-A fetish priest has been arrested after he was exposed for selling a stolen weapon
-He went into hiding after news broke and was later arrested
A fetish priest who sold an AK 47 rifle with 15 rounds of ammunition, a property of the Ghana Police, to a Togolese businessman has been jailed 10 years by a Circuit Court at Aflao in the Volta Region.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Ghanaweb.com, the fetish priest, Elvis Apedo, aka Gborgbor, 30, pleaded not guilty to stealing, but the court presided over by Mr. Ali Baba Abature thought otherwise after trial.
In presenting the case, prosecuting Detective, Inspector Michael Akemo, told the court that sometime in 2015, seven inmates escaped from a Police cell at Denu under the cover of darkness and made away with two AK 47 rifles with 50 rounds of ammunition.
Inspector Michael Akemo said Kwaku Azasu, aka Voyo, the leader and mastermind of the escape led his colleagues to the house of Apedo at Gomashie-Tagba in Aflao, where he performed rituals for the suspects to fortify them spiritually against another arrest.
The prosecutor said on the fetish priest’s advice, the rifles were kept in the shrine for safe keeping after which the escaped suspects went into hiding.
According to the case, Apedo later took one of the guns and some rounds of ammunition and sold it to a Togolese businessman, Edo Akpalu for CFA30,000, an equivalent of GH¢ 250.
The prosecution said months later, Azasu aka Voyo, who was arrested at his hide-out in Lomé, exposed Apedo as the one keeping the rifles the stole after the jailbreak.
He said when Apedo got wind that he has been exposed he went into hiding and kept changing locations to avoid any suspicions.
Apedo was later arrested by the police at Dzodze, which also led to the arrest of the Togolese businessman who bought the weapon.
The Togolese businessman has since been prosecuted and convicted for receipt of a stolen property after pleading guilty. The stolen rifles have however been retrieved.
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