Takoradi: Mob action in court; kidnap suspect beaten

mob action in court
Police trying to whisk suspect Samuel Udoetuk Wills away

Suspect in the kidnapping of three girls in the Western region has been assaulted in court.

Samuel Udoetuk Wills was harassed and beaten inside the Takoradi Magistrate court and even more, while exiting the court. In an attempt to free himself from the angry residents, he abandoned his sandals in the court room.

Samuel Udoetuk Wills

The bare-footed suspect entered the police vehicle panicky and fearful, Joy News’ Western Regional correspondent, Inna-Thali Quansah, reported Monday.

This is the fifth court hearing into the protracted saga of the three missing girls whose kidnapping was allegedly masterminded by the Nigerian, Samuel Udoetuk Wills.

The court room was full as residents flocked to the story-building housing the court.  A room that could hold not more than 60 was packed, others stood along the staircase and around the court building.

The tension was palpable, the reporter said. Before the presiding Magistrate His Lordship, Michael Ampadu would appear to start proceedings, Udoetuk was attacked.

Mother of Ruth Quayeson, whose daughter went missing on December 4, 2018, rushed to confront the suspect, hurling insults and demanding her ward.

This was the first time Ruth’s mother appeared in court since proceedings began.

Father of Priscilla Bentum who went missing on August 12, 2018 followed up behind the suspect and knocked him on the head.

According to the reporter, the suspect looked calm, hanged his head before proceedings and spotted a reddish left eye.

The court heard, Samuel Udoetuk Wills led the police to arrest a suspect named Koda in the Eastern region.

According to Udoetuk Wills, this suspect is key to finding Kwesi, another suspect which the Magistrate, during the last sitting on February 18, had asked the police to produce in court.

The court adjourned to April 4, to continue the attention-grabbing trial of kidnapping that has shaken the nation.

Samuel Udoetuk Wills

But how to leave the courtroom was a “very serious” challenge to the police, Inna-Thalia Quansah observed.

The suspect was heckled, his shirt pulled, he was jostled, slapped over his body and dodged others as police protection around him struggled to keep him safe.

At the height of the beatings, a police officer drew his pistol at the belligerent throng and threatened to shoot.

“Shoot, shoot I am ready to die”, one defiant man dared the frightened police officer.

Samuel Udoetuk Wills

Credit: myjoyonline.com

Publish on Apt

Do you have any Social, informational, educational or entertaining stuff that should be featured on www.aptnewsghana.com?

Please submit your stories, pictures, and videos to us via WhatsApp: +233548388489 or click on the icon on your screen. Alternatively, email us: aptnewsghana@gmail.com

RSS APO Group – Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa

  • African trade finance sees $5 bn in portfolio outflows in Q1 2020 due to Covid-19, but opportunities exist - report April 22, 2021
    Download logoConstrained global financial conditions caused by Covid-19 have led to massive portfolio outflows from Africa, exceeding $5 billion in the first quarter of 2020, a new continent-wide survey on trade finance has shown. About $3.1 billion left the South African market alone, the report found. Launched on 15 April 2021, the African Trade Finance […]
  • Egypt's largest solar plant, Kom Ombo, receives US$ 114 million financing package April 22, 2021
    Download logoThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) (www.EBRD.com), the OPEC Fund for International Development (the OPEC Fund) (www.OPECFund.org), the African Development Bank (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) (www.GreenClimate.fund) and Arab Bank today signed a US$ 114 million financing package with ACWA Power for the construction of the largest private solar plant in […]
  • Coronavirus - Nigeria: COVID-19 update (21 April 2021) April 22, 2021
    65 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria; Lagos-41 Kaduna-6 Kano-3 Rivers-3 Plateau-3 Akwa Ibom-2 Imo-2 Oyo-2 Edo-1 Bauchi-1 Osun-1 164,488 confirmed 154,441 discharged 2,061 deathsDistributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Eritrea: Announcement from the Ministry of Health (21 April 2021) April 22, 2021
    Sixteen patients have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in tests carried out today at Quarantine Centers in the Central, Gash Barka, and Southern Regions. Out of these, eight patients are from Quarantine Centers in Asmara, Central Region.  Seven other patients are from Quarantine Centers in Adibara (5), Ghirmaika (1) and Ali-Ghidir (1), Gash Barka Region.  […]
  • Coronavirus - Malawi: COVID-19 update (21 April 2021) April 22, 2021
    New cases: 7 Cumulative confirmed cases: 33,975 Active cases: 842 Total recovered: 31,852 (42 new) Currently admitted in treatment units: 12 (1 new) New discharges from treatment units: 1 Total tests conducted: 228,399 (443 new) Total deaths: 1,142 (0 new) Total vaccinated to date: 263,931 (3,317 new)Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of […]
  • Coronavirus - Gambia: COVID-19 update (21 April 2021) April 22, 2021
    Active cases: 361 New cases: 4 New tests: 105 Total confirmed: 5,788 Recovered: 5,248 (+23) Deaths: 171 (+1) Vaccinated: 19,634Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, The Gambia.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Zambia: COVID-19 update (21 April 2021) April 22, 2021
    COVID-19 update - 21st Apr,2021: we report 77 new cases out of 5,263 tests (1% positivity), 56 recoveries & 2 new deaths (MTSRIP).Total 4,611 Covid Vaccine doses administered.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI).Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (21 April 2021) April 22, 2021
    Daily: Laboratory test: 6,855 Severe cases: 1,059 New recovered: 1,997 New deaths: 35 New cases: 1,329 Total: Laboratory test: 2,521,604 Active cases: 59,076 Total recovered: 183,932 Total deaths: 3,474 Total cases: 246,484Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Ethiopia.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Namibia: COVID-19 update (21 April 2021) April 22, 2021
    Download logoNewly confirmed cases: 79 Recoveries: 86 Active cases: 1295 Deaths: 1Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health and Social Services, Namibia.
  • Coronavirus - South Africa: COVID-19 update (21 April 2021) April 22, 2021
    Tests conducted: 10,413,180 Positive cases identified: 1,569,935 Total recoveries: 1,495,864 Total deaths: 53,940 New cases: 1,569Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa, Department of Health.Media filesDownload logo
About Editor 614 Articles
Joe Bright Nyarko Journalist/Communication Researcher. Environment & Sustainability Advocate. Managing Editor of aptnewsghana.com, a non-profit news portal with bias towards environment and sustainability issues, rural development policies and gender & inequality.