The Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service James Oppong-Boanuh has been lauded by the King of Gonjaland, Yagbon-wura Tuntumba Bore Essa I for the arrest of some seven persons in connection with the alleged lynching of Akua Denteh over witchcraft accusations.
The IGP was on a working visit to the Savannah region to ascertain the security situation in the region and also prepare his men ahead of the general elections in December.
He paid a courtesy call on the King of Gonjaland in the Jakpa palace in Damongo in the West Gonja district Wednesday August 5.
“I thank you for arresting some people in connection with the heinous crime against one of my subjects, Akua Denteh”.
Yagbon-wura Tuntumba Bore-Essa I, in his address read by the registrar of the Gonjaland Traditional Council Abutu Kapori, requested for a 24-hours police presence at the Jakpa palace.
The Savannah Regional Minister, Salifu Adam Braimah also expressed his appreciation to Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh for his swiftness in responding to event of Wednesday July 22.
“I want to thank you for remaining resolute and working hand in hand with REGSEC which has actually yielded results and I know with your unfailing support perpetrators shall appropriately be dealt with by the law”.
The Member of Parliament for the Salaga South Constituency, Salifu Adam Braimah also requested for police posts in Kafaba, Kpalbe, and Kito while requesting an upgrade of the Daboya Police Station in the north Gonja district.
The IGP in his remarks cautioned citizens against mob justice while promising that requests made for police visibility in the region will be addressed.
“The request for the establishment of police post in some communities as requested by the minister will be heeded to as soon as I get back to Accra”.
The effort of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) in the arrest of some perpetrators was commended by the IGP.
Some seven persons have so far been arrested in connection with the alleged lynching of Akua Denteh, 90, in Kafaba in the East Gonja Municipality.
ZAMI Reports gathers the deceased was accused of witchcraft and said to be behind the lack of development in the entire community.
A self-styled soothsayer, Serena Mohammed alias Filina was invited by the youth to perform the rites of exorcism on the deceased.
She pronounced her a witch though the deceased denied the accusations. She was tortured until she became unconscious and died in Salaga on Thursday July 23.