The Ghana Architect Association has debunked claims that the suspect arrested over the murder of some children at Abesim in Sunyani in the Bono Region is a member of the association.
This comes on the back of a police statement describing the suspect as an architect.
The suspect, Richard Appiah was arrested on Friday, August 20, 2021 for allegedly killing a 12-year-old, a 15-year-old and a yet to be identified young man.
The bodies found in his house in Alaska, near Abesim revealed that he has allegedly chopped parts of the bodies and kept them in a fridge.
Reacting to the claim, a press release issued by the association and signed by the Honorary Secretary, Augustus Richardson indicated that such claims is false and that the suspect is not an architect neither is he a member of the association.
“The Ghana Institute of Architects would like to categorically state that Richard Appiah is NOT an Architect. The ARCHITECTS ACT 1969 (N.L.C.D 357), Section 10, qualifications, states: “10. Qualifications: Subject to section 11, a person is registered as an Architect on payment of the prescribed fee if that person is a member of the Institute.”
It added that an architect is also a person who has passed the qualifying examinations in the courses prescribed or approved by the Board under the Act and completes practical training of the description and for the period prescribed by the Board.
“[An Architect] is a person who was a member of the Ghana Institute of Architects immediately before the commencement of this Act. In accordance with the laws of Ghana governing Architects and architecture, Richard Appiah DOES NOT satisfy any of the above provisions of the ARCHITECTS ACT, 1969 (N.L.C.D 357).”
The Ghana Institute of Architects stated that as such, Richard Appiah cannot call himself an architect neither can he be referred to as one.
Find below the press release