90-year-old Akua Denteh being tortured by fellow women

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Police to swiftly solve the gruesome murder of a frail 90-year-old woman, Madam Akua Denteh, who was accused of practicing witchcraft in the Savannah Region. 

He entreated the Police to immediately bring to book, the perpetrators of the heinous act to ensure that justice is speedily delivered. 

President Akufo-Addo gave the order when he inaugurated the Yapei Water System on Monday to extend potable water to 11,443 residents in five communities in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region.  

He expressed revulsion at the killing of the 90-year-old woman, saying “it should not happen again”. 

Madam Akua Denteh, was last Thursday beaten to death at Kafaba, a farming community in the Salaga South Constituency by some local residents who accused her of being a witch.

She was also accused of being the source of certain strange happenings in the area including the slow pace of the town’s development.  

The incident was captured on video and has since gone viral on social media. 

The Inspector General Police had dispatched a team of crack homicide personnel to solve the murder. 

The incident has attracted condemnation from civil society organisations, politicians, gender and human rights activists across the country. 

President Akufo-Addo expressed support for a foundation established in the lynched 90-year-old lady by the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council to campaign against such beliefs, human rights violations and barbaric acts in the area. 

Madam Akua Denteh has since been buried.