Yilo Krobo: Police arrest 14 for breaching social gathering protocols and organising ‘dipo’ puberty rites

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Fourteen persons from Sawer, a suburb of Somanya in the Yilo Krobo constituency in Eastern Region has been granted bail by the Somanya District Magistrate Court for breaching social gatherings protocols put out by the President and performing puberty rites (Dipo)

The culprits have been cautioned, charged and granted bail and are set to be put before the Somanya district magistrate court on Monday, May, 4.

Their arrest was made by the Somanya District Police Command on Saturday, May, 2, 2020. The suspects were charged with flouting the ban on social gatherings as directed by President Akufo-Addo in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh stated that “the suspects failed to comply with imposed restriction: Cont. to Para 1 (1) of F. I 65 and section 6 of the imposition of the restriction Act 2020 (Act 1012).”

According to the Somanya District Police Commander, DSP Isaac Kojo Otsin, upon a tip-off received at about 1:45 pm, a team of the police command proceeded to Sawer and arrested the perpetrators for performing ‘Dipo’ a traditional puberty rite among the krobo’s.

The 14 culprits are leaders, parents and children.

They are: Samuel Lawer Opata, Rebecca Tetteh, Esther Korkor, Vivian Amish, Grace Tetteh, Bernice Tetteh and Mercy Opata.

The rest are Tetteh Victoria, Comfort Ayiki, Ernestina Owusu, Aboagye Precious, Florence Ellie, Nartey Eunice, Lovelace Emmanuel Odonkor.

‘Dipo’ which is the traditional puberty rite among the Krobos is a very prominent cultural practice mostly held between April and May for dozens of teenage Krobo girls every year.

It is used to usher and inculcate useful values into adolescent girls who are virgins and it signifies that a lady who partakes in the right is prepared to assume their marital responsibilities.

However, these girls would have to go through rituals and tests to prove their chastity before they qualify to partake.

The festival lasts for a period of four days during which they spend most of their time in the Dipo house where the rites are being performed.

The rite among other things is to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexual promiscuity until girls are of age for marriage.

Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Samuel Sackey

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