Residents of Abesim in the Bono Region are living in fear following the arrest of Richard Appiah, a popular footballer and an architect working with the Regional Lands Commission in connection to the gruesome murder of three persons and storing the human body parts in his fridge.
According to some residents who spoke with Republic Press (RP), said parents whose wards ordinarily walk long distance to school have to accompanied them to school for fear that there are other individuals the suspect was working with.
A fuel attendant at Frimps Oil in Abesim, Ms Mary Yeboah said she normally leaves the work place very late at night but ever since the news broke out about the murder of the three people, she does not border to go home but rather sleeps at the workplace and go home the following day.
Ms Yeboah said Richard Appiah is a well-known and calm person that nobody suspected him to even hurt a fowl not to talk of a human being “so everybody hear is living in fear because you would no know who is good or bad.”
Another resident, Ms Rita Amankwah, a worker at Sunyani Cocoa Board, said Abesim of late is becoming notorious of one too many of such ritual killings so everybody here is alert and cannot even trust his or her neighbour.
“I have to reschedule my time and assignment I do in Sunyani township these days so I can return home early because I don’t know who is monitoring me and for what purpose. The way Abesim is getting a bad name if my rent expired, I will not renew my rent in this town,” he stated.
Another resident and a native of Abesim, Mr Kwame Broni said just this year alone Abesim has been in the news more than three times, either a ritual murder, an attempted murder or armed robbery attacks.
“To be frank with you, I am even planning to relocate to Penkwase, a suburb of Sunyani so I can rent out my room in my father house for my peace of mind where I will not hear any news of murder,” he stated.
Abesim is noted for ritual killings
Information available to RP indicates that on February 23, 1988, Nana Twene, Kontihene of Abesim and his wife, Susana Ameyaa, together with four others at Abesim kidnapped and murdered a 38-year-old housewife, Madam Lamley Sampah in the famous Nana Twene case.
In another incident, on January 5, 2014, the Sunyani Police launched an investigation into the mysterious deaths of a 43-year-old woman, Abenaa Pomaa, and her 10-year-old daughter, class four pupil, Blessing Oppong, at Ohene-Djan, a suburb of Abesim in the Sunyani Municipality.
On June 2, 2021, this year the police arrested one Benjamin Adjei, a-23-year-old fashion designer for attempting to sacrifice his nephew for money at Abesim in the Sunyani Municipality.
Again, on Friday, August 20, 2021, police in the Bono Region arrested a 28-year-old Richard Appiah in connection to the murder of three people and further discovered body parts, a dead body in the home of the footballer.
However, the Director of Public Affairs, Ghana Police Service, Alexander Kwaku Obeng has said the police has arrested a second suspect in connection with the Abesim ritual murder but fails to disclose the name of the suspect.
Some residents who the media firm had a telephone conversation with and happen to know Richard Appiah said he owns his private car and have many friends who frequently visits his home with luxury cars.