Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan denies killing his long-time friend, and says claims of ritual involvement are “wild and absurd”
In July, Artist Castro, real name Theophilus Tagoe, strangely went missing, along with friend Janet Bandu.
They were on holidays accompanied with Gyan’s family in the Ghanaian coastal town of Ada.
Ghana’s media suggested, that due to the failure to recover the bodies of the victims, the former Sunderland hit-man and his brother Baffour Gyan, were culprits for apparent murder for ritual purpose.
Subsequently, a Journalist who asked for details on the rumors was attacked by Baffour. However the assault charges was dropped.
Due to immense pressure on the Family, Gyan, who joined United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain in 2011, was forced to hold a press conference. The Statement reads:
“What sells in the media, and what indeed sold and is still selling in the media in Ghana are wild allegations and rumours directed especially at Asamoah Gyan – ranging from the absurd – of the imputation of criminality to him in the sense that he either murdered Castro or had him kidnapped – and ending with the ludicrous – that he sacrificed him spiritually to enhance his career.”
“We have been silent while these wild allegations and rumours have been peddled in the media.
“We have been silent not because we are concealing anything or that we do not feel the need to fully state what, from our reckoning, had happened in Ada. We have been silent because we did not want to interfere with police investigations and recently the leveling of assault charges against Baffour Gyan and Samuel Anim Addo, sealed our mouths further.
“Now, we can come out openly because the police have stated their position and the assault charges against Baffour Gyan and Samuel Anim Addo have been dropped and they have been discharged. We will revisit this matter.
“In our painful silence, we have been totally dismayed by the fact that the platform was provided for the peddling of these wild and ludicrous allegations and rumours against us.
“Those to whom the platform was provided offered no evidence whatsoever to back their statements. And indeed, the allegation of spiritual sacrifice can by no stretch of the imagination be propped up.”