Two middle aged men escaped death by a whisker after a mob tried to lynch them over suspicion of indulging in human rituals in an uncompleted building at Naheneso near Esereso in Kumasi on Thursday.
The vehicle in which the two men drove to the community purportedly to perform rituals however was not spared the wrath of the incensed crowd amid the singing of war songs.
It was the timely intervention of scores of heavily armed policemen which proved vital as it contributed immensely to saving the lives of the hapless-looking men, who suffered bruises all over their bodies following the treatment meted out to them.
There have been reports lately of ritual murders at Naheneso and nearby communities and the townsfolk suspected the two men of having a hand in the killings; hence the attack.
The two men were quickly rushed to the hospital and are said to have been placed under heavy police protection to avoid further attacks on them whilst they receive treatment.
Sources in the community claim there has been tension lately following reported cases of ritual murders in which some children were killed with some parts of their bodies taken away.
These shocking deaths were said to have angered the community members, notably the youth, who had therefore mounted vigilante groups in order to apprehend the culprits of the murderous acts so as to curb its continuous perpetration.
An eyewitness, Kofi Asante told news men that in recent times the people in the area have realised that some strange men usually drove into the town and entered an uncompleted building to perform some rituals. The community members suspicious of the men started monitoring their movements in the town closely.
On Thursday morning the two men went to the town in a car and headed right away to the uncompleted building, where they reportedly started performing some rituals.
The infuriated youth in unison, stormed the uncompleted building and bundled the two men, who had in their possession strange voodoo items and substance believed to be human blood.
The crowd instantly set the vehicle of the two men on fire and started beating them with all sort of weapons.
The source said about four policemen who rushed to the scene were overpowered by the mob and had to call for reinforcement to rescue the two men and restore law and order.