A popular prophetess at Breman Bedum in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District in the Central Region is in the grips of the police after burning a Senior High School (SHS) student and killing her in the process.
The female student, Portia Donkor, 18, a final-year student of Gomoa Eshiem SHS, went for prayers on 1 April 2018 together with her parents and siblings, to enable her pass the ongoing West African Secondary School Certificate Exams (WASSCE).
The prophetess, Efua Eguawaa, in praying for her, smeared the victim’s body with anointing oil and gave her a candle to hold as she performed some rituals.
But in the course of the rituals, the lit candle came into contact with the girl’s dress and the fire spread rapidly due to the oil on her body setting her ablaze.
Asikuma Police Commander, Supt Emmanuel Donkor Baah confirmed the story to Class News and explained on Thursday 12 April 2018 that the “whole body was seriously burnt and she was rushed to the Our Lady of Grace Hospital for treatment and referred to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where she passed away yesterday [Wednesday 12 April 2018]”.
He said the prophetess absconded but the police was able to arrest her with the help of some community members and she is currently helping with investigations.