Through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, government wants persons behind the gruesome murder of a 90-year-old woman in the Savannah Region town of Kafaba arrested and prosecuted.
This directive by the Ministry was contained in a statement issued 72 hours after the incident, which has received widespread condemnation from Ghanaians.
Videos, which have been widely shared online, capture a group of women lynching the elderly woman after a soothsayer allegedly claimed she was a witch.
While disregarding COVID-19 safety and hygiene protocols, others looked on to capture the gruesome scene with their phones.
However, in a press statement issued on Saturday, July 25, 2020, and signed by the sector Minister, Cynthia Mamle Morrison, the Ministry condemned the “barbaric act” and called for swift investigation and prosecution of all the culprits.
“The Ministry, on behalf of the government and People of Ghana, unreservedly condemns this barbaric act, and calls for immediate investigations and prosecution of all the perpetrators of this gruesome murder in accordance with our laws.”
The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Vice Presidential Candidate, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, on the same issue, has also condemned the act.
In a Facebook post, Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang said, “I condemn in the strongest terms this barbaric act which has left me, like many I can imagine, deeply sad, indeed.”
Also, Songtaba, a Civil Rights Organisation in the Northern Region had earlier given the police three days to ensure some arrests are made.
The Savannah Regional Minister, Salifu Adam Braimah, has also pledged that the soothsayer and the two people she came with will be caught at all cost.
Even though many people have called for a hurried investigation into the matter, the police are yet to make any arrest since Thursday, July 23, the day the incident happened.