Scrap dealer arrested for beheading vultures for sale

A 35-year old scrap dealer, Amuzu Mohammed, is in the grips of the Adiembra police for beheading vultures at some refuse dumps in Fijai and selling each head for GHc5.00.

The Takoradi District Police Crime Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Huseini Awinaba told the Ghana News Agency that the suspect was arrested by some youth at Fijai at about 1915 hours on Wednesday.

The Crime Officer said the suspect was a scrap dealer who resided at Kwesimintsim Lagos Town but moved from one refuse dump to another collecting scrap.

He said on Wednesday, February 1, Mohammed was seen by a refuse dump overseer holding the head of a vulture at a refuse dump at Fijai and raised the alarm.

The suspect was arrested by some youth in the town and taken to the Adiembra police station.

DSP Awinaba stated that upon interrogation, Mohammed admitted beheading the birds and selling the heads to one Nigerian woman on Sundays at Takoradi Market Circle for Ghc5.00 per head.

He, however, denied ever selling the birds to “chop bar” operators in the metropolis.

The suspect could not state what the Nigerian woman used the heads of the vultures for but claimed he had been doing that business for the past four months.

Mohammed said he had operated at refuse dumps at Fijai, Kojokrom, Essikadu, Sekondi and Mpintsin in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis and that he had beheaded eight vultures so far.

DSP Awinaba indicated that but for the timely intervention of some elderly people in the town, Mohammed would have been lynched by the irate youth who accused him of using the heads of the vultures for “juju” or ritual purposes.

DSP Awinaba said investigations would be conducted into the case and that if found culpable, Mohammed would be charged for cruelty towards animals.

In addition, if it turned out he sold the carcasses to chop bar operators, Mohammed would be charged for selling unwholesome food to the unsuspecting consuming public, the crime officer further indicated. GNA

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