Woman, 45, Son Burnt To Death

Residents of Kukuzua, a farming community in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region, were thrown into a state of mourning at the weekend, when a 45-year-old woman and her eight-year-old son were been burnt to death in their house.

Ananti Ayabagot and her son, Kofi Ayaba, were warming themselves by a fire in an uncompleted building when the incident occurred.  ASP James Anka, Bawku West District Police Commander, who confirmed the incident, said the deceased woman was mentally unstable.

He explained that the deceased swept her compound and dumped the rubbish in a room of an uncompleted mud house which contained dried hay and straw. She then set fire to the rubbish, and in the process, it spread over to the dried materials, trapping the victims.

ASP Anka said though the victims raised an alarm for rescue, help did not get to them, as the only person in the house was an old man who could not help.  He said before the police arrived at the scene, the two were burnt to death.

Their charred bodies were conveyed to the Zebila Hospital, where an autopsy was conducted. According to ASP Anka, the police had commenced further investigations into the matter, and would invite the family of the deceased, including a five-year-old girl child of the deceased woman, for interrogation.

The five-year-old girl child, according to the Police Commander, was in the house with her deceased mother and brother when the incident occurred.

From William Nlanjerbor Jalulah Kukuzua


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