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Ghanaian press focuses on remand of six suspected teenage murders

The press in Accra on Wednesday focuses on the remand in police custody of six teenagers for allegedly beating a headmaster to death at Asiakwa in the Eastern Region.The Ghanaian Times reports that the suspects, Richard Amaning, 18; Emmanuel Mireku, 18; Philip Okodie, 18; Paul Boadu, 19; Ezekiel Boadu, 19; and Evans Aboagye, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder when they were arraigned before the Kibi Magistrate Court.

They were not called to plead but were remanded in police custody by the court presided over by Ms. Alice Efua Yirenkyi, to allow the police to conduct further investigations into the circumstance that led to the death of the headmaster of the Salvation Army Basic School last week, after he was allegedly beaten by the suspects.

The newspaper said before they were remanded, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Margaret Konto, explained to the court that further investigations had revealed that the ages of the suspects were contrary to what the police had and requested that they be remanded to allow the police time to do a thorough investigation into their ages.

The newspaper also reported that counsel for the accused persons, Mr. Peter Nimo, contended that the accused persons were all under 18 years, and were not supposed to have been sent to court to stand trial as adults.

The Daily Graphic, for its part, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the people of the newly created Oti Region that work on a 54-kilometer road spanning from Jasikan to Dodo Papase in the region will start in July this year.

President Akufo-Addo said at the durbar of chiefs and people as part of his tour to the region, that the project, which is funded by the Government of Ghana and Sino-Hydro, was estimated to cost $2 billion.

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