Sakawa Boy House Attacked

Sakawa boy, Motia FatherThe Kokrobite residence of Nana Azumbi, aka Motia Father, was yesterday vandalized by irate members of the public when they descended on the location.

By the time they were done with venting their anger, items associated with occult practices were scattered all over the place.

The action took place after the principal character and some of his accomplices had been arraigned by the Nima Police.

Victims of the alleged sakawa or fraudulent activities of the 20-year-old man got rowdy in the premises of the Accra court where he and his accomplices were arraigned, and in the event, damaged a police vehicle in which the suspect was being conveyed out of the facility.

Upon learning of the arrest of the sakawa man, about whom some of them had resigned to fate since it appeared he was untouchable, they trooped to the court to catch a glimpse of him and if possible, make their claims.

It was double agony for one of the victims as a bag- his remaining property after the suspect had drained him of all his earthly possessions- was stolen when he left it outside the courtroom.
He was said to have brought it to the court to underscore his plight after coming in contact with the suspect.

It can only be imagined what would have happened to the suspect had the many aggrieved persons laid hands on him.

Nana Azumbi was yesterday remanded in custody by the Accra Circuit Court along with four of his accomplices for allegedly duping unsuspecting persons to the tune of thousands of Ghana cedis.

They were charged, in a court presided over by D.E.K. Daketsey, with defrauding by false pretences and their pleas were not taken. Those on trial with Motia Father were Alex Konadu, Malik Jabil, Kwame Adu Twum and Ernest Darko.

The accused persons, who were arrested by the Nima Police Station with two snakes, were said to have advertised their money doubling prowess on an Accra based radio station, Asempa FM, and many people including the complainant, Joseph Agbeko, went to see them.

The prosecuting officer who presented the facts of the case, DSP E.K. Frimpong, told the court that the accused persons in April 2009 at Asylum Down, a suburb of Accra, told Joseph Agbeko that they could multiply whatever amount he had brought to them.

He said they then made him part with a sum of GH¢3,600 under the pretext that the money would be multiplied and then told him to see them later for his money.

According to him, the accused persons, who failed to multiply the money, always gave excuses whenever he went to them for it, which made him suspicious; so he reported the matter to the police and they were apprehended.

In addition, he said they were subsequently arraigned after police concluded investigations.     

The court has however remanded them to re-appear on May 8.

There was drama on an Accra FM radio station yesterday when a man posing as the suspect, Nana Azumbi aka Motia Father, fielded questions about his activities.

When ACP Awuni Angwubutoge was asked whether the suspect had been granted bail, he answered in the negative, explaining that at the time the suspect was said to be speaking on air, he had been sent to court.

“How could he speaking to the radio station when he was still in the custody of the Police?” he asked rhetorically.

The Nima Police, it would be recalled, descended on Kokrobite and arrested the suspect after receiving reports about his alleged fraudulent practices.

Two snakes which he uses in the rituals associated with his trade of improving the financial status of his clients were also recovered but handed over to officials of the Department of Game & Wildlife who would keep them in trust. 

By A.R. Gomda & Fidelia Achama