Why Okyenhene Failed To Remove Alien Shrines
An attempt by the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, to remove all alien shrines from the Akyem Abuakwa State has been obstructed by legal threats.
As a result, the exercise, which was primarily meant to purge the traditional area of criminal elements and their safe havens, has been halted.
This was disclosed to The Chronicle by the Okyehene’s State Secretary, Mr Dan Ofori Atta, in a telephone interview yesterday, Sunday.
According to the State Secretary, the order, which was directed to the chiefs, was met with legal threats pouring in from lawyers on the instructions of owners of the affected deities.
According to him, the lawyers referred the Okyenhene of the constitutional and human rights violations should they carry out their threat to destroy the alien shrines.
The State Secretary continued that operators of these deities are well resourced because their services are patronised by wealthy people. He bemoaned the habit of land grabbers who offered such properties to the deities.
He stated that if the exercise was allowed last year, the incident at Kasoa would have been prevented.
According to him, the new deity at Amanase, where the ‘Sakawa boys’ visited to seek spiritual powers for money rituals, lies in the geographical area of Mame Dede, near Adeiso, in the Upper West Akyem District, where together with Teacher Mante and others, have become the enclave of foreign deities.
In May last year, the Okyenhene ordered the removal of all alien shrines from his traditional area, following the exhumation of bodies from a power spiritual and herbal center at Mame Dede, near Adeiso, in the Upper West Akyem District of the Eastern Region.
A 64-year-old Biochemist, Edward Quartey Papafio, who lived in Kasoa, fell prey to the activities of money doublers. He was killed and his body buried on the compound of the deity.
Studious efforts by the Anti-Armed Robbery Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department exposed the activities of those in charge of the deity.
A massive operation, led personally by the Director General of the CID, Commissioner of Police (COP), Mr Ken Yeboah, uncovered other human remains buried in the compound.
Currently, on the radar of the CID is one Oscar Modzaka, aka Torgbui Buzanga, for the ritual murder of a certain Kwesi Zomelo.
According to the owner of Power Spiritual and Herbal Center, Christian Lawoe Gameli, aka Power 1, and his trainee, Famous Adokunu, aka Famous, both presently in custody, Zomelo was lured to the shrine at Mame Dede by Torgbui Buzanga where he was slaughtered.
Torgbui Buzanga reportedly asked for his head and limbs, which request was honoured.