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Teenager explains how he survived from sakawa-ring

Teenager who wore ‘sakawa’ ring breaks silence

Teenager explains how he survived from sakawa-ring

A 17-year-old boy, who almost lost his finger after

he wore his friend’s ring made for spiritual purposes,

has broken his silence.

The teenager, identified as Emmanuel Otabil,

has admitted he picked up the ring which was on a

table while they played a video game at Kasoa Iron City on Friday.

According to him, the ring owner is a very good friend

who lives adjacent to his house, hence they play together.

“I saw the ring when we went to play the game

and after I took it, my friend’s sibling told me it was

for him but my reply was since he is my friend,

I can wear it and return it anytime he needs it,”

he disclosed on Accra-based radio station.

However, master Otabil, explained his nightmare

started after he took the ring to sleep since

he did not know that was detestable.

“I woke up on Saturday morning feeling pains

and I attempted to remove it but to no avail.

So my friend came and used a hacksaw blade

and a plier but they were only able to cut a part

of it and the rest started entering my flesh,” he narrated.

He noted that he could still not understand what

made him pick the ring as he got attracted to

the ring immediately he spotted it.

Meanwhile, his mother, Sabina Otabil,

who also spoke in the same interview,

narrated she was not really bothered at the initial stages.

Teenager explains how he survived from sakawa-ring
Teenager explains how he survived from sakawa-ring
According to her, on Saturday, she saw her son

rubbing soap on his hand and still didn’t know

what was wrong or bothered to find out.

“It was around midday, I saw that people

had gathered around him and someone came to

inform me about the incident and my reply was

that he should send the ring to wherever he picked

it from but it later became serious,” she said.

Speaking on how they managed to get the ring

off his finger after efforts from welders among others

proved futile, she said a spiritualist came to their rescue.

“After the ring came off, I cleaned it and took it to

the owner’s house but he was not there so

I left it with the mother.

“But I was home when the mother came

that her son has rejected the ring and demands

a new one and I also told her I can’t keep it so

she should take it back,” she added.

Though she said her son is steadily responding

to treatment, she noted there had been an attempt

on their lives as a group of unknown men

forcibly stormed their house.


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