Treat incessant attacks on alleged witches as security issue-NR Regional Minister wife begs security agencies
The Wife of the Northern Regional Minister, Hajia Alima Saeed Sagito has called on the Regional Security Councils (REGSEC s) :in Northern Ghana to treat attack on old women accused of witchcraft as security issue.
Hajia Alima Sagito called on regional ministers from Northern, North East and Savannah Regions to as a matter of urgency convey meeting on the issue.
Videos of Meri Ibrahim believed to be in her fifties, residents of Sumpini in the Busunu traditional area in the West Gonja Municipality went viral with cuts n bloody all over body.
Mma Meiri was attacked in her house at about 10:00 pm Saturday, August 29 by the youth of Sumpini wielding machete and sticks and inflicting deep cutlass wounds on her arm and head.
Narrating her ordeal in Gonja after she was rescued, Mma Meiri said, the youth accused her of being behind the death of one young man in the community, an allegation she vehemently denied.
The assailants she said didn’t spaire her with their evil intention.
In July 2020, 90-year old Madam Akua Denteh was lynched at Kafaba, a community in the East Gonja District of the Savannah Region over alleged witchcraft.
Hajia Alima Sagito described it as unfortunate the behavior of some people taken the laws into their own hands and declaring old women as witches.
This is the second time an old women has suffered unwarranted attacks over allegations of witchcraft in less than two months in the Savannah Region.
Expressed her disappointment at the continue attacks on innocent women, Hajia Alima Saeed Sagito pleaded with the District and Municipal Security Councils and the Regional Security Councils to treat the issue as a security challenge and prioritise it for action.
She want the REGSECs to go beyond issuing statements alone are not enough and move in to action.
She suggested a stakeholder’s meeting with all key persons from the regions to discuss and draw actions to stop this embracing occurances in the region. One too many, she added.