An 84-year old Ghanaian is facing legal charges for allegedly keeping her 50-year old son chained up in a single room for ten years on suspicion of his being a wizard. Kofi Menka, a former businessman and member of the Dome Royal Family in Offinso, Ghana is reportedly suffering from malnutrition and mutism as a result of his long incarceration and has been placed into the care of his younger brother. Journalists visiting Menka have indicated that "his beard, mustache and head had not seen razor for several months while his nails have grown long". Authorities have advised Menka's brother (who is also the current Dome chief) to send him to a psychiatric hospital for specialized care.
While an official complaint has been laid against Menka's mother, Akua Bio, with the Offinso police, the Committee of Human Rights and Administrative Justice has yet to launch an investigation. According to family sources, she had Menka imprisoned after he had been cursed by a female trader.