Members of the ‘Christ’ family of Mentukwa, a village near Pokukrom in the Ahafo-Ano North District of the Ashanti Region, have been arraigned before an Accra circuit for trafficking a number people, including children, from Aflao in the Volta Region.
The accused persons – John Agbo aka Paul Christ, Veronica Agbo aka Ellen Christ, Alvous Bluvi aka Abraham Christ, Sampson Toto aka Aaron Christ, Kubode Raynold aka John The Revelator Christ, Innocent Anamu aka Isaac Christ, and Mary Ahiati aka Deborah Christ, who are leaders of the Maranatha Adventist Prayer Camp (MAPC), are facing charges of conspiracy and human trafficking.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them, and have been granted bail in the sum of GH¢7,000 with a surety each by the court, presided over by Ms. Sedinam Agbemava. They are expected to re-appear before court on May 14, 2013.
The facts, according to the Prosecutor, DSP Mary Abgozon, are that in the early part of this year, the police received intelligence information that the accused persons, who are leaders of Maranatha Adventists Prayer Camp located at Mentukwa near Pokukrom in the Ahafo-Ano South District in the Ashanti Region, were dealing in human trafficking.
According to the prosecution, the accused persons, who are former members of the Saturday Adventist Church at Aflao in the Volta Region, claimed they had a revelation that they should distance themselves from earthly activities, and move to an isolated place, precisely, a forest zone, since Jesus Christ was coming soon.
The Prosecutor further indicated that the accused persons, upon such misrepresentation, succeeded in recruiting eighteen victims, including children and women, and transported them from Aflao to Bibiani in the Western Region, and subsequently to Mentukwa, a farming community.
‘The accused persons denied the children and the other victims the basic necessities of life and health. Those who violated their orders were subjected to inhumane treatment, such as beatings and forced labour. [The] victims were forced to marry each other, and in the process, a thirteen year old girl was forced to marry a 27-year old man, all in the name of Christ. Investigations are still in progress,’ the prosecutor told the court.