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Key suspect in lynching of old woman remanded

Latifah Bumaye, the lady in the viral video who led the lynching of 90-year-old Madam Akua Denteh at Kafaba in the East Municipality has been remanded in police custody by the Bole Magistrate court presided over by His Worship Andrew Prince Cudjoe after her appearance before the Court today Monday 3rd July, 2020.

Latifah Bumaye is to reappear in the Bole Magistrate court on Thursday 20th August, 2020.

A Police prosecutor during the appearance of the suspect told the court that the Latifah Bumaye is one of the suspects on the run but apprehended at her hideout at a community called Kejewu on the East Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region and requested for her to be remanded pending further investigation by the Police.

His Worship Andrew Prince Cudjoe granted the request by the police prosecutor.

The suspect Latifah Bumaye, 33, was arrested at Kejewu Bator, a fishing community and handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Savannah Regional Police Command at Damongo after her arrest.

Earlier five persons who were arrested in connection with the lynching of Akua Dentah have been remanded for three weeks by the Bole Magistrate court.

But the main suspect following the lynching, a traditional priestess is yet to be found. It was the priestess who is said to have fingered Akua Denteh as a witch. The incident was captured on camera and went viral.

There was public outrage and condemnation of the lynching of the 90 year old woman.

The police put up a bounty of GHc2,000 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.

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