SAMUEL KWAPONG Darko, a visually impaired
person, who is the owner of the Eye Of the Lord Day Care Centre located at
Dzatsui-Newton near Nsawam in the Eastern Region, has been arrested together
with his wife and three staff members for allegedly conspiring and selling 18
months old twins for GH¢30,000 to a certain businessman.
The suspects were grabbed when the mother of
the twins, Alfie Adjoa, aged 30, went to the Nsawam Police Station to file a
complaint against them for allegedly selling her kids last month.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that the suspects,
who were later granted bail, have not been prosecuted, and this has raised
concerns as to why the police have not investigated the matter to get information
about the whereabouts of the kids.
Ebenezer Ofori, Assemblyman for Kraboa
Electoral Area in the Ayensuano District, who confirmed the incident to DAILY
GUIDE, explained that the mother of the twins, a single parent, met Samuel
Kwapong Darko who pretended to assist her to take care of her babies.
According to him, the single mother who lived
with her mother at Afanso agreed and sent the children to an orphanage.
He said the owner of the orphanage invited the
lactating mother to his home one day. When she arrived there, they offered her GH¢10,000
in exchange for the babies after waiting for an hour in a room.
Ebenezer Ofori noted that she asked them why
they gave her such a huge amount of money but they told her it was for
assistance they pledged to give to her.
He continued that the woman then asked them to
give her GH¢200 for something urgent so she would get back
to them later.
She went straight to the Nsawam Police Station
and filed a report, and reported the case to the assemblyman afterwards.
DAILY GUIDE source confirmed that the police
then proceeded to arrest the owner of the orphanage and his accomplices.
After the arrest, the suspects were said to
have mentioned the one whom they sold the twins to, who was also invited by the
police but he failed to show up and rather sent the twins back to the police to
give them to their mother.
The suspects were then granted bail and that
has been the end of the case, which has left tongues wagging.
The Nsawam Police Commander, Supt Mariam Owusu,
when contacted at the time of filing this report, told DAILY GUIDE that she was
not aware of the incident.
She quickly told the reporter to call her on
Monday morning for verification.
The Eye of the Lord Orphanage was in 2015 shut
down by the Regional Department of Social Welfare after an order given by the
Koforidua Circuit Court for operating an orphanage without legal backing.
The Regional Head for Child Right Promotion and
Protection at the Department of Social Welfare, Sarah Kwao, said the centre was
only licensed to operate a daycare centre and not an orphanage.
Some personnel of the Social Warfare Unit,
during their visit to the site, observed that the owner of the orphanage
operated the home without permission, adding that most of the children admitted
to the orphanage were not orphans.
Meanwhile, residents of the community who are not happy with the development are calling on the government to take legal action against him.
FROM Daniel Bampoe