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The Top 10 Ritual Murder Cases That Struck Fear Across The Country

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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.

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-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.

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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

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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 36-year-old man, Abdul Salam, was arrested by the Asankrangwa Police for murdering his six-year-old son for rituals in 2017.

  • 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.

Police retrieved the lifeless body from a fertilizer sac and found multiple deep wounds at the neck, the throat and the arm, but there was no blood oozing from these body parts.

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.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Man Caught Eating Forbidden Fruit Of Married Woman In An Uncompleted Building -WATCH

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Man Caught Eating Forbidden Fruit Of Married Woman In An Uncompleted Building -WATCH

According to reports, a man was seriously humiliated after he was caught having s.x with a married woman in an uncompleted building.

 

The man who was caught unclad with his married lover, was forced out of the uncompleted building without his clothes on – in a bid to shame him alongside his partner.

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Facebook user Emmanuel who shared the report didn’t give the exact state in Nigeria where the incident occurred.

Meanwhile, Nigerians have reacted to the trending pictures of the couple after their s.xcapade was exposed. see below.

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5 Best Destinations to Honeymoon in October

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5 Best Destinations to Honeymoon in October

If you’re in search of the perfect destination for your October honeymoon, you’re in luck! There are tons of quality options to choose from during this autumn month, whether you want to relax on the beach, immerse yourself in wildlife, or explore a romantic city.

For October destination ideas and travel tips, we turned to travel expert John Spence and his team of destination specialists at Scott Dunn USA. His first piece of advice: don’t wait until the last minute to book your fall honeymoon. “I would start planning as soon as possible,” Spence advises. “It costs the same whether you plan now or later, but by planning now you’ll get your first choice of accommodations, whereas you’ll likely have far fewer options later as places fill up.”

Maldives

Anantara Kihavah resort in Maldives

If the Maldives isn’t on the top of your honeymoon wish list, it’s about to be. October is a great time to see whale sharks and manta rays, which makes for a fun excursion. Couples should stay at Anantara Kihavah Maldives for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experience. The resort offers a special honeymoon package that includes daily breakfast and dinner, champagne, unique dining experiences, and a romantic “Slumber Guru Ritual.”

Tanzania and Kenya

elephants in Kenya

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One of the most sought-after African honeymoon combinations is Tanzania and Kenya, and there’s no better time to visit and view wildlife than in the dry season. “I would recommend Tanzania and Kenya for a classic big game honeymoon safari,” says Spence. “The Great Migration is still taking place in East Africa in October, so it’s a great time for viewing, and the lodges there are some of the most romantic.”

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South Africa

An Aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa

“South Africa is our number one destination for honeymooners this year, and for good reason,” shares Andres Arrigara, Africa travel specialist at Scott Dunn. “In October the temperatures are mild and rainfall is low, but really, it’s hard to beat some time in Cape Town and the Winelands any time of year.”

For a honeymoon with an ideal mixture of adventure and luxury, start at Table Mountain to take in the panoramic views of the Western Cape, then head down to the waterfront to treat yourselves to artisan crafts and clothing made by South African creatives. To top off the trip, couples can drive to the Winelands or go explore a multitude of national parks and wildlife preserves, where the odds of seeing all of the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and African buffalo) are very high.

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A perfect destination for couples who want a Caribbean experience without actually leaving the country is St. Thomas. Since it’s part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, no passport is required! Stay at the luxury Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, which recently went under a $100 million renovation. Couples can book a sunset sail on the resort’s very own catamaran, the Lady Lindsey. Pro tip: Make sure to book a Club Level room for exclusive access to a private beach area and the Club Lounge with unlimited meals, snacks, and beverages throughout the day.

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Morocco

“Morocco is wonderful in autumn and such a romantic destination,” says Rachael Mendizabal, Europe travel specialist at Scott Dunn. Rooftop dinners surrounded by candles, couples massages in marble-clad spas, and nights in a glamping tent under starry skies make for the most picturesque honeymoon memories. Be sure to book Morocco well in advance, as the best rooms and riads sell out. For a luxury stay, consider a riad at Royal Mansour in Marrakech.

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Aliko Dangote Reemerges As World’s 74th Richest Billionaire

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Aliko Dangote Reemerges As World’s 74th Richest Billionaire

As the world’s richest billionaires’ ranking continues to shift, with the most recent offset being the emergence of Indian billionaire Gautam Adani as the world’s second-richest man ahead of Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, some billionaires like Aliko Dangote have seen their wealth ranking improve in recent weeks after losing out several weeks ago.

Dangote, whose net worth has declined by $275 million since the start of the year, dropped out of the top 80 richest billionaires list more than a week ago, as his wealth fell below the $19-billion mark for the first time since Sept. 29, 2021.

After falling out about a week ago, the billionaire, who derives the majority of his fortune from his 86-percent stake in Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s largest cement maker, is now ranked 74th on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a list that tracks the fortunes of the world’s 500 richest people.

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Dangote is now not only the richest man in Africa, but also the richest Black man in the world.

His re-entry into the top 80 billionaires list was aided by the decline in the net worth of Indonesian billionaire Michael Hartono, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, and Thomas Frist, a U.S. physician and businessman who is the wealthiest person in Tennessee, a landlocked state in the southeastern United States.

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Dangote’s net worth has fallen from $19.1 billion at the beginning of the year to $18.8 billion at the time of writing this report. This equates to a $257-million loss in wealth for the billionaire businessman since the year began.

The drop in his net worth, which began on May 13 when he became the world’s 61st richest man after his net worth surpassed $21 billion for the first time since 2014, can be attributed to a drop in the shares of his publicly traded cement company, Dangote Cement.

Since May 13, shares in the leading cement maker have dropped 18.3 percent, from an all-time high of N300 ($0.697) to N245 ($0.5694) at the time of writing.

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The drop in the company’s stock can be attributed to investors’ reaction to its half-year earnings figures, which revealed a double-digit drop in profit in the first half of 2022 due to higher energy costs and unrealized foreign exchange losses.

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