The 2020 Vice-Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has intimated that the murder of the 10-year-old Ishmael Mensah is a wake-up call for the country to assess its morality and principles.

According to her, the devastating crime committed by two teenagers in search of quick money poses a serious question about the country’s future.

“This despicable episode demands national soul searching and an honest enquiry into the direction of our country,” she said.

The two suspects, Felix Nyarko, 16 and Nicholas Kini, 18, who are currently in police custody are alleged to have murdered Ishmael with the intention of using his body parts for rituals.

On the back of this, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang called on government to speed up with investigations thus serving justice to the bereaved family.

Whiles sympathising with the family, she indicated that the heinous crime committed by the duo is an unbearable one, thus prayed for Allah’s strength for the family.

“Even as a mother and grandmother, I do not pretend to fully comprehend what my fellow mother is going through at this moment save to offer prayers and words of sincere sympathy.

“May Allah grant solace and strength to the bereaved family particularly in this holy month of Ramadan,” she added.

During the visit to the family members of the deceased on Tuesday, the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) together with some members of the NDC also presented an amount of GH¢ 10,000 on behalf of the former Presidential candidate John Mahama.

“On behalf of Former President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC, we made a token donation of GHS10,000.00 to the family.”

Meanwhile, the spiritualist who promised the duo riches in exchange for the body parts have also been apprehended.

Also the remains of Ishmael Mensah has been laid to rest.