Girl ‘set ablaze’ during WASSCE prayers, dies from injuries

Girl ‘set ablaze’ during WASSCE prayers, dies from injuries

- A final year SHS student has died in a freak accident as she sought spiritual help to pass WASSCE

- The girl got burnt after anointing oil smeared on her body caught fire from a lit candle she was holding during prayers and she died later from her injuries

- The prophetess who led the prayer session is currently on the run and has been declared wanted by the police

A final year student of the Gomoa Ahyiem Senior High School has met her untimely death after she was strangely set ablaze in an unusual accident during a prayer session.

According to reports, the girl's mother took her to one prophetess Efua Eguawaa of the African Faith Church at Breman Asikuma for spiritual support to pass the ongoing West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

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The spiritual help being sought went south 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.

The student got so badly burnt in the accident and had to be rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, where she unfortunately away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Prophetess Eguawaa is currently on the run and has been declared wanted by the police in the area who said the incident happened on April 1, but only came to their attention on April 5.

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The Breman Asikuma District Commander of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Emmanuel Donkoh Baah confirmed the incident on Citi FM on Thursday.

"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,” Supt. Baah narrated.

Supt. Baah further urged the public to help arrest the prophetess, who is said to be in her forties and dark in complexion, to assist them in the investigations.

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