Ebenezer Atsu, 32 years and Shepherd Acolatse, 55, according Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Francis Doku, approached a shrine with the names of Akuof-Addo, Asantehene, Jean Mensah, among others to cast a spell on them to cancel the referendum on the creation of new regions.
Ebenezer Atsu, 32 years and Shepherd Acolatse, 55, according Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Francis Doku, approached a shrine with the names above, including some other prominent personalities to cast a spell on them to cancel the referendum on the creation of new regions.
The two men hail from Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region, the police said, and identified the fetish priest as Festus Kwashie Babanao.
“The purpose of these two young men approaching the shrine is to cast a spell on those that I have mentioned in order that they will call for the cancellation of the referendum in the Oti Region,"DCOP Doku said.
“Now you’d recall that I keep saying that they are up to all manner of things and we, on our part as the security body responsible for the maintenance of internal security, will do everything within our power to ensure that the referendum is held devoid of any security threats or manifestations."
DCOP Doku said they were sen by their collaborators outside the region, saying their are withholding the names of the collaborators for security reasons.
"We are following up on the information that they have provided to us and we’ll want to believe that in the next few days, we’ll call you to give you an update on how far we’ve gone with the investigations." he said.
“But they [suspects] keep saying that they set out to do what they went to do on their own. Now listening to the herbalist, it turned out that when he got the information about their purpose of being at the shrine, he quickly called the police, because, according to him, he is not interested. He is not somebody who undermines the security of the state. And, so, we’re most grateful that he’s done this."
He continued: “We want to extend this invitation to other spiritualists who may be approached with issues regarding the threat of the security of the state or the security of individuals or organisations to desist from such engagements."
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“We have been reliably informed through our intelligence that the Western Togoland group is solidly behind this move. We want to sound a caution to them that if they think they have a case, they should go through the normal process but not to interfere in the impending referendum."
“If they do, we’ll crush them. We’ll not sit down for anybody to take the law into their own hands. They have started their course, the process is there, they know which processes to go through. They must pursue those processes. If they extend their activities towards impeding the referendum, we will not allow that to happen. As we speak, the Minister of Regional Reorganisation, the Regional Minister and other stakeholders are having a meeting in Worawora to shape up the impending referendum. Their security is assured”, the police commander said.