DAUDA Yakubu, alias Baffour, a 28-year-old spiritualist, has been remanded into police custody by the Koforidua District Magistrate Court ?A? presided over by Mrs. Cynthia Wiredu, for an alleged murder.

The accused will reappear in court on June 4 after the prosecutor, Sergeant Owusu Ababio, had prayed that the accused be remanded as police awaited serological report on blood samples sent to the laboratory.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Owusu, presenting the facts of the case, told the court that the complainant in the case is a trader and Mmabaahemaa of Obuo-Tumpan near Nyamekrom in the New Juaben Municipality of the Eastern Region, whiles the accused person is a resident of Appietu near Suhum in the same region.
Sergeant Owusu disclosed that on 18 May, 2014, at about 8:30 am, the accused, driving a white Nissan Premeira GX car with registration number GE 1988 X ? which had blood stains on the bonnet ? pulled up from a town called Akorabo and parked on a bridge at Obuo-Tumpan and headed for the Densu River.

The youth in the area, sensing something strange, attempted to arrest the accused but he took to his heels and later threatened to stab anyone who came near him. However, the incensed youth managed to overpower Dauda Yakubu and handed him over to the police who arrived at the scene.

According to the prosecutor, a search by the police revealed seven cutlasses, an amount of GH?1,831, ?juju? beads, bottles of Schnapps, and a knife.

The prosecutor said in Yakubu?s caution statement, he claimed that he was possessed by the Densu River deity as a mechanic and was directed to perform some rituals to cleanse himself and the car.

Yakubu Dawuda told the police that the blood stain on the knife and the vehicle was that of a foul he slaughtered for the rituals, but the foul was nowhere to be found, neither were the feathers.

 By Daniel Bampoe


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