(ADUKROM) AKUAPEM NORTH: Girl saved by hairs breath.
|the Jujuman at the center of the case|| |
An attempt to lure and use a four-year-old girl for an alleged ritual purpose has thrown Asenema, a village near Adukrom in the Akuapem North District of the Eastern region into a state of insecurity, as youth of the town attacked a prominent fetish priest, who is alleged to be behind the attempted murder.
The action of the youth followed the mysterious death of a three-year-old nursery boy who was abducted and killed at Asenema a year and half ago and the body dumped in a cassava farm close to the town.
The police are still investigating the matter, with the decomposed body of the murdered boy still at the morgue of the Military Hospital.
The violence spilled over to Adukrom which has strong traditional links to Asenema where the youth on Sunday evening burnt a Hyundai mini bus which is alleged to have been used to bus armed ’macho’ men to attack the people of Asenema in an attempt to rescue the fetish priest.
Known only as Kofie, the fetish priest at the centre of the disturbances, and his family, have been evacuated from the town by security personnel after residents burnt down his house including the room housing his gods and other ’spiritual’ accoutrements.
The tension was fuelled by an alleged disclosure by the assemblyman for the area who said that he assisted in abducting the three-year-old boy who was sold to Kofie to be used for rituals and that there was an outstanding balance of GH¢400 to be given to him.
The assemblyman, one Francis Mensah, was said to have made the disclosure moments before he died last Thursday, a day after the attempted abduction of the four-year-old girl, which allegedly confirmed the fear of the girl’s parents.
The people of the town have drawn the Omanhene of Okere, Nana Otutu Kuno III and the district chief executive for Akuapem North, George Opare Addo into the matter, accusing the two of supporting the fetish priest because they objected to the demand to sack the man and his family members from the town.
Policemen in the district have also been accused by residents of Asenema of supporting the activities of the fetish priest.
The DCE, on Tuesday, led members of the District Security Committee (DISEC) to meet members of the Adukrom community to explain to them the work of the police and to assure the community that the security apparatus will ensure that the matter is properly investigated and the culprits brought to book.
The meeting was attended by the Omanhene Nana Okuno and the MP for the area, Dan Botwe.
The out-going Divisional Commander, DCOP Mina Ayim and the DCE appealed to the people to help the police with any information that will assist their investigations.
Dan Botwe commended the DISEC for taking the pain to explain to members of the community the work of the police and also how members of the community should help police in their work.
He said the situation is of great concern to him because without peace, there could be no development, expressing the belief that the police will live up to the task.
“I want my people to exercise the maximum restraint for the police to do their work and that I really share their pain,” he said.