A man has been lynched by some residents of Fijai in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis of the Western Region following his alleged involvement in a series of crimes in the area.
According to an eyewitness, the deceased, the Takoradi suspected thief who is 30-year-old and named Nana Kojo Duah, often used devious means such as dressing as a catholic priest to target and steal from his victims.
Speaking to Citi News, the mother of the deceased indicated that she could not do anything to save her son, although she witnessed the dreadful incident.
“I was sleeping between 3:00 am to 4:00 am when I heard that Kojo had stolen from someone and was being beaten. I rushed behind our home and saw him being hit on the head with big stones and chairs. It was not easy to watch that, so I begged them to stop. But they told me to let go of him, but I refused and pulled him out of the place with the hope he could help himself up, but he could not get up.”
“A man nearby said he would take him to the police station, but I pleaded with him and agreed to pay the debt with a loan. But before I could do anything else, he used a big stone on my son’s head, and he died,” she narrated amidst tears.
The lynching of suspected thieves has been a common practice in Ghana for decades.
In most instances, the suspects are not arrested for taking the law into their own hands regardless of whether the suspected thief is guilty or not.