Two of the accused persons standing trial with Prophet Daniel Nkansah, a failed presidential aspirant and founder of the New Vision Pentecostal Church in Accra over robbery charges, have said they were given GH¢2.00 each for their services.
The accused persons said the amount was part of a GH¢100.00 Prophet Nkansah had given them to share after succeeding in sacking Stephen Ped Andam, a tenant in one of the stores of the prophet at Atico, Accra.
They said the money, according to Prophet Nkansah, was for ‘pure water’ and not as payment for the supposed robbery.
Led in evidence by counsel C. A. Chambers, Joseph Tetteh, a painter and the third accused person in the case, said he was at the labour office when Prophet Nkansh came to transport him to the scene of the indecent.
Insisting he and the others did not conspire or rob the complainant, he posited that Prophet Nkansah could not have contracted him to commit the said offence.
Joseph stated that all he knew was that Nkansah had asked him to go and sack an occupant in his store who was attacking his (Nkansah’s) son.
During cross-examination, Joseph Tetteh told the court, presided over by Francis Obiri, that he was not holding a crowbar as captured on a supposed CCTV footage presented to the court by the prosecution.
He indicated that it was rather one Sarfo who was wielding the said tool.
In an answer to a question posed by the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Eddie Afful, Joseph told the court that although he opened one of the drawers in the office of the complainant, he did not take anything from it.
He argued that he was looking for a pen to write the names of the people Prophet Nkansah had brought to the place.
Fourth Accused Testifies Taking his turn to testify in the case, James Quansah Afful also a painter and member of the church of the controversial pastor cum politician, was emphatic that he did not know any of the complainants in the case.
Corroborating the story of Joseph, he said he was also at the labour office when Prophet Nkansah came to call him for the afore-stated mission.
He stated that he was at the entrance of the shop when he heard the sound of a broken glass in the complainant’s shop.
Quansah Afful indicated during cross-examination that even the complainant in his evidence in the court said he (Quansah Afful) was not part of those who entered the shop.
Prophet Nkansah is facing six counts of conspiracy to rob and robbery with his son, Boahene Nkansah Jnr and eight others – two of who are currently on the run.
They are said to have robbed Andam on February 1 of his Samsung S4, iPhone, Dell laptop with charger, cheque books, international driver’s licence, certificates, iPad 32GB and GH¢55,000.
Prophet Nkansah, in connivance with his son and the 10 others, are also alleged to have made away with a Blackberry Q10 mobile phone and GH¢500 belonging to one Geshon Essel, while another person, Billy Apeku Ken, also claims his Samsung mobile phone, Dell laptop and GH¢750 had gone missing.
The fourth complainant, Isaac Tetteh Korgbey, is also accusing the prophet and the 11 others of the disappearance of his Dell laptop and Sony video camera. One Emmanuel Nana Kwaku Badu has also complained of his missing wallet containing GH¢1,000 and ID cards.
Both Prophet Nkansah, his son and the others have all denied the charges.
Sitting continues on February 23, 2015.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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