A High Court in Ghana has sentenced two Nigerians to death for kidnapping and subsequently murdering four Ghanaian girls.
The two Nigerians sentenced to death by the Sekondi High Court in Ghana’s Western Region are Samuel Udoetuk Wills and John Oji.
They arrested in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of four girls in Takoradi.
On Friday, March 5, 2021, the High Court presided over by Justice Richard Adjei-Frimpong, a Court of Appeal Judge with additional responsibility as a High Court judge, gave the sentence after the 7-member jury found the Nigerians guilty.
They had been before the Court on eight counts of conspiracy to commit murder and murder.
However, they pleaded not guilty to all the charges but after the full trial, the 7 member jury empaneled to give its verdict in the case, found them guilty of murder and unanimously pronounced the two accused persons guilty of murder.
The Court gave them 30 days within which they are expected to appeal the sentence.
The four murdered girls are: Ruth Abakah, 19; Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21; Ruth Love Quayson,18 and Priscilla Koranchie, 15.
They were kidnapped in 2018 in Takoradi, Western Region.
For months, Ghanaian security agencies searched for the girls to no avail.
There were mixed reports about their whereabouts. Some reports had it initially that the girls had been sold to a “babies making factory’ in Eastern Nigeria.
Ghanaian security personnel collaborated with their counterparts in Togo and Nigeria in search of the girls, as their parents mounted pressure on the President Nana Akufo-Addo’s Government to ensure their safe return.
The main architect behind the kidnapping and murder, was 28-year old, Samuel Udoetuk Wills.
Udoetuk Willis was arrested in the Western region, while another suspect, John Orji was arrested at the Aflao border while trying to cross over to Togo to return to his native Nigeria.
After months of court appearances, the two Nigerians confessed to killing all four girls.
They subsequently led police to their house in Takoradi where human parts were retrieved from their septic tank.
DNA tests were carried out on the human parts and proved that the mortal remains were those of the missing Takoradi girls.
The discovery sent shockwaves across Ghana.