Residents of Azizanya and Kewunor fishing communities near Ada-Foah in the Greater Accra region where Theophilus Tagoe, popularly known as Castro in the entertainment industry, and Janet Bandu, his purported girlfriend, were believed to have gotten drowned at the Volta estuary, are not happy about their exclusion in the search party.
According to them, as local people who have lived in those communities for many years – with a wealth of experience regarding how to rescue drowning people or retrieve the bodies of drowned individuals – they should have been included in the Castro-Janet search team.
Nene Chani Gaduga, Chief Fisherman of Azizanya community, told DAILY GUIDE that there was the need for the search to be extended to the high seas and other coastal areas in other communities.
He was of the view that ‘using the marine police who have been cruising on the Volta Lake with their boats on top speed – all in the name of searching for drowned persons alone – will not yield any positive results.’
According to him, ‘The marine police are only roaming on the lake around the estuary without going to the high seas.’
Nene Gaduga intoned that as local people, they had witnessed how people got drowned on the Volta Lake and the high seas and their bodies were retrieved by them (locals) using what he termed ‘due process.’
Touching on the due process, he stressed the need to perform some spirituals to plead to the gods to cooperate in the search for the lost ones.
According to him, the ‘due process’ been used for several years and had yielded positive results without the marine police or any other groups.
Quizzed further about the need to get in touch with the traditional leaders in the exercise, he disclosed, ‘Some persons including the police, came to consult and inform us about what had transpired and we taught them how to go about it. They only told us they would get back to us and since then we have not heard from them and yet the persons have still not been found.’
He called on the authorities to support them with premix fuel to power their outboard motors as well as
feeding fee to enable them embark on the search exercise.
From Vincent Kubi, Azizanya
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