Sumpini Police Arrest Five Over Attempted Witch-Murder

The Police in Sumpini in the Savannah Region have arrested five people over attempted murder after they went after a woman with machetes claiming she was a witch.

Suspects include the Dagomba Chief of Sumpini, his linguist and three others. They were picked up to assist with investigations on Saturday.

Maria Ibrahim, 50, barely escaped a butchering on Saturday when the suspects allegedly went after her with machetes because they believe she is behind the illness of someone in a compound that she also lives in.

By the time she was admitted to the West Gonja District Hospital, she had sustained injuries to her skull, her hands and legs from the machete attack which took place after the bugum festival on Saturday.

She denies being a witch.

The Chief of Sumpini, James Langa together with the Municipal Chief Executive for Gonja West, Muhazuden Saeed Jibreal have reportedly expressed shock at the primitive incident.

This attack on Ms Ibrahim is coming just weeks after the nation was shocked by the dastardly lynching of a 90 year old woman in the same region. Akua Denteh was set upon and pummeled until she fell unconscious after a supposed fetish priestess divined her as a witch.

She never came out of the unconscious and later died

The seven accused persons, including the self-styled traditional priestess, Sirina Mohammed, who perpetrated the murder, have been arraigned before the Bole Magistrate Court.

Somehow, it is only women who tend to be accused of witchcraft in Ghana, to the extent that there is a witches camp in Gambaga.

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