According to the Metro, Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has denied playing any part in the killing of rapper Castro, who is presumed dead after a jet-ski accident gone wrong in southern Ghana.
The accident occurred back on July 6th in the town of Ada where Gyan had flipped the bill for a vacation for he and 16 friends.
The details are minimal but in short, Castro and his girlfriend Janet Bandu went off on a jet ski ride and failed to return. The group thereafter carried out a search for the couple when they spotted an unmanned jet ski and informed the police.
With authorities in Ghana still unable to locate the bodies more than two months later, rumors have now emerged that Castro’s corpse was used for a black magic ritual for financial gain or, as Gyan’s lawyer Kissi Agyabeng explains, a sacrifice to spiritually enhance his career:
“When it became apparent that Castro and Janet had disappeared, an article appeared online which appeared to commiserate with Asamoah Gyan citing the recent loss of his mother and now the loss of his best friend.
“One would have thought that this would have been a point of reference to console the Gyans – and indeed, a good number of well-meaning persons expressed this sentiment and sought to encourage us to stand firm.
“To the thousands of individuals and institutions that came to our aid and to offer support, we express our gratitude.
“Sadly, the expression of empathy during a person’s moment of grief and utter dismay does not sell in the media.
“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 had no hand in that occurrence. We have no moral or legal culpability whatsoever.
“None of us rode out into the open estuary with Castro and Janet Bandu.
“Castro rode out there on his own volition and none of us have the slightest idea as to what happened to them.
“We have only been guess working and conjecturing and making what appears to us to be intelligent deductions – in light of the facts available to us, especially the fact that when they rode out on the jet ski Janet Bandu was not wearing a life jacket.
“We know Castro all too well. He was our brother. We loved him as one of our own. We did everything together with him.
“You are all witnesses to the hit songs Castro has been featuring Asamoah Gyan on and the added popularity that gave him.
“Indeed, the duo were just about to release another song. We will never do anything to harm him.
“We are in unimaginable pain and shock and we will give anything to Castro and Janet back.”
To read a complete copy of Mr. Agyabeng’s statement, click here. The 28-year-old Gyan, who featured for Sunderland in 2010/11, currently plays for UAE side Al-Ain.