Felix Aposonge Ayelazoya
Felix Aposonge Ayelazoya

Man chops off fingers of nephew, 11, for stealing GH¢20

Residents of Zorkor Gambolga in the Bongo District in the Upper East Region were thrown into a state of shock when a man severed the middle and the ring fingers of his 11-year-old nephew for allegedly stealing his GH¢20.

The suspect, Felix Aposonge Ayelazoya, put the victim's fingers on a wooden panel and used a machete to cut the two fingers off.

The boy’s loud incessant cries drew the attention of some residents of the area to the barbaric act.


The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Upper East Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr David Fianko-Okyere, who made this known to the Daily Graphic in Bolgatanga last Thursday, said the suspect had subsequently been remanded in prison custody by the Bongo Magistrate Court to reappear on July 10, 2020.

According to him, the suspect had been charged with using offensive weapon, contrary to Section 70 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), and causing harm.


Mr Fianko-Okyere said about 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8, this year, the Unit Committee Chairman, Mr Atanga William, together with the suspect and the victim (name withheld), lodged the complaint at the Bongo Police Station.

According to Mr Fianko-Okyere, the suspect, about 12:30 p.m. on that same day, had accused his nephew (the victim), who had been staying with him since he was four years old, that he had stolen his GH¢20, but the boy denied taking the money.

That, he said, infuriated the suspect, compelling him to chop off the two fingers of the boy, which left him bleeding profusely.

According to the regional police PRO, the police were preparing to send the docket to the Attorney-General’s Department.

He said the boy was given a medical form to go for treatment at the Bongo District Hospital and also asked to stay with a different family member.

Mr Fianko-Okyere advised the public to desist from taking actions that would ruin the future and the survival of children, saying the police would do everything in their power to protect children.

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