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Commercial Drivers Unwilling To Transport Passengers To Abesim Over Ritual Murder Scare

Strangely, Ghanaians had developed some stereotypy for communities that are hit with ritual murders. It has been a growing phenomenon in the country, and the moment that such evil crimes are committed the community or neighborhood that experienced it suffers stigmatization.


At the mention of the name of the town or neighborhood, one withdraws as though they have encountered a threat. So is what is happening in Abesim following the murder of two teenage boys and another unidentified person by Richard Appiah.


A news report by a Sunyani-based reporter for Angel FM, Akwasi, indicates that commercial drivers who are non-residents of the Abesim are unwilling to transport passengers to the town due to the reported ritual murder. According to him, neighboring towns are apprehensive and wish not to get any closer to the Abesim town nor drive through it.


He disclosed that only a few drivers are currently operating in the town, and few others who dare to transport passengers, drop them at the outskirts of the town. This tells of the magnitude of the anxiety that had engulfed the township as a result of Richard Appiah’s crime.


To many, the recent case reactivates a suppressed memory and history of similar ritual killings that were perpetrated by some local people years ago. It is alleged that traditional authority was involved in that crime.


Having lived past that fear, living in the town had been normal and calm but this is eventually being consumed by fear of being murdered for rituals or blood money. The mention of ‘Abesim’ has now become a forbidden word in neighboring communities, and if care is not taken this will be difficult to correct.


We’ve seen what had happened in Denkyira Obuasi as a result of Major Mahama’s murder. Sefwi Bekwai, and Asankrangwa ritual killings which were reported in the 80s, 90s, and even in recent times, and Kasoa have all become infamous for these crimes. This generation and those that are yet to come will surely, have such a difficult time processing why the mention of these communities strike fear in people.

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Abesim Akwasi Angel Ghanaians Sunyani-based


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