The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has called for the arrest of culprits that lynched a 90-year-old woman to death in Kafaba, Savannah Region after she was accused of witchcraft.
A statement dated Saturday, July 25, 2020, from the Ministry said the lynching “had shaken the very foundation of our sensibility as humans” and had demanded, “Immediate investigations and prosecution of all the perpetrators of this gruesome murder in accordance with our laws.”
“The Ministry, on behalf of the government and people of Ghana, unreservedly condemns this barbaric act…It certainly cannot be said that such antiquated mentality could still be with us in this 21st century where the world and Ghana, in particular, has made significant strides in upholding the rights and dignity of women” read the statement signed by the Minister, Cynthia Morrison.
The Ghanaians populace was stunned by a viral video of the deceased, Akua Denteh being whipped, slapped, kicked and hit in the head with a blunt object after a spiritualist accused her of witchcraft.
According to her accusers, she is the cause of the town’s underdevelopment and thus must be eliminated.
Regional Police Commander, DCOP Enoch Adutwum Bediako said immediately after the matter was reported, the Salaga Police proceeded to the scene, which is about 21 kilometres from Salaga and saw the lifeless body of the victim.
The Regional Commander said after processing the scene as part of investigations, the body was sent to the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) mortuary for preservation.
According to him, the police are on a manhunt for the culprits.