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One dead, four in critical condition after drinking akpeteshie mixture

One person has died while four others are in critical condition after

drinking a local gin, popularly known as akpeteshie.

The deceased, Ogbolor, 32 and three others, were offered the drink by

one of the victims, Maame Akosua, after they had helped her in

gathering firewood for her business at Gambia Village near Prestea in

the Western Region.

Police suspect the drink might have been laced with aphrodisiac.

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The four are currently on admission at the Prestea Government Hospital

while the body of the deceased has since been deposited at the same

hospital.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the District Crime Officer, ASP

Emmanuel Nwinsori of the Prestea Police Command said last Friday,

Akosua's husband contracted the four to fetch firewood from her farm

to the house.

He said after the day's work and in a show of appreciation, Maame

Akosua entered her room and brought out the bottle containing the

drink allegedly prepared by her husband who had travelled.

As tradition demands, Maame Akosua first poured a quantity for herself

and after an act of libation, drunk the rest.

The drink, ASP Nwinsori said, was passed on to the next person and it

went round until the four had served themselves with quantities that

met their capability.

He said before Maame Akosua could come out with the payment for their

labour, the five including herself started complaining of abdominal

pain.

The district crime officer said sensing danger, onlookers quickly

rushed them to the hospital but Ogbolor was pronounced dead.

Hunt for suspect

According to ASP Nwinsori, preliminary investigations revealed that

the akpeteshie mixture was prepared by Maame Akosua's husband who is

reputed for brewing the local fin in the Gambia Village.

Although Maame Akosua's husband had travelled at the time of the

incident, ASP Nwinsori expressed hope that since the wife was in a

critical condition, they expect that the husband would rush to the

hospital on his return and help police in their investigation.

He said the identities of the other three victims were yet to be established.

Credit: Graphic Online

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Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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