Police arrest couple for allegedly burying their two-year-old son alive
A couple at Breman Brakwa in the Central Region have been arrested
by the Asikuma Odobeng Brakwa Police for allegedly
burying their two-year-old son alive.
The man and wife said they were convinced by a fetish priestess that their
child, who can neither walk nor talk, was a spirit child and had to be killed.
Narrating what happened, Abubakar Mohammed, a tenant of the
couple said at midnight on Monday, Paul Adoba and Maame Atta
and the fetish priestess dug a grave and buried the two-year-old alive.
According to him, he suspected something was not right and so
woke up to the surreptitious movement of the people at midnight.
“I saw them carrying the child to where the pit was being dug.
It was around 12 midnight. It was awkwardly strange and so,
I got up to close my window,” he narrated.
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He said he saw two women and a man. The man, he claims was
digging while one woman was carrying a child.
He revealed further: “I was alone and a bit afraid and so I couldn’t step out.
It was during that time that the man left the scene and came to the
yard in our compound. It was my landlord and so I asked him what
on earth he was doing at this time behind the house.”
Abubakar Mohammed said, based on his query, his landlord explained
that his child was not well and a fetish priestess said they needed to
perform some rituals for the child and that’s what they are doing.
” So, I left them,” he said.
The chief of Breman Brakwa, Nana Kofi Hammed, said, the community is
extremely surprised at the act of the couple and the fetish priestess.
Though they have left the two in the hands of the police,
some rites ought to be performed.
“The couple and the priestess came to bury the child alive and so
those who suspected it reported it to the police. I was here in the
evening when the relatives of the couple came that this was what
had happened and so they were begging for forgiveness. I said no,
it’s a huge crime that ought not to be entertained,” he explained.
He continued: “I said this is never done. Even when day old children die,
they are not buried like that, let alone burying a child alive.
What’s so grievous is that they buried this child close
to the main stream we all depend on.”