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Police struggle to arrest youth who burnt house of 68-year-old woman

The Yendi Divisional Police Command in the Nothern Region says attempts to arrest 11 persons, believed to have been involved in the destruction of the property of a 68-year-old woman they accused of witchcraft, have been unsuccessful.

According to the police, the suspects got wind of the police’s intentions and bolted.

Divisional Commander for the Yendi police, Chief Superintendent Richardson Kumeko, told Citi News his outfit was collaborating with the chief of Nakpali, Kurli Lana to apprehend the suspects by Thursday.

“Since the incident was reported to the police. We have made attempts to arrest the suspects. There was a communication to the suspects, but it was withdrawn for another strategy. We have now written to the chiefs to use the names they have given to us, to get the suspects.”

“So far, we have got 11 names. We are praying that [the chiefs] are able to bring them, and then we begin from there,” he added.

Some irate youth of Nakpali in the Zabzugu District of the Northern Region on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, destroyed the property of a 68-year-old woman they accused of being a witch.

The youth also torched the house of Amina Mahama, whom they accused of causing a baobab tree to fall and kill a young man in the town.

Reports indicated that some youth were sleeping under a Baobab tree in the town because the weather was warm.

At about 9 pm, the baobab tree allegedly fell on them, killing one person instantly and injuring two others.

According to the youth, there was no wind, or any sign of rain, before the incident occurred.

They thus accused the woman, whose house was just a few meters away, of being behind the incident.

The youth besieged her premises but luckily, she was not at home when they got there.

They however burnt down the whole house and her other possessions.

“The lady was behind the incident. We’ve suspected her of being a witch for a long time. This one, there was no wind, no sign of rain, and all of a sudden the tree fell,” one of the angry youth said.

Police in Zabzugu had to intervene to stop further destruction of Amina’s belongings.

This incident comes months after the lynching of a 90-year-old woman, Akua Denteh, at Kafaba in the Savannah Region in August 2020.

Akua Denteh was lynched by the townsfolk after she was accused of being a witch.

At least 14 persons are currently standing trial over the killing of Akua Denteh.

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