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Crime & Punishment Fri, 14 Mar 2008

Nyinahin Police Hunts for Dubious Pastor

Nyinahin (Ash) March 14, GNA- The Nyinahin Police in the Atwima-Mponua District of Ashanti has mounted a man-hunt for a self-styled evangelist who succeeded in duping several people in Otaakrom of their monies running into several thousands of Ghana cedis. The Evangelist known only as Pastor Isaac, together with his accomplice, Kwaku Tawiah, are alleged to have collected monies ranging between GH¢ 30 and GH¢ 60 from several inhabitants of the village under the pretext of praying to fortify them spiritually against evil spirits.

They are also alleged to have stolen a video deck, belonging to Mr. Kwasi Boakye, who offered a room for the suspects to offer prayers to the unsuspecting victims. A police source at Nyinahin told the Ghana News Agency that several people from Otaakrom had reported fraud cases against the suspects, who are currently on the run. Mr. Boakye told the GNA after making a report to the police that, "Pastor" Isaac came to the town with his assistant, Tawiah and started preaching from one church to another. He said he offered his room to Isaac and his accomplice to enable them carry on with their missionary work. Mr. Boakye said the suspects then began to collect monies from the local inhabitants in order to pray for them.

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He said the people became alarmed and started murmuring over the behaviour of the "pastors". He said, while the people were contemplating what to do about the situation, the so called men of God vanished from the town with his video deck which was in their room.

Source: GNA
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