The Police in Tema have commenced investigations into a case of fortification rituals involving the stool father of the Prampram Traditional Area, Numo Osabu Abbey.
A report in The Chronicle stated Nuumo Abbey has been accused by two young men of causing their blood to be extracted for ritual purposes meant to fortify them in their land guard activities.
The two, Martey Kodie, 22, and Daniel Anertey Abbey, 23, also claimed that their lives were being threatened after they were initiated into a cult but later opted out.
The report cited a source at the Police Headquarters to have confirmed the arrest and subsequent bail of Nuumo Osabu Abbey over the matter.
According to the report, the whole saga of fortification came about when Martey and Anertey Abbey, part of a land guard group allegedly created by the stool father, were invited to the latter’s home at Prampram one night to receive payment for a job done.
When they arrived, they and other members of the group were introduced to a fetish priest said to have come from Kasoa to fortify them.
The priest reportedly asked them into a shrine situated in the house of the stool father and ordered to undress and squat. They were made to hold GH¢10 notes each while a fowl was killed.
The fowl’s blood was mixed with spices and poured in front the group and they were made to recite oaths of loyalty to the stool father and the group.
The priest ordered the members to lick with their tongues and swallow the blood mixture direct from the ground. After that, they were taken through a stage of where they cut parts of their bodies with razor blades for the fetish priest to insert some black powder into the cuts.
The priest threw eggs onto their chests chest and gave them an alcoholic drink mixed with the black powder for them to swallow. He later killed a white goat and poured its blood into a bucket before taking the land guards to the local cemetery at midnight for a continuation of the rituals.
At the cemetery, he commanded them to surround a pit in which the dead goat, bucket containing blood and other unseen items were dumped as he chanted.
All of a sudden, a pall of smoke billowed from the pit followed by a loud explosion. Back home and to the shrine of the stool father, each person was stripped naked and bathed with the concoction in the bucket from the cemetery.
The dead goat was used to prepare light soup, the meat fed on without breaking a single bone. With the end of the rituals, the group members were informed of their initiation, fortification, loyalty to the stool father in all things and allowed to go back to their respective homes.
But Martey Kodie and Anertey Abbey were not interested anymore and absented themselves from further activities of the land guard establishment creating panic among members.
After some time, unknown persons started knocking on their windows at midnight with threats to eliminate them for betraying the stool father.
On Wednesday, July 25, the Police Intelligence Directorate at the headquarters, in collaboration with the Tema Regional Police Command, embarked on a massive operation at Prampram.
The prime suspect, Numo Osabu Abbey together with 15 others, were arrested. When the stool father’s house was searched, three locally-made single barreled guns, two pump action guns, a military water bottle and an easy snap HD camera were retrieved.
Numo Abbey has since been granted police enquiry bail whilst efforts are underway to locate the said Kasoa-based fetish priest.