Taxi driver faces court today for claiming to be a ritual murderer on TV

A 35-year-old Taxi Driver, Felix Ansah, will face court today [September 13] after the police arrested him for claiming on television that he has killed several persons for ritual purposes.

The Ghana Police Service confirmed his arrest, noting that he would be placed on remand for thorough investigations into the allegations.

The police, in a statement, said it had commenced investigations into “claims made by one Felix Ansah, in an interview he granted to Onua TV, on September 2, 2021, where he alleged that he had killed several persons for ritual purposes.”

“Following his admission of the alleged commission of such acts, he was arrested to assist in police investigations. He will be put before court on Monday, September 13, 2021, to be placed on remand for thorough investigations into the allegations to continue.”

There have been several reported cases of ritual murder across the country, with The Ghana Report counting at least five known ones since April 2021.

The Kasoa ritual murder

A 10-year-old boy, Ishmael Mensah Abdallah, was murdered in cold blood for ritual purposes on April 3.

Felix Nyarko, aka Yaw Anane, 16, a mason labourer, who is the first accused, and Nicholas Kini Kwame, 18, a student and second accused, lured Abdallah into an uncompleted building and killed him with a club and a cement block.

According to the police, a fetish priestess had demanded body parts from the two in addition to GH₵5,000 to perform money rituals to make them wealthy.

Ritual Murder: Couple Arrested For Burying Two-Year-Old Son

The police in the Central Region arrested a couple for burying their two-year-old son alive at Asikuma Odobeng Brakwa.

According to the police, Paul Adobaw and his wife Yaa Atta acted on the instructions of a fetish priestess to bury the boy who could not walk nor speak since childbirth.

The self-styled prophetess, Ama Nkansah, had told the suspects that the baby was a spirit child from a river, and if they did not return the baby to the river gods, the couple would continue giving birth to such babies.

The couple and the prophetess took the baby to the backyard of a tenant near a stream called Gyankobeng. At about 12:20 am on May 27, they dug a grave, performed rituals on the child, and buried him alive.

A tenant, Abubakari Mohammed, who saw the three in the act, lodged a report at the Brakwa Police Station on the same day at about 3:30 am.

Fashion Designer ritual murder

Police in Sunyani arrested a 23-year-old fashion designer, Benjamin Adjei, for attempting to sacrifice his 13-year-old nephew for money rituals on May 15.

He lured the victim into a taxi to convey him to the venue for the rituals. The police who had laid ambush at the Abesim-Tano police barrier on the Sunyani-Kumasi highway busted him on their way to the shrine.

A handbag containing one cutlass, a knife, red calico, one-pot, some cola nuts, cowries, and a cash sum of GH₵ 300.00 were recovered from him.

Three Arrested For Beheading 12-Year-Old Boy

Three people were also arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of a 12-year-old boy, Cornelius Eboe Negble, at a shrine at Ndogokope, near Tadzewu, in the Volta Region.

The three, Senanu Ashitor Atsikpo, 28; Kudzo Akpatsu, 49; and Etse Louis, 25; kidnapped the victim from his hometown at Nornyikpo, near Ziope, during a funeral on May 20.

They took him to a shrine and killed him for money rituals.

Rashid Ibrahim Arrested For Beheading Bolt Driver

In Rashid Ibrahim’s case, the 32-year-old killed Israel Agyei Manu, a  33-year-old headteacher of Atonsu-based Rogel Montesorri Basic School.

Police in Ashanti Region picked up Rashid Ibrahim on Sunday, July 4, indicating that the suspect who was motivated by riches had confessed to the crime.

He had been promised wealth by some people who instructed him to get a human head for sacrifices.

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