Two people have been arrested in Kumasi for raising an alarm that
nearly led to the lynching of a 72-year- old retired lecturer of the
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
alarm was raised by one of the suspects who claimed that the old man
had caused his penis to shrink, attracting an angry mob at the Roman
Hill area in Kumasi.
In a matter of seconds, Dr Kwaku Asaku
Gyapong, the retired lecturer, was surrounded by a mob, some wielding
sticks and stones, who started manhandling him.
What saved the
retired lecturer was the timely appearance of some policemen from the
Kumasi Zongo Police Station who shielded him from the mob.
policemen then arrested Joseph Mbah, 35, who had raised the alarm, and
Kwabena Mankore, 29, his accomplice, and whisked them to the police
station where they were immediately processed for medical examination
to ascertain the truth or otherwise of their claim.
examination, conducted by doctors at the Manhyia Government Hospital in
Kumasi, proved Mbah had a normal penis and that it had not suffered any
shrinkage as he claimed.
The Zongo District Police Commander,
ASP Joseph Magamsi, who briefed this reporter, said after the medical
examination, the two suspects apologised. Mbah then explained that he
had felt his penis shrinking after bumping into Dr Gyapong.
The police said Mbah would be provisionally charged for raising a false alarm, while Mankore would be charged for abetment.
Magamsi said the police were conducting further investigations into the
matter to ascertain the actual intention of the suspects, after which a
substantive charge would be preferred against them in court.
an account of events prior to the incident, ASP Magamsi said Dr
Gyapong, who had also lectured at the Ife University in Nigeria, had
sent his daughter to the eye centre at the Roman Cathedral in the area
for an eye check on December 3, this year.
At 4.30 p.m., Dr
Gyapong decided to go to Kejetia to attend to the call of nature
because there was no toilet facility at the Roman Cathedral where he
It was when he was descending the Roman Hill that Mbah ran into him and suddenly raised the alarm that attracted the mob.
Magamsi noted that the incidence of lynching in the Kumasi metropolis
was on the increase, the same way that robbery, stealing, pilfering and
snatching of mobile phones were increasing, a situation which he said
had often resulted in the death of many innocent people.
asked the public to desist from taking the law into their own hands to
mete out instant punishment and expressed the hope that the public
would learn from what nearly befell the retired lecturer and be
discouraged from killing people on mere suspicion.
A number of
incidents in which people have been lynched have occurred in the city
since last year, notably at Kejetia, the Roman Hill area, Adum, Asafo,
Amakom, Dichemso, Afful Nkwanta and Ash Town, all suburbs of Kumasi.
Magamsi said “not only were victims beaten to death but, in some of the
cases, some of the victims were tied to poles and burnt”.
cautioned that the law would deal ruthlessly with anybody caught
visiting such an ordeal on suspects and advised the public against such