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Candidate Set Ablaze in Special WASSCE Prayers, Dies

A final year Senior High School Student has died from burns after she was set ablaze in a prayer session, to provide her spiritual support in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The girl, a WASSCE candidate from the Gomoa Ahyiem Senior High School, was set ablaze by a prophetess at Breman Assikuma in the Central Region.

The prophetess, Efua Eguawaa of the African Faith Church who led the prayer session,  is currently on the run.

Police in the area have declared the prophetess wanted and are on the hunt for her.

The deceased was initially rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, but passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

The spiritual help being sought went bad when the ‘anointing oil’ smeared on the girl’s body caught fire after coming into contact with the flame from a candle the prophetess had made her hold.

Narrating the incident, the Breman Asikuma District Commander of the Ghana Police Service, Supt. Emmanuel Donkoh Baah, said, “she attended the prayer session with the parents and during the prayers, the prophetess administered some direction; smeared oil on the body, lit a candle and the candle burned the schoolgirl.”

The extent of the deceased’s burn injuries are currently unknown.

The police say the prophetess is believed to be in her forties and is dark in complexion.

Supt. Baah further explained that the police need the assistance of the public to arrest the prophetess to assist them in investigations.



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