Chainsaw operator arrested over death of man

BY: Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah

A 26-year-old chainsaw operator, Kwabena Kumah, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of a 35-year-old man, Kwaku Kyereh.

Kumah and his accomplice, Rufai Yakubu, bolted with Kyereh’s motorbike after killing him in the Koraso Forest, near Berekum.

The deceased was last seen in the company of Kumah and Yakubu on January 1, 2015 when the three went to the forest to fell a tree.

Kumah was arrested on October 26, 2015 at his hideout at Chiraa, near Sunyani.

A brother of the deceased, Kwadwo Obeng, reported the absence of Kyereh from his house since January 1, 2015, to the police.


Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Public Affairs Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Christopher Tawiah, said on January I, 2015, Kyereh went to the forest together with Kumah and Yakubu to show them a tree for their operation.

He said the three men left for the forest using the motorbike of Kyereh, with an unknown registration number.

Mr Tawiah explained that when Kumah was arrested, he allegedly confessed to the police that Yakubu shot and killed Kyereh on that fateful day in the forest, after which they abandoned the body and took away his motorbike.

He said Kumah then led a police investigation team to the crime scene in the forest where the decomposed body of Kyereh was found.

Search for Yakubu

Meanwhile, the police have mounted a search for Yakubu and appealed to the general public to assist by giving tip-off for his arrest.