Two Nigerians sentenced to death in Ghana for kidnap, murder of four children

On Friday, March 5, 2021, a Sekondi High Court in Ghana sentenced two Nigerians, Samuel Udoetuk Wills and John Orji, to death for kidnapping and murdering four Takoradi girls in 2018.

Wills and Orji were sentenced to death after a seven-member jury found them guilty of all eight charges of kidnapping and murder conspiracy.

Ruth Abakah, 19, Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21, Ruth Love Quayson, 18, and Priscilla Koranchie, all 19 years old, were kidnapped and killed by the two Nigerians (15).

According to sources, the girls were abducted between July and December 2018 in various locations, but their bones were discovered in a septic tank at the home of the lead suspect, Wills, after months of fruitless searching.

They were, in fact, the remains of the four children, according to a DNA test.

Wills and Orji were charged with conspiracy and murder after their bodies were discovered.

The presiding judge, Richard Agyei Frimpong, stated on Friday that the defendants have the right to appeal the death penalty within a 30-day period.

He went on to say that if the suspects deny the option or lose their appeal, they will join the over 160 people in Ghana who have been sentenced to death since 1993.

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