that he (Mr Addai) was on the premises of the school and that the teachers were outside their classrooms, alleging that they had been forced out of the classrooms.

“I quickly asked him to inform them to go back to the classrooms because I was not aware of any such action,” he said.

He said after that, a teacher of the school, Ms Gifty Nortey, rushed to an Accra-based radio station and alleged that the teachers had been intimidated out of their classrooms.

Nii Dzahaa described the teacher’s action “and false allegations” as diversionary from the defilement case on hand and called on the Anglican Education Unit to help resolve the impasse, adding that “the behaviour of Gifty Nortey has created discord between the school, on one side, and the chief, the council of elders and the community, on the other.

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