Key suspect in lynching of 90-year-old woman to be arraigned

A key suspect in the torturing to death of 90-year-old Akua Denteh at Kafaba in the Savannah Region will be arraigned today, August 3, 2020. 

Latifah Bumaye was arrested last week at Kejewu Bator, a fishing community along the Volta lake.

The suspect was captured in a viral video repeatedly hitting the deceased 90-year-old with an object.

The deceased, Akua Denteh a fortnight ago was tortured and killed after she was accused of witchcraft.

Police in the Savannah Region earlier arrested five suspects over their roles in the murder of the older woman.

They have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and have been remanded in police custody to reappear before the court on August 20, 2020.

The Savannah Regional Police Commander, DCOP Enoch Adutwum Bediako, said investigations are still ongoing into the gruesome murder of the frail 90-year-old.

“She was arrested on Monday at Kejewu, a small community along the Volta lake. All she keeps saying is that she doesn’t know what was happening to her.

“Our investigations are still ongoing but we will put her before court today to seek remand as investigations continue. She has not been able to tell us where the priestess (another suspect) is.”

Kafaba chief granted bail

The chief of Kafaba, Zackaria Yahaya who was earlier arrested has been granted bail.

According to the police, the five other suspects in their statements said the chief had no hand in the murder of Akua Denteh.

They said the chief had asked them to send the priestess out of the township when they introduced her to him before they beat the older woman to death.

“The youth did not agree with the chief and went on to do what they did and this unfortunate thing happened… All the five said the chief didn’t agree with what they were doing and therefore he was not part of what they were doing.

“Based on that, we have to grant the chief bail pending further investigations…He spent the night there because we got the suspects the following day,” DCOP Bediako said.


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