Villagers Lynch 90 Year Old Woman Over Witchcraft || A 90-year-old woman was lynched in Kafaba in the East Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region.
The woman was openly beaten to death by a so-called soothsayer with the support of a mob in the community last Thursday.
The body has since been taken to the Tamale Teaching Hospital for autopsy.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that the soothsayer had been brought into the community to allegedly cast out witchcraft and, after some purported rituals, labeled the 90-year-old woman as a witch.
When the poor woman was told, she refused to be a witch and pleaded to the soothsayer to spare her, but her plea fell on deaf ears.
The incident provoked indignation, forcing the security agencies to take action.
As a result of the incident, the Salaga Divisional Police Command dispatched police personnel to Kafaba to investigate the cause of the lynching of the woman.
The Security Council of the Municipality (MUSEC) also worked to find solutions to the incident.
The family of the deceased is calling for the arrest of the town chief and the perpetrators of the crime.
The family ‘s spokesman, Dominic Mahama, told reporters yesterday that her room had been broken into by community members before their mother died, and the matter had been reported to the president, but he had not done anything about it until she was eventually killed two days later.
He called on the police to expedite their investigation and prosecute the perpetrators to act as a deterrent to other community members.
A joint statement issued by development organizations such as Songtaba, ActionAid and NORSAAC calls on law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of this inhuman act.
Civil society organizations (CSOs) are sending the police an ultimatum of three days to make the arrest, as the faces of the suspects were very clear in viral videos during the “execution.”
“It is very sad that the perpetrators of this deadly act are heard to praise God, saying, ‘Allahu Akbar.’ Violence has never been, and will never be, part of Islamic education. We are worried that violence against women continues to be one of the most common forms of discrimination against women and abuses of their human rights in northern Ghana, “they said.
Mrs Laminatu Adam, Chief Executive Officer of Songtaba, who spoke to the media on behalf of the CSOs, called on the Islamic community to speak out and condemn the non-Islamic act associated with a religion known to preach peace.
“We also call on the traditional authorities who are custodians of the culture and justice system in their jurisdictions to condemn this act and to promote justice for the deceased.
“Gender-based violence can not be accepted in this 21st century, when Ghana is a signatory to many international conventions and protocols to protect the lives and dignity of all Ghanaians,” she said.