A woman alleged to be a Nigerian was on Wednesday accused of selling human parts as fried meat in a popular market in Accra, Ghana. According to Adom Ghana FM, the woman raised suspicion by her strange movement at the Adabraka Market and vigilant traders were said to have dragged her to the Adabraka Police Station.
Confirming the arrest, Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, ASP Afia Tenge told the radio station yesterday that the woman is half Nigerian and half Ghanaian.
Tenge said the suspect is Florence Uju Appiah and she is 60 years old.
“Thus far, she has confessed, saying she was instructed to sell meat to make a living by her spiritual pastor.
“She said she bought her meat at Makola and was coming to sell at Adabraka market but she was new in the market. She said selling the meat was a direction from her spiritual pastor and that it was a cow meat she had bought from Makola to come and sell at the market.
“We only know its grilled meat but it is difficult for the police to determine whether it is human meat or otherwise, so we forwarded the said meat to national Crime Investigation Department, CID for forensic testing to show if it is human meat or not,” the Commander added, urging people to be calm until the result of the forensic report to determine what kind of meat comes out.
Meanwhile, during her arrest on Wednesday, an angry mob was about lynching her before police officers came to her rescue.
The woman, according to the market women, was carrying a tray with some pieces of meat, and all attempts to get her to disclose the source and type of meat she was carrying reportedly proved futile.
One of the market women told reporters that, “the lady was selling the meat and when we queried her to find out what she was selling she refused to talk.” She was cunningly moving about with the meat in a broken tray.
“We asked her the cost of the meat but she refused to answer, so what else can we think of? That was why we marched her to the police station. The meat looked like beef,” she added.
Another market woman, Effia said, “We were told that the strange meat was meant for ritual and was given to her by her pastor. If it’s for rituals, she should be sent to the person who gave her this weird meat to sell to unsuspecting consumers.
“She refused to answer and she was behaving strangely, we realized its human meat. According to some of my colleagues, she confessed that it is human meat and that her pastor gave it to her to perform some rituals.”