Many Ghanaians are still reeling from the heinous ritual murder of a 10-year-old boy in broad daylight at Kasoa.
It is not the first time such heinous and barbaric acts have occurred.
The latest case, however, has sparked nationwide outrage because the perpetrators were teenagers.
Worse, the witch doctor who allegedly gave the order is a nursing mother in her twenties with a one-month-old baby.
Ritual sacrifice for wealth, power, and protection is a long-held belief among some Ghanaians that predates the colonial era, despite being illegal.
Hundreds of mutilated bodies, mostly of children and women, have been discovered in various locations across the country over the last three decades, raising concerns about rituals.
Strangers do not go to certain areas alone, nor do they stay out after dusk in a few locations across the country.
People are frequently reported missing with no trace. Various parts of victims’ bodies, such as breasts, private parts, tongues, or heads, would have been severed.
This has been fueled by society’s admiration for the wealthy without questioning the source of their wealth.
Following the latest case, GhanaCNN.com brings you a list of similar incidents that have gripped the nation in fear.
1 . Elmina chieftaincy dispute and ritual murder
The ritual murder of a 10-year-old girl in Ghana dates back to WWII, according to the Journal of African History.
Ama Krakraba’s body was discovered on the beach at Akotobinsin, near Elmina in the Central Region, on March 19, 1945.
Her upper and lower lips, cheeks, eyes, and private parts were all gone.
She had gone missing and was murdered so that her body parts could be used to help the Regent’s faction win a crucial court case in Elmina.
On 24 March, after a preliminary investigation, murder charges were brought against Kweku Ewusie, the Regent of the Edina State, and four others from Elmina: Joe Smith, Herbert Krakue, Nana Appram Esson, alias Joseph Bracton Johnson, and Akodei Mensah.
They were tried at the Accra Criminal Assizes found guilty of first-degree murder, sentenced and hanged.
2. The story of Kofi Kyinto and other ritual murders in the 80s
Perhaps the most chilling, which made front-page news at the time.
In the case of Kofi Kyinto in the Sefwi Bekwai murder case, it was his uncle, 28-year-old farmer Benjamin Affi, who lured him to his death.
Benjamin Affi was present at his nephew’s execution.
Contract killers beheaded the boy on the orders of Nana Akwasi Agyei of Akaasu.
The perpetrators were apprehended and executed.
Several ritual murders were committed in the 1980s, including the following:
-In January 1981, the body of Kingsley Ackaah, alias Kwame Kaya, a 15-year-old schoolboy and native of Baakrom near Sefwi Bekwai, was found without his head. –
-Again, in November 1981, the body of nine-year-old Kwasi Gyimah was found at the outskirts of Sefwi Bekwai without his head.
-Similarly, in November 1984, Kwaku Nkrumah, a 65-year-old palm wine tapper of Sefwi Bekwai, was found dead in the bush without his head.
-Also, in May 1986, 13-year-old Akwasi Ampomaning, a schoolboy from Sukusuku near Sefwi Bekwai, was found dead with his arms missing.
-Again, Kumade Mensah Zormelo was killed for a sacrifice that is required annually, in accordance with traditional practices, to enable the fishermen of Kedzi, to have a bumper fishing season.
3. Hunchbacks under threat and the Bibiani murders
Between 2008 and 2009, there was a new wave of hunchback killings in which their humps were removed to perform rituals.
Natural-death Hunchbacks were not spared, with reports of their bodies being exhumed and parts of their bodies removed for various charms.
In 2008, Bibiani District Police Commander Sampson Anane-Appiah told the Ghanaian Times, “Within a span of seven months (January to July), nine alleged murders have been recorded within Bibiani and its environs.”
Residents breathed a sigh of relief in 2009 when police apprehended four people involved in ritual murders in the same area.
Previously, the town’s mantra was “one head, one KIA,” which meant that “if you produce one human head for ritual purposes, you walk away with one KIA truck.”
4. The case of occultist Dr Beckley
Dr Yoggi Ram Beckley, who was a medical doctor, was linked to allegations of missing schoolchildren in 1994.
Police found blood-stained skulls and other strange items in his house at New Fadama.
Residents burnt down his house after he was arrested, but the case died.
He emerged again in 2002 after police arrested him in connection to the kidnap of two girls.
However, the Attorney-General at the time discontinued the trial, and he was set free.
His house and properties were vandalised by an angry mob, and he later appealed to the government for compensation.
In 2005, his daughter, Ms Olive Beckley, was in the news for alleged refusal of the Ghana Immigration Service to grant his father a passport to travel to India.
She maintained that her father had been cleared by a competent court of judicature hence it was inappropriate for authorities to mistreat her father.
5. ‘The Accra Killings’ and demo after deaths of 34 women
In the late 90s and early 2000, several people were murdered, especially women, particularly at Mataheko and its environs in Accra.
The era struck fear in citizens as the bodies of the women were found stripped, body parts removed, and syringes scattered at the crime scene.
According to The Guardian, 34 women were killed at the time, prompting a protest led by former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings after police were unable to crack down on the crime.
“It’s strange that there are no clues after so many deaths. “The police aren’t moving fast enough,” Elvis Aryeh, a former Daily Graphic editor, was quoted as saying at the time.
6. Fetish priest kills eight, including his ex-wife
In 2013, a fetish priest in the Central Region confessed to killing eight people, including his ex-wife, after he was arrested.
Yaw Agbebu led police officers to exhume the body of his former spouse, Afisah Salami, whom he had killed on December 2 and secretly buried near Agona Swedru, about one hour’s drive west of Accra.
Police said that Agbenu murdered the woman when she went to collect money to pay their son’s medical bill, the Ghana News Agency reported.
Police also found some bones behind Agbebu’s house and in a nearby bush.
7. Sefwi ritual murders
In 2015, police had a tough time preventing a suspected ritualist from being lynched by residents of Sefwi Boako, a farming community in the Sefwi Wiawso Municipality.
A non-resident was believed to have hit the town and killed three people within two weeks, including a mentally unstable man and an eight-year-old girl.
In the case of the mad man, the body was found in a bush with his eyes and other parts missing.
The third victim was a security man of a popular boutique in the area who was also found dead in front of the boutique.
The attacker was found by some farmers who raised the alarm.
He was arrested in a bush with bloodstains on him. After he was sent to the chief’s palace, he allegedly confessed that he was hired to get some human parts by someone who wanted to use them (parts) for ‘blood money.’
8. Fifteen deaths, including a Caucasian woman at Keta
About 15 mysterious deaths are reported to have occurred between 2013 and 2018 within the Keta Municipality in the Volta Region.
The attention of the public was drawn to the mysterious deaths after the death of an identified caucasian woman believed to be in her 30s.
The body of the deceased was deposited at the mortuary of the Keta Government Hospital for an autopsy.
Human excreta was later found near the spot where the victim was discovered, a development some superstitious residents believed was meant to foil attempts to track perpetrators of the heinous crime.
Residents attributed the killings to rituals and called on authorities to deal with the matter.
The Chairman of the Dzita-Anyanui Zonal Council, Oswald Etsey Kpodzo, has therefore appealed to the government to intervene and to help bring the perpetrators to book.
“We are living in fear every day because of the killings in the area,” the Assembly Member for Atiteti and Chairman of the Dzita-Anyanui Zonal Council, Oswald Etsey Kpodzo, was quoted by Joy News.
9. Fathers behead their children and other relatives
- In December 2010, at Assin Gangan, Central Region, a man allegedly beheaded his three-year-old son for ritual purposes.
A buyer in Kumasi reportedly offered the man GHC35,000 cedis ($24,000) to
produce a human head that he could use for ritual purposes. The father was
arrested, and an investigation continued at year’s end.
- On August 2, 2009, the Daily Graphic reported that a man had killed his brother and butchered his 15-year-old daughter at Techiman.
The suspect, Weah Kontomah Seidu, confessed to decapitating his 25-year-old brother for spiritual protection.
The 40-year-old farmer had planned to take the head of his brother to Lawra in the Upper West Region.
He had gone to the farmer with his brother, but his daughter asked about the whereabouts of her uncle when the father came home alone.
The father ended up slashing the daughter mercilessly.
A woman found the body of the daughter when she went to dump refuse and called neighbours who rushed her to the hospital.
The suspect was later arrested by police, and he confessed his actions.
- Father kills son for rituals in Asankrangwa
- A 46-year-old man, Kwabena Oppong, was arrested by police at Nsuta in the Ashanti Region for murdering his 10-year-old son for rituals.
10. Three Fetish Priests Remanded Over Murder Of Biochemist
Three traditional priests who allegedly caused the death of Edward Quartey Papafio, a 64-year-old bio-Chemist at Adeiso in the Eastern Region, were arrested and put before the Kaneshie District Court in 2020.
Following the murder, Edward’s blood was drained into a gallon alongside the blood of another victim killed by the suspects.
Christian Awoe Gamelie, aka Power One, 40, Famous Adukonu, aka Scorpion, 37, and Yaw Azamate, 27, were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The complainant reported her husband, Mr Quartey Papafio, missing in January 2020. He had left his Kasoa home around 7:30 a.m. on January 15 and had not been found.
In May, the same Power One and another spiritualist were apprehended by armed police and military personnel for alleged ritual murder, fraud, and the production of counterfeit currency.
I Am Angry, I Am Sad, I Am Pissed – Sam George Weeps Bitterly As He shares His Sad Story
Yesterday evening around 8pm, I got a call and messages from an Assemblyman in my Constituency whilst I was at church that his 12 year old son had been rushed to the Battor Catholic hospital in the morning. The situation had been deteriorating and a decision was made early afternoon to transfer the child to Accra.
Calls were made to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital but they refused to accept the child that there was no bed. Calls were made to 37 Military Hospital and they agreed to take the child. This was about 3pm. Then the next hurdle began. The National Ambulance Service was called to transport the child. Getting the Service was another issue entirely. After getting the service, they insisted that they cannot move the child until they got their own independent confirmation from 37 Military Hospital. For well over 5 hours, they could not get anyone from 37 to confirm.
It was at this point the Assemblyman in desperation called me. I quickly reached out to my Colleague and Brother Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who is the MP for the area to see if he could intervene with the Battor Clinic. He immediately called Dr. Atuguba who is the Head of the facility and put me in touch with him. It became clear quickly that Battor had done all they could and it was in the hands of 37 Military Hospital.
Hon. Ablakwa again called a Constituent of his who is a doctor at 37 to see if he could help us. At this point we had finally gotten an ambulance on standby to convey the child. By the time we got a Doctor at 37 to get involved and give the all clear to the ambulance service, the little boy blacked out and could not be resuscitated. He died at 10:05pm.
Why it would have to take 2 MPs to find a bed for a dying child who needed critical medical care has deprived me of sleep. Why we have ambulances that cannot move because there is no system in place to let them know where to go anger me. Why we have a world-class facility like the University of Ghana Medical Centre with so many empty beds rotting away beats my understanding.
Yet another needless death. Should you know a big man somewhere for you to get the basic necessities? This death has really pained me. It has left me bitter at the system. It has left me angry at the #FixYourself folks. How could the Assemblyman or his 12 year old fix this issue?
The Republic is indeed very sick and needs to be fixed. How much longer can we go on like this. May the soul of this little child whose only crime is to be born Ghanaian rest in the bossom of the LORD.
Reasons Why Sammy Gyamfi Ignored NPP To Join NDC Finally Revealed – Full Details
He was born on March 28, 1989. Sammy is from Sunyani in Ghana’s Bono Region, but he has spent almost his entire life in Kumasi.
He attended Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he was very active in politics.
Sammy was always around members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at KNUST’s Unity hall until he experienced discrimination and intolerance from members of the TESCON group. As a result, he found the NPP unappealing.
He then became a member of the NDC tertiary group TEIN. Sammy won the hearts of several TEIN-NDC KNUST members due to his outspokenness, intelligence, and in-depth political knowledge. He was highly hailed by all.
Sammy Gyamfi rose to become the President of TEIN-NDC KNUST between 2011-2012. His name was known throughout the Ashanti region, prompting the then-Mayor of Kumasi, Mr. Kojo Bonsu, to appoint him as the spokesperson and public relations officer for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) between 2012-2016.
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The Ghanaian government established the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2003. The program is a type of national health insurance that was established to provide Ghanaians with equitable access and financial coverage for basic health care services.
Former President John Agyekum Kuffour’s name will live on in history as the president who brought Ghana’s dream to fruition.
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When a Ghanaian loses his or her NHIS card or wants to make a new one, he or she can replace it by doing the following.
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