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General News of Friday, 2 June 2017

Source: citifmonline.com

Man accused of being wizard nearly lynched

Man escapes death by lynching


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A man accused of being a wizard escaped death on his farmland on Thursday at Duusi in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.

The man, Kugre Moses aged 36, called on the police to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to book. He was allegedly accused by some parents of the area of being a wizard who tries to enchant their children in the area to produce money for him.

Mr. Kugre said he was on his farmland when about five parents of some children in the area confronted him and started beating him up.

Mr. Kugre sustained head wounds and a fracture on his left leg. It took the intervention of the Zuarungu Police to rescue him to the BolgatangaHospitall for medical care.

He revealed further to Citi News that this was not the first time he had been accused of wizardry.

“I was accused of this issue sometime back by this same people and was taken to the Duusi chief and the chief refereed us to a soothsayer but the soothsayer proved my innocence.”

“I was at my farm when they came to take me back to the soothsayer again, but I told them I do not have money with me, they should take me home so that I will pick some money but they refused and started beating me. The four parents who attacked me are Kapiou Batimtaba, Nagbila Boare, Gwane Batimtaba, Yin Boare, Dogpobil Batimtaba, so I want the police to arrest them and make them face the law” Mr. Kugre narrated.

He is currently receiving treatment at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Chief inspector of the Zuarungu police station, Stephen Amewugah told Citi News that, one suspect, Noah Yelgaoh, aged about 35 years, and involved in the attempted lynching, has been arrested by police to assist investigations.

The Upper East Region is one of the areas known for the despicable act of what has become known as mob justice or instance justice.

Family of lynched ‘witch’ blames Pelungu chief

On Thursday, the family of a woman who was lynched over suspicions of witchcraft on Sunday, May 28, has partly blamed the Chief of Pelungu, where the woman was killed for the incident.

The deceased, Yenboka Kenna, aged 67, was killed at the Pelungu market in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region by an angry mob that accused her of bewitching people in the area.

Soldier ‘mistakenly’ lynched and burnt at Diaso

The news of this attempted lynching comes at a time when the subject of citizens taking the law into their own hands on suspected wrongdoers, has come up for discussion.

The debate has been rekindled by the gruesome murder of a soldier, Captain Maxwell Mahama, who was lynched by community members at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region, on suspicion that he was an armed robber.

It later emerged that the soldier was wrongly accused because he was in the town with his colleagues on an anti-galamsey or illegal mining operation.

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