The Man of God who was busted on Thursday over his attempt to bury a live 6-month-old dog has confessed while in Police custody that indeed “I buried the live dog”.
It emerged that had he succeeded in his bid, the number of maggots the decomposing carcass would have yielded, would have equaled the number of persons turning up at his church.
Prophet Nti Boahen, head pastor of the Fountain of Fire International Church at Chiraa in the Brong Ahafo Region escaped lynching by youth of the town after he was exposed and the six-month-old dog rescued from the hole in which it had been put.
Details about the esoteric manouvres of the pastor had begun appearing shortly after his exposure.
DAILY GUIDE learnt for instance that the Man of God was used to prescribing white dogs for people who consulted him over their worries.
One man who spoke on anonymity told DAILY GUIDE that during a consultation the pastor had asked him to provide a white dog so he could exorcise him of some evil spirits.
A white dog was also prescribed for clients who sought help from the pastor to get visas to travel outside the country, the anonymous person added.
A certain Kwame Nsiah who is a youth leader in Chiraa told DAILY GUIDE that the Man of God had for sometime now been suspected of using juju in his so-called spiritual work but since he had not been caught in the act, the concerns were reduced to mere rumours.
When DAILY GUIDE visited Chiraa on 17th April, 2008, the story was on the lips of almost every resident.
Nana Kwasi Amponsah, a 70-year-old farmer told the paper that the increasing use of juju by some churches was a cause for concern. This development, he went, on called for the intervention of the Christian Council of Ghana so that charlatans and criminals could be weeded out of the rungs of the clergy.
It was interesting to observe that barely two weeks after a Man of God was busted over juju at Kato in the Berekum District of the Brong Ahafo Region, another one was in trouble in Chiraa.
The story as reported by this paper in yesterday's edition had it that an eyewitness, Kwame Frafra heard the barking of a dog and was attracted to the premises of the church where the noise was coming from.
A curious Kwame asked the pastor about the barking dog but did not get an answer.
Together with some youth, Kwame managed to rescue the dog which lay in a hole with a brand new knife lying by its side.
Soon after the rescue, word reached the townsfolk who trooped to the scene, intent on lynching the pastor.
The Man of God raced to the nearby Police Station where personnel on duty placed him in cells to save him from imminent death.
The Sunyani Municipal Commander of Police, Superintendent Botwe told the media that the pastor had explained that he used the puppy to prepare some rituals for a certain Nii Tagoe, a member of his church.
From Eric Bawa, Chiraa