Four men assault brother’s widow for refusing to marry one of them

Four brothers in Bugri, in the Garu-Tempane district of the Upper East Re­gion, brutally assaulted their late brother’s wife for refusing to marry any of them.

On Saturday, October 17, they marched to her house and subjected her to beatings until she became unconscious.

Using sticks, cudgels, belts and ropes, they hit the widow, Madam Ayampoka Akolgo, 42, all over the body, amid accusations and shouts of “prostitute”, “witch”, “you can’t kill, us go away”.

When the police were called in, they ar­rested only one of the brothers and put him before the Magistrate’s Court which fined him only È»50.

Madam Ayampoka narrated her ordeal to The Ghanaian Times after she was discharged from the Garu Presbyterian Hospital last Wednesday.

She now lives in the care of the Widows and Orphans movement, an NGO, after she was thrown out of the house she built on her own.

She named her attackers as Thomas, Moses, and Paul Akolgo and Ndebugre Issah.

Madam Ayampoka said she got married to her husband, Dominic Akolgo, then a worker with the Ghana Education Service, over 25 years ago and they lived and worked in the Ashanti Region.

After his retirement in 2007, they moved back to his hometown, Bugri to settle in his family house, and that was when she found out that her husband had another wife at home.

According to the woman, the husband de­cided to give her part of a family plot to build her own house and live with her four children.

She accepted the challenge, put up her own house and started brewing pito and rearing pigs.

Unfortunately, her husband died on Octo­ber 1, last year, and that was the beginning of her woes. His brothers kept pestering her to marry one of them.

Madam Ayampoka said the final funeral’ rites were performed on May 20, this year and “since then, I have known no peace”.

“They come to my house at odd hours of the night to disturb me, despite complaints to the landlord, Mr. Abarike Amalis; they kept on pressurising me to select one of them as my husband.”

Madam Ayampoka said as the pressure mounted on one of the occasions, she men­tioned a neighbour, Mr. Iddrisu Atiiga, as the person she preferred, and that sparked off more anger as they threatened to kill her and the man.

On October 17, they attacked and after she fell unconscious, they ransacked the room and stole È»2,500 which she had put aside to pay her daughter’s school fees.

They also killed her seven pigs valued at Ȼ1,400.
According to Madam Ayampoka, although she made a report to the police about the four persons, only one was charged and put before the Bawku Magistrates Court on Tuesday Oc­tober 13.

“I was not asked about my version of the incident by the court, and he was fined only È»50,” she said, adding, “I feel that I have been denied justice”.

Meanwhile, the Widows and Orphans Movement (WOM) whose attention was drawn to the incident, has taken up the matter to en­sure that justice is served.

Madam Betty Ayagiba, president of the Wid­ows Movement, told the Times that the organisation had contacted the Legal Aid Office in the region to file an appeal in the case at the High Court.

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