“She exhibited no sign of remorse in court and she told the court her trade is a calling from God which she cannot abandone”, ZAMI Reports’s Savannah Regional Correspondent Eredon Gien Joseph reported from the Bole Magistrate Court in the Savanah region.
At about 10:29 am Wednesday August 5, the highway patrol division of the Ghana Police Service in the Savannah region arrived with Serena Mohammed, the self-styled soothsayer captured in a viral video performing the rites of exorcism on Akua Denteh, 90, in Kafaba in the East Gonja Municipality.
Akua Denteh, deceased is reported to have died on Thursday July 23, in Salaga, a day after her alleged torture. She became unconscious while been attacked by some women including suspect Serena Mohammed.
She died from “beaten and torture”, an autopsy report from the Tamale Teaching Hospital revealed.
The case, “Serena Mohammed versus the Republic” was heard amidst tight security and fully pack court room.
“The suspect was sneaked into the court, nobody saw her entry” our reporter intimated.
However, drama unfolded when the prosecutor Chief Inspector Abdulai B. Awuni presented the case before the court. The presiding judge of the Bole Magistrate Court; His Worship Justice Andrew Prince Cudjoe, asked the suspect whether she will continue to be a soothsayer if she is probably found not guilty after the court processes.
“It is the work of God and I can’t abandone God’s work” she replied adding she has over the time been very helpful to her clients citing “blindness and infertility” as curable by her.
After the long drama, Justice Andrew Prince Cudjoe entreated the accused person to assist the police with information at her disposal for further investigations.
She was remanded into police custody while the case was adjourned to August 20, 2020.
Serena Mohammed is alleged to have branded the late Akua Denteh, a native of Kafaba a witch following accusations by some youth including “retarding the development of the entire community spiritually”.
She has since been on the run after the Salaga Divisional Police launched a man hunt for her. Serena was apprehended on Tuesday August 4 at her hideout at Yeji in the Bono East region and transferred to the Savannah Regional Police Headquarters in the West Gonja district.