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Western Region illicit baby trade: Two more grabbed, one discharged

The National Investigative Bureau (NIB) have nabbed two more persons allegedly involved in the stealing and sale of babies at Atuabo and Half Assini in the Western Region. Komene Nda Kwakye aka John Quashie who was at large and Ayisha Barry were nabbed by NIB and arraigned.

Earlier on four persons, including a retired midwife, allegedly involved in the stealing and sale of babies at Atuabo and Half Assin in the Western Region, were nabbed by the National Investigative Bureau (NIB).

However, when accused persons were put before an Accra Circuit Court, Cynthia Quashie, a private security personnel, was discharged after the charges were amended and substituted. Cynthia Beyeden, a 63-year-old Retired Midwife/ Nurse, Sylvester Quashie, a mason, Ediemu Bozoma, a 55-year-old trader, Komene Nda Kwakye aka John Quarshie and Ayisha Barry appeared before the court today.

Beyeden is facing two counts of child stealing. The rest of the accused persons have been variously held over abetment of crime and conspiracy and hindrance to the inquest. Ayisha Barry is additionally being held over abandonment of Infant. She is said to have abandoned her new born baby at the house of Cynthia Beyeden.

They have all pleaded not guilty. The court presided over by Mrs Evelyn Asamoah admitted the five accused persons to bail in the sum of GHC150,000 each with two sureties each. The court ordered prosecution to file their disclosures by December 7 and adjourned the matter to December 14.

Mr George Asamaning, Counsel for Cynthia, prayed the court to admit his client to bail because she was not a flight risk. According to Mr Asamaning, the charges preferred on his client were bailable. He told the court that his client had been in custody for some time now and she should be admitted to bail.

Mr Yaw Dankwah, who represented three of the accused, Sylvester, Bozoma and Kwakye, said there was nowhere in the laws of Ghana indicating that accused persons should assist police in investigations.

Mr Dankwah said accused should be granted bail as the charges preferred against his clients were flimsy. He said the facts of the Police did not support the charges. Defense Counsel therefore prayed the court to admit his clients to bail since they have people to stand as sureties. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Fuseini Yakubu opposed to the grant of bail, saying officials of the NIB did not know the place of abode of the accused persons.

ASP Yakubu noted that the NIB would like to conduct a DNA test on Ayisha Barry to ascertain whether she was one of the mothers of the dead babies. 11/15/21, 8:52 AM Western Region illicit baby trade: Two more grabbed, one discharged.

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