Five picked up over lynching of 90-year-old ‘witch’


Five suspects have reportedly been arrested in connection with the lynching of Akua Denteh, a 90-year-old woman, who was accused of being a witch at Kafaba in the Savannah Region.

The arrests were made by a special team of police personnel dispatched from Accra, though other media reports suggest they turned themselves in.

The suspects have since been handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Savannah Regional Police Command at Damongo.

The five are expected to be arraigned within the week.

Son of Denteh, Dominic Mahama is happy about the latest arrest. He maintains the family will continue to push for justice for their departed mother.

“Five people have been arrested so far. We thank them [the police] so much. Maybe through them, we can get the actual culprits who did that,” he said in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM.

The Savannah Regional Police Command had earlier arrested the Chief of Kafaba, Zackaria Yahaya, over the lynching.

The main suspects include a traditional priestess and two others.

The police put up a bounty of ¢2,000 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.

High profile personalities including president Akufo-Addo and John Mahama have condemned the act.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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