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28.02.2007 General News

Two chiefs questioned

By : The Ghanaian Times

The Atebubu District Office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is questioning two traditional rulers and community leaders in Bator, a settler fishing community of Yeji in the Pru District of the Brong-Ahafo Region over the exhumation and burning of corpses at Bator, allegedly for ritual purposes.

The CHRAJ investigation follows a petition by a resident after a recent exhumation and burning of a corpse in the area.

The settlers are said to exhume the bodies in the night few days after burial, remove some parts and set the remains on fire amidst jubilation.

The practice has reportedly been going on for some time, but "the straw that broke the camel's back" was a recent exhumation of the body of a certain man from the Central Region which prompted the resident to petition the Atebubu office of the CHRAJ.

The peitioner, James Obuor Baah, was said to have bumped into the inhabitants as they were digging up a body.

Suspecting that it might be the body of the "Fanteman", he was said to have informed the man's relatives who expressed shock in finding that the remains of their royal were missing from the cemetery.

Samuel Nyamekye Vasco, the CHRAJ Director of Atebubu – Amartey District, when contacted confirmed the receipt of the petition.

He said the chief of Chirepo on whose land the Bator community cemetery is located has been requested to explain the circumstances and rationale behind the practice.

Mr. Vasco said Nana Boakye Yiadom, Chief of Kokoma, where the Bator settlers live has also been asked to explain the practice.

The Bator settlers, mainly fishermen and fish mongers are said to have migrated from the areas along the Volta Lake around Ada about a decade ago.

Source: The Ghanaian Times