The chief of Sumpini, 58-year-old Haruna Jebuni, is among five persons who have been picked up following an attack on a 60-year-old woman on suspicion of being a witch.
The other suspects have been named as Zakaria Abdul Karim, 30, Shaibu Iddrisu, 35, Attah Alhassan, 57 and 45-year-old Salugu Issahaku also known as Orulaana.
It further said the victim (name withheld) who suffered cutlass wounds is in a stable condition at a medical facility in the West Gonja District of Damongo in the Savannah Region.
The attack happened after the Bugum festival on Saturday evening when a group of men accussed her of witchcraft.
A girl who lives with the woman and her sick husband was also attacked. She told a health worker treating her that a young man on the same compound fell sick and she was accused of being behind his illness.
“Although I denied it, they pursued and attacked me with machetes,” she is heard in a video widely shared online.
There was a national uproar last month after Akua Denteh, 90, was ruthlessly whipped to death after a fetish priest accused her of witchcraft in the same region last month.
At least seven persons are facing a court over the incident while police search for seven others.
Source: Daily Mail GH