Headless body of man found at Feyiase - Suspect arrested

BY: Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor
Israel Agyei Manu — The deceased
Israel Agyei Manu — The deceased

Police in Kuntenase in the Ashanti Region have picked up a suspect in the death of a cab driver, Israel Agyei Manu, whose severed head was found metres away from his body last Sunday at Feyiase in the Bonsomtwe District in the Ashanti Region.

The police have named the suspect as Rashid Ibrahim, who has reportedly confessed to the crime.

He is said to have killed Manu who was also a headteacher of Rogel Montessori Basic School at Atonsu Kumasi.

Manu owned a Toyota Vitz vehicle with registration number GE 3170-21, which he used on part-time basis as a Bolt driver.

Confession

The police said the suspect initially gave an "untenable alibi,’ but later confessed to committing the crime and led police to retrieve the machete which he allegedly used to behead Agyei Manu at Feyiase New Site on July 4, 2021.

The suspect is in police custody pending arraignment.

Shocking incident

The Feyiase community was last  Sunday afternoon thrown into a state of shock when a headless body of a man was found in front of an uncompleted building at Feyiase New Site.

The man, who was later identified as Israel Agyei Manu, and believed to be in his mid-30s, was said to be a teacher of a private school at Atonsu and a part-time online hailing cabbie allegedly killed by some unknown assailants who requested his services.

The incident has thrown the community into a state of fear and panic as it was the first time such an incident was being recorded in the area.

Residents suspected an act of ritual murder and not robbery.

Lying some few metres away from the body was his head, and close to it were his mobile phone and wallet.

Also, a Toyota Vitz, with registration number GE 3170-21, which he was said to be using for the cabbie services, was also found at the crime scene.

Assembly member

The Assembly member for the Feyiase Electoral Area, Mr Samuel Yaw Kwae, told the media that he received a call around 2p.m. last Sunday that a decapitated body had been found lying in front of an uncompleted building at Feyiase New Site.

He said he informed the police and together they went to the scene and found the body without the head.

Mr Kwae said the team searched the area and found the head about some 200 metres away from where the body was lying.

The head had wounds suspected to have been inflicted by machete.

Manu was said to be visiting his fiancée at Feyiase when he had a request for a trip and decided to drop passengers off.

The body of Manu has since been deposited at the morgue of St Michael Hospital at Pramso.