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08.12.2007 General News

Mum Chains Son For 10 Yrs

By Daily Guide
Mum Chains Son For 10 Yrs

MADAM AKUA Bio, an 84-year-old woman at Offinso in the Ashanti Region who allegedly put her 50-year-old son in chains and locked him up in a single room for years on suspicion of being a wizard, may spend the next few years battling with the law.

Kofi Menka, a one-time successful businessman and member of the Dome Royal Family in Offinso who was said to have been locked up in the room for over 10 years has virtually developed traits of a mad person.

Madam Bio has been dragged to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and a formal complaint lodged with the Offinso Police.

Although the police had since Wednesday, December 5 commenced investigations into the matter, officials of CHRAJ were yet to initiate any action.

Currently, Menka is unable to speak and has grown lean as a result of malnutrition since he allegedly threw on the floor any food that was served him, as though he were an animal.

DAILY GUIDE, during a visit to Menka's residence on Wednesday saw that his beard, moustache and head had not seen razor for several months while his nails had grown long.

An attempt by the police to arrest Madam Bio to assist in investigations last Wednesday was unsuccessful as she was said to have gone out.

Meanwhile, the Offinso District Police Commander, DSP Effah Boanu has ordered Nana Akwasi Akoto, chief of Dome and younger brother of Menka to ensure that he is properly taken care of and kept in good condition.

He said he as well advised the chief to send Menka to a psychiatric hospital for treatment immediately.

According to DSP Boanu, the chief told him on Thursday at his office that his brother Menka, sometime ago had an argument with a female trader, during which the woman pronounced curses on him.

Nana Akoto told the police that family members had taken Menka to several places including the Kyereman Shrine for a solution, all to no avail.

From James Quansah, Kumasi

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