Sorcerer who masterminded lynching of 90-year-old woman at Kafaba arrested

The sorcerer said to have masterminded the lynching of the 90-year-old woman at Kafaba near Salaga in the Savannah Region has been arrested by the police.

Identified as Sherina Mohammed alias Alhajia and aged 40, she was arrested at her hide-out at Yeji on Monday night [August 3, 2020].

She is currently in police custody.

She is the one who has been accused of pronouncing the 90-year-old Madam Akua Denteh as a witch and allegedly ordered the lynching.

The 90-year-old Madam Akua Denteh was lynched on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Kafaba in the East Gonja Municipality on an accusation of being a witch.

She had been accused of using her witchcraft to work against allowing rain to fall in the area.

This was because, the sorcerer Sherina Mohammed had said so.

Based on that the old woman was subjected to severe beatings until she became unconscious and died.

After the incident and when the police moved in to effect an arrest of the perpetrators, they fled the area into various hideouts.

The issue of witchcraft allegations, especially against old women are widespread in the northern part of Ghana.