The fate of a fetish priest who allegedly defrauded a Prestea-based trader on the pretext of doubling his (trader’s) money for him, would be determined by a circuit court in Accra next Thursday.
Benjamin Doe (alias Ben Doe), the fetish priest resident at Adjen Kotoku in the Greater Accra Region, is standing trial at the Accra Circuit Court “One” for collecting GH¢21,540.00 from Mr. Joseph Acquah and making a false claim to the effect that he could double the amount to GH¢80,000.00.
The court was told that Mr. Acquah came into contact with the fetish priest after seeing an advertisement on a private TV station, Amansan TV, indicating that Doe could help people to grow their businesses spiritually.
Mr. Acquah showed interest and travelled from Prestea in the Western Region, to the residence of Doe at Adjen Kotoku in the Greater Accra Region, and consulted him for help.
According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Madam Adisatu Suleman, the fetish priest mentioned the names of his gods such as “No dry pockets”, “Sika Duro” and “Bosom Sika” and asked the complainant if he was interested in any.
She said Mr. Acquah enthusiastically opted for the god which could double his money for him.
The prosecution said Doe then demanded GH¢8,000.00 which he would double to GH¢80,000.00.
He later collected additional GH¢13,540.00 to buy some items, including four tins of “Saturday Night Powder”, to purify the gods, but all to no avail.
Suspicious of the conduct of the fetish priest as money-doubler, Mr. Acquah, reported the matter to the police when he could not retrieve the total amount of GH¢21,540.00.
The accused, who opened his defence yesterday, denied defrauding Mr. Acquah and stated that he (accused) was a fetish priest who helped people spiritually to grow their businesses and not a money doubler.
Mr. Aboagye Tandoh adjourned the case to April 28, for judgement.
By Castro Zangina-Tong