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06 July 2017

Fetish Priest Warned Galamseyers Who Got Trapped In Collapsed Pit Not To Mine There But They Refused To Listen

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Residents of Nsuta in the Western Region of Ghana where a mine recently collapsed and killed 17 people, have revealed that a fetish priest in the area warned the miners not to use that particular pit.

Residents spoken to by the Daily Guide revealed the galamseyers had been warned but they failed to heed to the advice, leading to their eventual demise.

Read Daily Guide report below…

 

It has been revealed that a fetish priest in the Nsuta area of the Western Region forewarned illegal miners (galamseyers) in the community not to operate in the pit that caved in last Monday and killed about 17 of them.

According to some of the residents, 22 ‘galamseyers’ did not heed the advice from the fetish priest and decided to enter the old pit to prospect for gold when the tragedy occurred.

Five of the miners managed to come out from the pit but the rest were feared dead in the pit. So far, one dead body has been retrieved and deposited at the Tarkwa Government Hospital.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that after the incident, members of the rescue team who were dispatched to the scene to help bring out the rest of the illegal miners – dead or alive – were also warned by the fetish priest not to enter the pit because another mishap could happen. Members of the team were able to enter the pit after some rituals had been performed by the fetish priest to appease the gods of the land.

These came to light when the Deputy Western Regional Minister, Gifty Eugenia Kusi and the Regional Security Coordinator, Alex Quainoe, visited the scene of the incident yesterday.

When the deputy minister and her team visited the pit in which the miners were trapped, there was a bad stench which suggested that the bodies of some of the miners were decomposing. Those who visited the scene had to use nose masks before they were able to stand the unpleasant smell emanating from the pit.

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