Rev Owusu Bempah arrested; faces court today
The Founder and Leader of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International, Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah, has been arrested for attacking police officers.
Three other members of his church have also been picked up while two are on the run. The other three suspects are Michael Boateng, Frederick Ohene and Nathaniel Agyekum.
A police team stormed the church on Sunday, September 12, to arrest the suspects in connection to multiple videos containing threats and brandishing of weapons.
However, church members allegedly assaulted some of the police personnel under the direction of Rev Owusu Bempah, Director-General of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Kwesi Ofori, explained.
He added that the injured cops have received medical attention and responded to treatment.
The suspects are currently in custody and expected to appear before court today [Monday, September 13].
The police have assured that “impartial investigations shall continue in this matter and the public will be duly updated”.
Several videos have been circulating on social media in which junior church pastors brandished weapons amidst threats to attack Nana Agradaa, a fetish priestess who claims to be born again.
In one of the videos, two persons were seen issuing threats against Nana Agradaa and dared her to reveal her location for a clash.
The other waved a foreign-made pistol as he indicated that they were ready to face Nana Agradaa’s men.
In another video, the man who flashed the pistol claimed he had a licence for the weapon and could use it at will.
He vowed to “finish” anyone who would cross his path.
In the Twi language, he claimed laws do not work in Ghana, for which reason one could commit murder and escape punishment.
“In Ghana, you can kill someone and walk freely. It was my property I brandished, and no one can do anything about it.”
Prior to that, Rev Owusu Bempah and some men had besieged the Kokrobite residence of Nana Agradaa. They threatened to beat her up for raining insults on the head pastor of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International.
Nana Agradaa stayed indoors for hours and Rev Owusu Bempah was heard saying that Nana Agradaa had failed to show up.
After some minutes, Nana Agradaa appeared on top of her storey building and recorded a live video on social media about Rev Owusu Bempah’s presence and armed thugs at the premises of her residence.
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A team of law enforcement officers were dispatched to the scene to ensure calm.
Rev Owusu Bempah was later heard in a video saying the “battle had started” and threatened to deal with Nana Agradaa.
He explained that his junior pastors had responded to Nana Agradaa’s insults several times, but he was “ready” to face her personally.
One of the videos of the altercation is below: