Court remands Fetish Priest for possessing guns and military items

Court remands Fetish Priest for possessing guns and military items

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A Circuit Court in Accra has remanded a Fetish Priest into custody for having guns and military accoutrements in his possession without lawful authority. The Accused, Bernard Ayi Amegavi was charged with two counts of possessing firearms and military accoutrements respectively but he denied the charges leveled against him by the Police when he appeared before the presiding judge, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh.

The court accordingly remanded the Accused into lawful custody to reappear on the 18th of March, 2016.

Hours earlier, Prosecution informed the court that the Complainants are Policemen from the Mamprobi Police Station while the Accused, Bernard Ayi Amegavi is a fetish priest who lives at Mamprobi in Accra.

Prosecution said that on the 29th of February, 2016, an informant alerted the Police that the Accused had in his possession guns and was also seen in military uniform, adding that after the arrest of the Accused, Complainants escorted the Accused to his room in Mamprobi and a search was conducted after which a pump action gun and a pistol were found.

The Prosecutor also told the court that on the 1st of March, 2016, the police again escorted the Accused to his room and after further search, a set of military uniforms with the Accused person’s name tag with the rank of a Sergeant boldly displayed on it together with two ‘desert’ boots, were found in the Accused person’s room but he could not produce any documents covering the two guns.

‘In the Accused person’s investigation Caution Statement, he admitted before an Independent Witness that the guns, uniform and the boots were retrieved from his room but he could not lead the Police to where he got them from’, Prosecution asserted.