Pastor’s ‘killer’ for psychiatric examination

Francis Nabegmado, the man who allegedly stabbed Rev. David Mankrom Nabegmado, head pastor of the Community 4 Central Assembly of God (AG) Church in Tema to death has been sent to the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital to determine his mental state of health.

 

This followed a directive by the TDC District Court on Wednesday, where the suspect was arraigned on a provisional charge of murder.

 

The court presided over by Madam Akosua Anokyewaa Agyapong, remanded Francis into prison custody to reappear on January 17.

 

His plea was not taken.

 

The Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent Joseph Benefo-Darkwah, who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times added that the suspect was cooperating with the police in their investigations.

 

Rev. David Mankrom Nabegmado, died on Sunday after he was knifed to death by Francis Nabegmado, alleged to be his nephew.

 

The incident took place in the head pastor’s office moments before he was due to deliver the sermon on the December 31 watchnight session.

 

The incident threw the congregation who were putting finishing touches to the 50th anniversary celebration of the church’s founding into bewilderment.

 

The Ghanaian Times gathered that around 10a.m. Sunday, the suspect, sporting a dark jacket over white pants and holding a briefcase entered the reverend minister’s office.

 

At the time two other ministers who were interacting with Rev. Nabegmado left the room so he could have a private conversation with his nephew.

 

Francis was said to have taken advantage of their absence to stab him in the neck and chest with a double edged dagger.

 

After committing the act, he fled the scene but one of the pastors heard Rev. Nabegmado groaning in pain and went in only to see him bleeding and he raised the alarm.

 

Members of the community gave the suspect a chase, arrested and handed him over to the police.

 

Police retrieved the dagger, matches, a bottle of locally brewed gin and turpentine which were in the briefcase.

 

Rev. Nabegmado was sent to the Tema General Hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival. The body has been deposited at the same hospital morgue for post-mortem examination.

 

Francis, a private security man lived with the (uncle) pastor, before moving out to fend for himself.

 

The suspect after his arrest told journalists at the Tema Regional Police Station that he carried out the act because the pastor seized some gods belonging to him (Francis) and pleas to him to release them failed.

 

He alleged that his uncle had teamed up with a spiritualist called Musah at Kumbungu in the Northern region to kill him but that failed and he decided to retaliate.

 

Meanwhile, the General Superintendent of the AG, Rev. Prof. Frimpong Manso and the Accra East Regional Secretary of the A G, Rev. Alfred Kweku Akumbie, have visited the church to console members and the bereaved family.

 

A statement released by the church and signed by the General Superintendent, Rev. Prof. Frimpong Manso, urged all to be calm and pray for the family.

 

The deceased was survived by a wife and four daughters.

FROM GODFRED B. GIBBAH TEMA.

 

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