Court remands five suspects in Kafaba lynching

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The five persons who were arrested over their alleged role in the lynching of a 90-year-old at Kafaba in the Savannah Region have been remanded for three weeks.

This was after the suspects appeared before the Bole District Magistrate Court on Thursday, July 30.

All five suspects are yet to be charged.

With the case transferred to the Regional Police headquarters, the three-week is expected to allow the handing over of dockets from the investigators at the Gonja East to the regional level.

The five suspects, who were arrested on Wednesday, were handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Savannah Regional Police Command at Damongo.

The police in the region had earlier arrested the Chief of the community, Seidu Zackaria Yahaya to assist with ongoing investigations.

Search for the prime suspects in the lynching of 90-year-old, Mariama Akua Denteh. has intensified as the police increased the initial GHC2,000 bounty to GHC7,000.

A self-styled priestess accused Madam Denteh of witchcraft, claiming she was responsible for the woes of the town.

The priestess who has been identified as Filina led the gruesome murder of the frail 90-year-old in broad daylight to a cheerful crowd.

In a video that captured the heinous act, the old woman was seen pleading with her attackers to spare her life as she denied the accusations leveled against her.

The killing of Madam Denteh has reignited calls for the collapse of witchcraft camps and the disbandment of the culture of witchcraft in Ghana.

Residents flee town

DCOP in his interaction with theghanareport.com said the entire township of Kafaba, the area where the 90-year-old was killed, has been “deserted“.

“The youth have deserted the town. They say they’re wanted by the police.”

DCOP Adutwum, however, warned that “they can run away, but they cannot hide”.

In addition, he assured that the police would do all within its power to arrest persons who lynched the 90-year-old.

 

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