4 Fetish Priests Defraud 13 Of GH¢86,394

Togbe ShitoFour fetish priests (spiritualists) in the Eastern Region who defrauded 13 people of a total of GH¢86,394 have been apprehended by the Eastern Regional Police Command.

They took the money under the pretext of helping the victims to overcome their financial problems, and become rich.

They are Nana Yaw Sofehu, also known as Togbe Shitor, 32, based at Kukurantumi, Farouk Alhassan, also known as Okomfo Anokye Ketewa, 32, and Ibrahim Alhassan, 26, both based at Okorasi and Adjei Emmanuel, also known as Agbey, 31, of Koforidua Zongo.

Togbe Shitor is said to have defrauded seven people of  GH¢42,364, Okomfo Anokye, GH¢13,630, from three people,  Ibrahim Alhassan,  GH¢6,900 from one person while two people parted with GH¢23,500 to Adjei Emmanuel.

The dockets on the cases have been forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Department, for advice.

The Eastern Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Yaagy Akuribah who disclosed this to the media here, and described the activities of these so-called spiritualists as criminal and blamed some television and radio stations for promoting their activities, through incredible advertisements.

During the interrogations of the victims, it was realised that the spiritualists lured them through such dubious advertisements in the media, claiming have solutions to financial problems and the doubling or multiplying of money.

The Eastern Regional Police Commander further stated that the police had picked signals that the spiritualists’ activities required the spilling of blood, that the more blood one spilt, the more money one got.

“It is therefore, not surprising that accidents of late involve the knocking down of, at least, three pedestrians or more at a time, leading to their deaths mostly in Akropong, Kukurantumi and Akoti,” he stated.

DCOP Akuribah noted that previously, fraud cases involved suspects taking monies from unsuspecting victims under the pretext of securing them travel documents, lands or  goods and vehicles among others.

“However, the trend has assumed a different dimension, with the suspects now advertising themselves either on radio, television or on huge bill boards,” he stressed.

DCOP Akuribah appealed to the Media Commission, the Ghana Journalists Association, and the Traditional Medicine Practice Council, among others, to step up their regulatory role and sanction media houses which promote fraud or revoke the licences of spiritualists engaged in such practices.

“Parliament should also take it upis through an individual sponsored motion”, while adding that Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies should consider reviewing the granting of permits for the erection of bill boards by spiritualists, he intimated.

He advised the public not to glorify riches it as it creates undue pressure on the less successful who, instead of working hard, opt for the fast and easy way, to get rich.

From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua

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