Okomfo Yaw Appiah, a voodoo priest, says the police blocked him from attending a highly-publicised spiritual duel with Bishop Daniel Obinim in Kumasi on Tuesday.
According to him, the Suame police in Kumasi held him under house arrest, making it impossible for him to confront Obinim in the spiritual duel.
Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer ASP Mohammed Tanko has, however, disputed Okomfo Yaw's account of events, noting that he was not put under house arrest, but held in protective custody.
ASP Tanko told pulse.com.gh that the police held him in protective custody after receiving intelligence that some supporters of Obinim were planning to attack the voodoo priest in his house.
He rejected the claim that the voodoo priest was prevented from attending the duel, stressing that if he indeed wanted to attend, the police could have escorted him there.
The duel was arranged after Okomfo Yaw claimed to be the source of Bishop Obinim’s spiritual powers, and vowed to strip the pastor of the powers.
In response, Obinim challenged the voodoo priest to the spiritual duel at the Jubilee Park, which was supposed to see both men take turns to sleep in a coffin for thirty minutes.
The duel should have come off last week in the studios of Accra-based Happy FM, but Obinim did not show up to meet Okomfo Yaw.
Obinim arrived at the Jubilee Park in Kumasi with a coffin for the confrontation, but after several hours of waiting, he left, with his jubilant supporters claiming victory.
The expectant large crowd that had gathered at the park to witness what they thought would be a spectacle had to disperse in disappointment.