View Full Version : Where is Kwabena Agyei-Henaku? •Disappearance Of A Boy After Pick Up From School

24th March 2011, 03:10 PM
A routine pick up of a two-and-a-half year old boy from school on March 4, 2011 turned agonising that day for a family at Adentan in Accra.

The boy, little affable Kwabena Agyei-Henaku was dropped off at school by his family’s private taxi driver. At 3.00 p.m. that same day, the driver reported at the school as he did every day and picked up the child for home. That had been part of his daily duties for the past nine months that he had been driving the family’s taxi.

The boy was never dropped off at home and he has not been seen since, for almost three weeks now.

The taxi driver’s routine schedule for dropping little Kwabena at his French school at West Airport and picking him up for home over the last nine months has been without problems until that fateful Friday, March 4. So what must have happened to Kwabena? That is the mystery the Police CID is trying to unravel.

The family’s taxi driver disappeared on that ominous day and managed to switch off his two mobile phones. A monitoring party later traced him the following day at 4.30a.m. in traffic driving the taxi. He was seen heading towards Accra from the Adentan Barrier. When the monitoring team caught up with him, he signalled them to follow him to the Airport Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) where he went to report himself to the Police.

Upon questioning, he said that there was an accident and the boy was dead. He however changed his mind and said he killed the little boy. He was escorted to the Adentan Police Station where on interrogation he stated that he had killed the boy and had thrown the body into a nearby bush at Akwapim.

Subsequent to that, a team of police personnel together with the taxi driver went to the scene where they retrieved a lunch box, a school bag, a cup, broken spoon, empty covered tin of Cerelac Maize, dirty pampers wrapped in a black polythene bag and some adult clothes belonging to the taxi driver.

A thorough search of the area near Larteh Akwapim for Kwabena’s body has proved futile. According to the police, so far there had been four search parties involving the police and some volunteers from the community in Larteh Akwapim where the taxi driver claimed he dumped the body.

Little Kwabena Adjei-Henaku’s arcane disappearance after being picked up from school beats all imagination and leaves very sour taste in the mouth of almost every one who hears of the incident. There are many more families who, on daily basis, have entrusted the care of their babies, toddlers and young children in the “safe” hands of their live-ins, hired staff and other “strangers”. These people have taken over the care of the children as parents chase bread and butter.

These “strange” people in our homes are playing different roles in the growing up processes of our children. In the morning, parents are in a hurry to rush out because they want to beat the traffic. And so from 6a.m. sometimes till 6a.m. the following day, these children do not spend any quality time with their parents.

I do my early morning walks around a two kilometre stretch in an area where there are six big schools, from Montessori through to kindergarten, primary, JHS and SHS. It is a pity to see very young children being dropped off so early in the morning, some eating in the car, some buying and eating their breakfast by the road side while some are completely sound asleep in the cars that are dropping them off.

But one cannot blame parents. The vicissitudes of our world today demands that one must be on the move all the time for time and money waits for no man.

To many parents who ask taxi drivers to drop off or pick up their children to and from school, the story of little Kwabena must chill them to the bone and perhaps prompt them, at least for now, as they take measures to ensure that what has happened to little Kwabena does not happen to their little ones.

I picked up the story of the mysterious disappearance of the two-and-a-half year old from a news item on television last Wednesday. On Thursday, I followed it up with a visit to the Police Headquarters to find out a bit more about the unfortunate incident. In an interview with the former Director of the Police Public Relations Department, Mr Kwesi Ofori at his office, I sought to know how, from the Police point of view, Kwabena Adjei-Henaku’s unfortunate disappearance would not happen again or what advice or caution they would like to give to parents.

According to Mr Kwesi Ofori, parents who hired drivers either for commercial or private purposes should always try and do a bit of a search on their backgrounds before they engaged their services. It even becomes imperative where these drivers are going to specifically handle children.

He stressed that people could even ask the police to do background checks on people that parents intended to hire for the house so that any information they presented about themselves could be verified by the Police.

For this particular incident at hand, Mr Kwesi Ofori said that the leadership of the Police CID were doing everything to unravel the disappearance of the little boy. He appealed to any member of the public who has information about the missing two and a half year old school boy who speaks Twi, English and French to come forward with information.

The police, he said can be reached on MTN or Vodafone short code: 18555 or on a land line with number 0302 773695. By the way, these numbers will also come in handy for anyone who may need to reach the Police in an emergency.

Kidnapping of children or their strange disappearances are not as rampant in our part of the world and perhaps that is why parents and even the community do not seem to worry too much about children who drift off and wander on their own. In other places, parents who leave their young children to roam about could be prosecuted for child neglect.

Yet in our community, the practice is a daily occurrence. I was at the Agbobloshie market the other day and I was surprised to see the number of very small children who should have been in the classroom roaming about.

As busy as the market is with truck pushers, vehicles despatching or packing goods, and human traffic pushing each other here and there, these children are left to roam.

On our streets, we find young children crossing busy roads on their own, unattended. Drivers do not stop for them and nobody cautions them not to be there on the streets. We tend to leave our children to fend for themselves. We have stopped being each other’s keeper as adults and have extended it to the children too. Our open markets are full of such child drifters. We watch on unconcerned.

In the face of child disappearance, we probably need to be more anxious about children who walk about unattended and who sometimes look clearly lost. For every child walking unattended in the community and to whom we turn a blind eye, we are only sending such a child into the dangerous hands of child abusers.

We can help rid our world of cruelty against children if we can open our eyes to spot the unusual and suspicious scenes involving children and rather report to the Police for assistance.

Kwabena Adjei-Henaku has been plucked too early in his life. His parents have been robbed of an affable son who could have become a Foreign Minister in his time. We all have to be vigilant as to who we welcome to our homes as private “staff”.

Let us use the expertise of our Police to help us live a life free from insane and wicked individuals. I join the family with fingers tightly crossed and praying that Kwabena will walk through the door one day, unscathed, running to hug the mother and saying, “Voila, Mama C’est moi Kuuku” (his pet name).

Source: Vicky Wireko/Daily Graphic vickywirekoandoh@yahoo.com

Fashion Yaa
24th March 2011, 03:23 PM
this is so sad. the points about background checks is good real good