An Aflao Circuit Court has sentenced a 30-year-old fetish priest to 10 years imprisonment for selling a gun.
The court presided over by Ali Baba Abature handed Elvis Apedo aka Gborgbor the sentence after it had found him culpable.
Although Gborgbor, pleaded not guilty to stealing the court was convinced that the priest sold an AK 47 rifle with 15 rounds of ammunition, a property of the Ghana Police to Edo Akpalu a Togolese businessman.
In the course of the trial, Detective Inspector Michael Akemo, said about seven inmates escaped from Police cell at Denu under the cover of darkness making away with two AK 47 rifles with 50 rounds of ammunition in 2015.
According to him, the leader and mastermind of the escape Kwaku Azasu, alias Voyo 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 re-arrest.
“The rifles were kept in the shrine for so-called safe keeping before the suspects fled into hiding following Apedo’s advice” he stressed.
He said Apedo later took advantage and exhumed one of the guns with number 1062 with rounds of ammunition and sold it to a Togolese business man, Edo Akpalu at CFA30,000, the equivalent to GH¢250.
The prosecution said months after Voyo, who was arrested at his hide-out in Lome and has since been tried and convicted by the same court, exposed Apedo as the one keeping the rifles.
He said when Apedo got wind that he has been exposed, he went into hiding changing locations until his arrest by the police at Dzodze, leading to the arrest of Akpalu who has also since been prosecuted and convicted for receipt of stolen property after pleading guilty and the rifle retrieved.
By: Abigail Karikari