A TEACHER at the Kintampo Senior High School in the Brong Ahafo Region, Kwabena Baffoe Sarkodie, has taken politics to another level by allegedly invoking a river deity against Nana Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and some leading figures of the ruling party.
Mr Sarkodie was caught near the Ampoma river in the Kintampo area of the region with the names of Nana Addo and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Chairman of the NPP campaign team inscribed on a piece of paper while performing the rituals without the permission of the custodians of the river.
The bizarre act took place four days before the performance of the ritual by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) chieftain in the Ashanti region, Daniel Ohene Agyekum to Antoa Nyama and 30 other deities for action to be taken against some NPP gurus and journalists for tagging the main opposition party a violent party.
Ohene Agyekum's act continues to attract condemnation from across the country.
Because Mr. Sarkodie bypassed the High Priest of the Gyambibi shrine at Ampoma to perform the rituals at the river, he was made to present a sheep and bottles of Schnapps to appease the deity.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, a linguist of the high priest said on 10th October, 2008, Mr. Sarkodie was spotted near the sacred river with three AA bullets, a quantity of gunpowder and some eggs, performing the ritual.
When he was questioned as to what he was doing, he could not give any tangible reason and was taken to the palace of the high priest.
Those who apprehended him seized the items he was holding including an exercise book in which he had written the names of Nana Akufo-Addo, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the DCE of Jema, Yaw Adjei Duffour and the DCE of Kintampo, Awudulai Razak.
According to the linguist, no one is allowed to go to the sacred river to perform any ritual without the express permission of the high priest because one must be cleansed before embarking on a journey to the river.
He said even though Mr. Sarkodie said he was there to perform a ritual to seek protection from the Gyambibi deity, he could not explain why he had written the names of the above-mentioned people in the exercise book he was holding.
The linguist further told DAILY GUIDE that anyone who has any problem with another person is normally required to present bullets, gunpowder and some items to the deity for the performance of a ritual, but nobody could perform the ritual all by himself, hence the punitive measure against Mr. Sarkodie.
Ampoma is about three kilometers from Jema, the district capital of the Jema District and the hometown of the wife of the running mate of Professor Mills, Hon. John Dramani Mahama.
Meanwhile, the DCE of Jema, Yaw Adjei Duffuor has told DAILY GUIDE that he had reported the case to the Omanhene of Nkoranza Traditional Area, Okatakyie Agyemang Kodom IV since the abominable act took place in his domain.
But Mr. Sarkodie told a local radio station, Classic FM that he went to the river to seek the guidance of the deity against certain calamities that had befallen him, stressing that he had no intention of harming the said gentlemen whose names were found in the exercise book.
From Eric Bawah, Ampoma