Mentally challenged man sets mother’s house ablaze in Takoradi

Mentally challenged man sets mother’s house ablaze in Takoradi

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A mentally challenged man in his late 20’s has this morning set his mother’s single-room apartment on fire at the P.W.D Quarters near Zenith Hotel in Takoradi.

The fire which caused a lot of stare in the vicinity has destroyed items that worth thousands of Ghana cedis including everything in a next-door neighbour’s apartment.


In the early hours of Tuesday 21st November 2017 a young man whose name as only giving as Mawu returned from his hide out and tried entering her mother’s room. When all effort to open the door proved futile, Mawu jumped the wall and the next thing neighbour’s saw was a thick smoke emanating from the house.


The mother who left home because of her son’s mental illness which became intense last Saturday has since not returned.

According to neighbours, Mawu, due to his mental illness which started about a year ago has been wrecking havoc in the area.

On Saturday, 18th November, they said he beat up an old man in the area for no reason at all and the case was reported to the police. But the police according to the neighbours were unwilling to arrest him because of his mental state.


After setting the house on fire, Mawu was bound by his neighbours together with some by-standers and has since been handed over to the police awaiting interrogation and to assist in investigation.


Sister Afia in an interview with Spice FM’s Godwin Kpade lamented that she has lost everything in her room as well as a sum of one thousand two hundred Ghana cedis (GHc1,200) which she received as a loan to pay her bill including her children’s school fees.


“I run outside out of fear, forgetting to take the money along with me. I am not even wearing a pant as I talk to you”.


She said her creditors will be coming for their money this afternoon, “now I’ve lost everything,” she sobbingly added.


Though no casualties were recorded, properties destroyed by the fire runs into millions of Ghana cedis.

When Spice Fm reporters got to the scene, personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service were busily dousing the flames.

According to an eyewitness, the fire fighters arrived close to an hour after the distress call was made to them, thus, very little could be done to salvage the situation.

Meanwhile Officials from the Electricity Company of Ghana were also at the scene disconnecting lines to avoid further damage to properties.

By: Godwin Kpade/