‘Prayer Woman’ in Court for ‘Beating Nephew to Death’

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2055
Suspect Yamah K Yanco

By Patrick C.M. Kollie 

Said boy was ‘involved in witchcraft’

Police in Margibi County have sent to court a 42-year-old ‘prayer woman’, identified as Yamah K. Yango, for allegedly beating to death her nephew Tom Yango. Police recently arrested and charged the woman with the crime of manslaughter in the provincial city of Kakata, Margibi County.

The incident occurred Monday evening in Madena Community, when 8-year-old Tom Yango allegedly refused to continue a three day fast and prayer requested by his aunt, Yamah K. Yango, after her spiritual diagnosis that little Tom was suffering from evil spirit.

Accordingly, prior to Tom’s death, his aunt Yamah had a prophecy that Tom was demon-possessed, and there were situations involving several demonic attacks at home, which Tom was allegedly responsible for. It was from that backdrop she requested that they all have days of fast and prayers at home in which he-Tom refused to continue that lead to his flogging to death.

Expressing disbelieve and sorrow with tears of agony, the late Tom Yango’s biological mother, Alice Kollie Yango, narrated that on Tuesday, suspect Yamah Yango left from the market, where they always spend the day selling alongside with her son for the house; upon her arrival at accused home, the suspect inform her that her son Tom Yango had confessed that he is a witchcraft.

Alice Yango further said that her Son the late Tom Yango confessed in front of her that he was initiated into witchcraft activities by one Lewis Yameh, the wife of Tom’s father’s oldest brother, who Tom Yango was once living with, in Matialah community, Kakata Margibi County; noting that he was commanded by his witchcraft mother Lewis Yameh to kill his Father, aunt, and sister.

Meanwhile Tom’s mother further narrated that, after her son’s confession, the prayer woman, suspect Yamah Yango, said she was not in the mood to perform deliverance on the boy, but asked the biological mother, Alice Kollie, to take him to one Pastor Gibson in the World Bank community for deliverance purpose. According to Alice Kollie, after taking her son, Tom, to Pastor Gibson’s church, where he spend a week, upon his return home, he was given holy oil for rubbing. She however, said that suspect Yamah Yango, on January 18, 2020, informed her that the late Tom had decreased the power of the Holy oil given them by the pastor in his spiritual realm, and suggested that they enter three days of fast and prayer.

On the following day, suspect Yamah Yango, after devotion, laid Tom Yango before her prayer altar and asked his Mother, Alice Kollie, not to allow him Tom to go outside. Instead, Yamah had told Alice to sprinkle saltwater on Tom’s face and her (Alice’s) own face, as well as all over in the house in which they were been hosted by the accused.

Alice also alleged that suspect Yamah used spiritual chant to weaken her spirit and make her speechless in order to perform all kinds of spiritual things, “like the lighting of candle, putting of salt in water mixed with juice into the mouth of my son, Tom as part of a deliverance service,” Alice said.

Alice also said that Tom did not eat food for about three days, on the order of Yamah, as she said they were carrying on dry fast, as part of Tom’s deliverance process, from the power of darkness.

Alice also told reporters that on Sunday evening, Yamah Yango sent her to buy a scratch card on the road. Upon her return home, Alice saw Yamah with a stick on her prayer altar, after Yamah received the scratch card and went in her room,” the Late Tom later inform his Mother Alice that he was heavily flogged by his aunt Yamah Yango who beat him in his chest, with blood on his figures.

According to the Tom’s mother, during Monday Morning, suspect Yamah told her (Alice) to go ahead to the suspect’s business center. While getting ready to go, as ordered by Yamah, her son Tom ask her that he wanted to go along with her to the market, which she (Alice) refused, for fear that Yamah, her sister-in-law, would not agree or get angry with her.

Alice stated that, up to 6:00 p.m., Yamah had not come to join her to sell in the market, as expected. It wasn’t until Alice returned home in the evening hours, that she discovered her son, Tom, lying helpless, with Yamah moving about frantically, trying to seek help in the community.

She said when they rushed Tom to a nearby health facility, it was made known to them that Tom had died before arrival.

Alice said Yamah informed her that her son, Tom, died at the result of blood shortage, but later askes Alice not to tell her husband that prior to Tom death he was beaten by her Yamah and undergoing three days dry fast and prayer.

According to Alice, she was told by her little sister that, “the children in the yard informed her sister that suspect Yamah Yango beat on the late Tom Yango until he died.”

She then immediately disclosed to family members what exactly happen, which they all compromised and decided to carry on the burial.

However, it was discovered during the bathing of Tom’s corpse that, prior to his death, he was badly beaten, which lead to his death. Alice decided to seek the immediate intervention of the police intervention to investigate the actual cause of his death.

Tom’s father, Patrick Yanco, has also accused his sister of being the prime suspect to the death of his son and wants government prosecute her. He also condemned and termed as weak the police crime charge of “manslaughter” against the spiritual woman. He said suspect Yamah Yanco does not deserve such a charge, rather the charge of murder, stressing, “she beat my son to death and she must be charged with the crime of murder”.

Meanwhile, when contacted at the Kakata Police headquarters for reaction to the allegation level against her, suspect Yamah Yango told this reporter that she reserved all comments until her legal team can authorize her to make public statements on the matter.

Suspect Yamah is said to be at the Kakata Central Prison while facing justice at the 13th Judiciary Circuit Court in Margibi County.

9 COMMENTS

  1. What a cruelty!

    Dear Little Tom,
    I know and understand the pains you bore, the many days you were ignored and neglected when expressing your anguish, and I can imagine the despise of your biological parents in the face of an aunty who undoubtedly is their bread winner.

    Your story is my story and it is just the tip of the iceberg of many of our suffering children in Liberia. You could have become a president, minister, manager, farmer, clergyman or plumber of Liberia with great integrity but was snatched away from the face of the earth too soon due to hardship and untold suffering.

    You were never a witchcraft. Your tormentor is the witch, not a prayer woman. God is love and not hate and vices. She is the wolf in the sheep clothing. She made your life miserable. She made you to never live your childhood to the fullest. She made you to never see the beauty of the creation of God. She made you to depart this world at your tender age.

    Rest in peace son. At this moment and as you read these painful words of mine, FORGIVE completely to be received in the bosom of the Almighty. The Angels are beckoning to you. Though you did fulfill your mission on earth, there is a greater mission for you in heaven.

    Keep watch over your aunty who killed you, your mother and father who were incapable of providing for your livelihood and happiness and all hypocritical neighbors who sat by and watched you being tortured to death at a slow pace.

    Rest in peace Tom!

    • This so called 42-year-old ‘prayer woman’, identified as Yamah K. Yango must die By hanging! SHE IS A MURDERER!!!

      Her INTENT was to kill that “poor” child, because according to her, once he little Tom stayed alive, she Madam ‘prayer woman’ Yamah K. Yango would be killed By Tom!

      The proof of this can be seen in Madam prayer woman´s admission that “Tom was commanded by his witchcraft mother Lewis Yameh to kill his Father, aunt (Madam prayer woman Yamah Yango), and sister”.

      This is ALSO made evident in her own confession that SHE Yamah “had a prophecy that Tom was demon-possessed, and there were situations involving several demonic attacks at home, which Tom was allegedly responsible for. So, she Yamah Yango Yamah Yango beat on the late Tom Yango until he died.”

      Tom’s father Patrick Yanco, do not listen to no stupid pastor or relative or whosoever to tell you about “forgiveness”. Yamah K. Yango is a very wicked woman!

      Prosecution and Judge or Jury, Yamah K. Yango must be CONVICTED for her commission of the crimes of torture, starvation, and murder, and must die By hanging with her wicked corpse thrown into the EVIL FOREST!

  2. This so called 42-year-old ‘prayer woman’, identified as Yamah K. Yango must die By hanging! SHE IS A MURDERER!!!

    Her INTENT was to kill that “poor” child, because according to her, once he little Tom stayed alive, she Madam ‘prayer woman’ Yamah K. Yango would be killed By Tom!

    The proof of this can be seen in Madam prayer woman´s admission that “Tom was commanded by his witchcraft mother Lewis Yameh to kill his Father, aunt (Madam prayer woman Yamah Yango), and sister”.

    This is ALSO made evident in her own confession that SHE Yamah “had a prophecy that Tom was demon-possessed, and there were situations involving several demonic attacks at home, which Tom was allegedly responsible for. So, she Yamah Yango Yamah Yango beat on the late Tom Yango until he died.”

    Tom’s father Patrick Yanco, do not listen to no stupid pastor or relative or whosoever to tell you about “forgiveness”. Yamah K. Yango is a very wicked woman!

    Prosecution and Judge or Jury, Yamah K. Yango must be charged for her commission of the crimes of torture, starvation, and murder, and must die By hanging with her wicked corpse thrown into the EVIL FOREST!

  3. “Manslaughter?” Are you kidding me? This was a premeditated murder of an innocent child. Forcing an eight-year old child to fast is a crime of negligence, including child cruelty. She deserves the death penalty! Again, this is LIB! My prayers go out to his parents.

  4. all those killing have to be stop if you read the bible god is not with killing like that the commandments is what we as people of jesus Christ have to obey we can not force somebody to be of jesus Christ the lord god is the one who saved mans and woman and children life so there should be no way for this to happen to our people there in Liberia god is love god can save you if you get Baptist with water and the holy spirit and fire of jesus christ

  5. From the words used, I am led to believe that the author, the family and even the boy all believe in witchcraft. Is that right? What a very scary way to live. You all know that it is nonsense, right? At least those of you who can read, write, cipher numbers and think reasonably. During my time in Liberia I heard of this witchcraft business and talked to certain people around me about it. If Liberia is to move ahead and become a viable entity in today’s world, its people need to get educated and stop believing in nonsense.

  6. In my humble opinion, the whole thing boils down to the criminal justice system of Liberia. Will the courts intervene, and if so, will Yarma Yango be prosecuted to the fullest extent?

    Conclusion:
    Yango must be punished. Yango has committed a murder!

  7. Eight year old Tom is yet another victim of a a belief system spawned out of dark religiosity based on a mighty dread of the evil supernatural. This 42 year old self appointed prayer woman preyed on the vulnerability of child by charging and finding guilty of witchcraft, a practice of which he knew nothing.

    Unfortunately and alarmingly, most Liberians, (even some highly educated ones) naturally turn to witchcraft as the defitive cause of just about anything that goes wrong. Family members are pitted against each other and relationships are ruined by false accusations and suspension. This primeval belief system that cannot accept natural causes for the majority of things that do go wrong will always have an endless supply of accused witches and ‘the demon-possessed. Lately, the gospel has been remodeled in such a way that religious ideas have been hijacked by certain individuals such that fear of the devil looms large and which requires certain prayers, chants, holy oils, fasting, etc. be given to solicit God’s help.

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