Pilgrim commits suicide at Atwea Mountains

A 25-year-old pilgrim, who accompanied his fellow Christians to pray at a sacred sanctuary at the Atwea Mountains, in the Sekyere Central District of the Ashanti Region, has committed suicide.
Peter Yangah, an auto-mechanic and a resident of Adenta in the Greater Accra Region, was said to have jump from one side of the mountain into a valley, last Saturday.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Charles Atuah, the Nsuta District Police Commander, told the Ghana News Agency that, Yangah jumped from ‘Camp Three’ side of the mountain into a valley near Yonso, at 4.30pm on Saturday.

He said the police had a report from the managers of ‘Camp Three’, which belonged to the Methodist Church that a young man, who came from Accra with his colleagues to pray, had jumped into the valley.
DSP Atuah said the managers told the police that, the deceased returned from a prayer session from the bush and started behaving abnormally.

According to him, Yangah’s colleagues tried to calm him down, but became more aggressive and ran towards a barbed wire, which had been used as a fence to ward off people from getting near the valley, and jumped over it, and fell into the valley.

DSP Atuah said the police reported the case to the chiefs and people of Yonso, where the valley was, and after two days of search, the near decomposed body of the deceased was found beneath one of the steps leading to the mountain with multiple injuries.

He said the police retrieved the body and kept it at the Asante Mampong Government Hospital morgue for autopsy.

DSP Atuah said that the father of the deceased, who reported at the Nsuta Police Station on Wednesday, told the police that his son had ‘high fever’ some time ago, and had not yet recovered fully from the ailment.

The District Police Commander said though the police did not suspect foul play, investigations were ongoing. – GNA

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