The Savannah Regional Minister Salifu Braimah interacting with madam Meri Ibrahim at the West Gonja District Hospital. Picture by Mufti Habibu Muftawu.
Some five persons have been arrested by the Savannah Regional Police Command in connection with the alleged assault of Meri Ibrahim, a resident of Sumpini in the West Gonja Municipality over witchcraft accusations.
The five, Zakariah Abdul Kareem,30, Shaibu Iddrisu,35, Ata Alhassan,57, Haruna Jebuni,58, and Saligu Issahaku,35, all residents of Sumpini have been arraigned to appear before the Bole Magistrate Court Monday August 31.
The five according to the Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service Sergeant Agyekum Owusu, are among nine names that have been provided by the victim as those she identified among the mob that attacked her.
“We actually have the names of the people who committed the offence, those are the people we are picking. Actually there are females among the persons we’re looking for”, Sergeant Agyekum Owusu told ZAMI Reports.
Meri Ibrahim, in her late fifties was on Saturday August 29, at about 9:30pm assaulted by a mob of youth of the Sumpini community over claims she had planned to spiritually execute four people in the community.
These claims which were made by a young female allegedly possessed by evil spirits outraged the youth who mobilized and attacked the victim in her home.
One Sanatu was also accused of conniving with Meri Ibrahim to kill the four persons. However, Sanatu who had whimp of the planned attack fled the community before the mob arrived at her home.
Meanwhile, the Savannah Regional Minister Mr. Salifu Braimah has revealed he will do what it takes to ensure that justice is served any woman tortured in the name of witchcraft allegation in his region.
Mr Braimah said this when he visited Meri Ibrahim Monday August 31, at the West Gonja District Hospital.
On July 22, a woman by name Akua Denteh, about ninety years was accused of witchcraft in the Kafaba community of the East Gonja Municipality. She was subjected to torturing and passed on July 23, in Salaga.
Some twenty three women were tortured alongside the late Akua Denteh in the Savanah region alone in July over witchcraft accusations.