Michael Kojo Acquah
A 42-year-old official of the Customs Exercise and Preventive Service (CEPS), accused of raping, defiling and sodomizing his four biological children, will be arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court today.
Michael Kojo Acquah, an administrative officer at The Revenue Collection Division, is alleged to have sexually molested his kids whose ages are between ten months, seven years, 11 and 20 years.
According to Chief Superintendent Paul Kontomah, the Accra Regional Police Crime Officer, the incident was reported last Tuesday.
He disclosed that one Titiana Kotlyarenko, Executive Director of Enslavement Alliance West Africa, came to the police station with one Emily Lawa, a Social Service Department Officer of the Ghana Police Service, to report that the accused, Acquah, had sodomized his seven-year-old son and had also sodomized, defiled and raped three of his daughters aged ten months, 11 years and 20 years respectively.
Based on this information, Chief Superintendent Kontomah claimed, the police apprehended Acquah at his matrimonial home Saturday morning at Banana Inn near Mamprobi, Accra.
He said forms were then issued to the victims for medical examination at the Police Hospital.
According to Chief Superintendent Kontomah, the police had since received the medical reports and would present them before court as evidence.
Meanwhile, the wife of the accused (name withheld), according to information gathered, told the police that that was the second time the husband, to whom she had been married for 25 years, had sexually molested his biological children.
In 2010, Acquah was said to have raped his first daughter (now 20 years of age) and the matter was reported to the Ministries Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) where he was allegedly remanded into prison custody for three months.
On May 18, 2014, while she was asleep with the children, the mother said, Acquah, who sleeps in a separate room, entered their room and took their ten-month-old baby, placed her at the edge of the bed and inserted his manhood into her mouth.
The mother was reported to have said that when she felt that her daughter was not lying by her side, she immediately woke up only to find her daughter sucking his father’s penis.
The following day, according to the wife, she reported the matter to an NGO for help since the police refused to act on the previous complaint lodged.
The seven-year-old son allegedly told the police that his father had anal sex with him early last month while he was asleep.
The boy was reported to have added that he even pulled a knife at the father the following day because he was getting fed-up with his dad’s actions.
The two girls also confirmed in their respective statements that their father had sexually abused them.
Reports issued from the Police Hospital indicated that there had been penetration in their private parts of the girls.
The reports revealed that all the girls had their hymens broken.
The boy, the medical report revealed, was also sodomized.
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By Linda Tenyah
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