Ivorian president slams tougher sanctions against child abductors

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, has threatened to take tougher sanctions against the perpetrators of child abductions and killings.

Addressing his compatriots, Ouattara said: "I strongly condemn those horrible crimes perpetrated against defenseless children. The ongoing investigations led to the arrest of those involved in the different cases of abductions and killings. All suspects will be taken court and the if found guilty will be punished severely in accordance with the law."

Ouattara announced the deployment in large number of the defence and security forces to protect the frightened populations.

"‘We are determined to fight against those unacceptable practices. All human and material means will be deployed to stop those horrible events in a bid to prevent this from occurring again. There must be no more case of Bouba in Côte d'Ivoire," said the Ivorian president who added that "the law will be applied."

On 24 February, the body of four-year-old Aboubacar Sidick Traoré, alias Bouba, was discovered with his throat slit. This caused a huge uproar across the country.

The alleged perpetrator of the killing, Etienne Sagno, confessed that he used the boy for ritual purposes to enable him get rich.

On 3 March, on the initiative of cyber-activists, a protest march was held at the scene of the crime to demand justice.

According to an evaluation made Wednesday by the Ivorian government, since the beginning of this year, eight cases of child abduction or missing report, with three of them dead, have been reported by the security services.

In some other cases, the children were found and returned to their families.

However, one abducted child in Bouna is yet to be found.
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08 march 2018 14:28:51

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