OFOSU DEBRAH, the man who invoked the spirit of Antoa Nyamaa, the dreaded river deity in the Ashanti Region, was reportedly kidnapped on Tuesday.
He requested the deity to strike dead assemblymen who campaigned for their positions during last year’s local level election in the name of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) but had refused to vote for Nana Kofi Senya – an NPP man – as the Presiding Member (PM) of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA).
Mr Debrah claimed that he was in a commercial vehicle at Anloga, a suburb of Kumasi, heading towards his workplace early in the morning when some stoutly-built men, led by one Chief, assemblyman of Afful Nkwanta Electoral Area, ordered the vehicle to stop and was kidnapped.
He was convinced that the incident was in connection with the curses that he invoked with regards to the KMA PM polls, threatening that he would haul his captors to the law court for embarrassing him in public, in the coming days.
Mr Ofosu Debrah stated that the ‘macho’ men bundled him into a waiting vehicle and hauled him straight to the Manhyia Police Station, as if he was a criminal, adding that all pleas by him to the stoutly-built men to exercise patience and treat him with some respect fell on deaf ears.
According to the NPP man, his captors told the police that he had invoked curses in connection with the KMA’s impending PM election – an action which they claimed had stalled the poll – and so they had dragged him to the police station for him to revoke the curses.
The police, Debrah said on Otec FM, told the men that spiritual matters are not handled at the police station suggested that the matter be sent to the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to be resolved amicably.
Debrah said at the palace he told the chiefs about how the ‘macho’ men, led by the Afful Nkwanta assemblyman, kidnapped and hauled him to the palace as if he was a criminal, destroying his (Debrah’s) mobile phones in the process.
He said the chiefs said they did not order the men to bring him to the palace in that disrespectful manner, adding that they (chiefs) then ordered the Afful Nkwanta assemblyman to slaughter two sheep over his weird action.
Mr Debrah said the chiefs told him (Debrah) to visit the palace on Wednesday morning so that steps would be taken to reverse the curses.
He stated categorically that his right as a citizen of the country was infringed upon by the traditional rulers and the kidnappers. “I will drag the Afful Nkwanta assemblyman and his men to court for kidnapping me,” he threatened.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi