25.08.2020 Social News

Police StudyIing ‘Killer’ Fetish Priests Calls, Chats

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The police are doing critical analysis of the telephone conversations including chats of the two notorious fetish priests being held in the gruesome murder of a Biochemistry consultant.

Investigators at the Information Technology (IT) Department of the Ghana Police Service are currently analyzing telephone conversations between the accused persons and the deceased to ascertain what actually transpired.

As a result, the case of Christian Awoe Gamelie aka Power-One and Famous Adukonu aka Scorpion, both of whom have been accused of murdering Edward Quartey Papafio, was adjourned until September 7, 2020 to enable the police to do thorough investigation.

Appearing before a Kaneshie District Court yesterday, the prosecution led by Detective Inspector Lawrence Anani prayed for an adjournment and the court, presided over by Magistrate Rosemond Agyiri, adjourned the matter to September 7 for continuation because the police were doing some checks as regards the matter.

Shooting Incident

The victim, who resided at Kasoa in the Central Region, was allegedly lured by Power-One and his accomplices under the pretext of doubling money for him and ended up shooting him dead at the shrine locate on the outskirts of Adu Kwadwo near Adeiso in the Eastern Region.

Power-One, 40, and Scorpion, 37, as well as Yaw Azamate, 27, are in prison custody pending their committal proceedings.

Court documents indicate that Power-One and Scorpion admitted to shooting Papafio with a pump-action gun on January 15, this year, and buried the corpse at the shrine.

The three, who are facing charges of conspiracy and murder, have had their pleas reserved until they are committed for trial at the High Court.

A bench warrant that was issued for the arrests of Michael Ahiavinye and one Buzanga who are believed to be connected with the crime is still in force.

Case Facts

The brief facts of the case presented in court indicated that the wife of the deceased, Reverend Mrs. Comfort Ruth Quartey Papafio, on January 17, 2020 reported that her husband had gone missing since January 15.

It said on receipt of the complaint, the police gathered intelligence that Papafio was last spotted at Power-One's shrine, which led to the arrest of Power-One and Scorpion on April 21.

Police Search

According to prosecution, a search conducted at the shrine revealed two pump-action guns, one single barrel gun, 11 packets of cartridges and seven other pieces of the cartridges from his room while two shovels were found hidden at the back of his house.

The prosecution said during interrogation, Power-One and Scorpion admitted shooting Papafio with a pump-action gun on January 15 and buried the corpse at their shrine.

He said on April 29, the two led the police to Power-One Herbal/Spiritual Centre where the police identified the deceased's grave in a makeshift cemetery behind Power-One's house, adding that the scene was secured and an exhumation order was obtained from the court for that purpose.

Body Exhumation

Prosecution said on April 30, a pathologist in the company of senior officers from the CID Headquarters, personnel from the Crime Scene Management Team, Forensic Science Laboratory, Drone Operation and CID/ Headquarters Operational Team, together with the two accused, exhumed the body of the deceased.

He said when the grave was dug, the decomposed body of Papafio was removed, and it was discovered that his grave was among other graves in the well-fenced cemetery.

Prosecution said investigations disclosed that on December 29, Power-One, Scorpion and Azamete conspired to kill Papafio, hence lured him with the assistance of one Buzanga, also a traditional priest at Kasoa.

Prosecution said before the murder, the accused intentionally made false statements to the deceased and succeeded in collecting GH¢10,650 from him through mobile money under the pretext of conjuring GH¢400,000 for him to establish his company.

He said Papafio was invited to the shrine on January 15 for purification and in the process Scorpion shot him with Power-One's gun.

The prosecution said the accused then drained Papafio's blood into a plastic gallon and hid it at the shrine while Power-One took possession of the mobile phones of the deceased and later buried him with the assistance of Azamate and Michael, who is also on the run.

---Daily Guide

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