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Musama pastor in hot waters.

By James Harry Obeng and Daniel Amparbeng

 

When Emmanuel Larkotey Lartey, a pastor of the Musama Disco Christo Church (MDCC) at Glefe, a suburb of Accra, arrogated unto himself quasi-medical duties, little did he anticipate that his deeds would leave an innocent eight-month old baby with a medical condition which could only be rectified via medical surgery.

 

By the actions of the 56-year old man-of-God, the eight-month old baby now has a dual urinary passage created in his penis which makes him suffer severe pains when urinating.

 

The facts of the case as narrated to the ‘Spectator’ here on Wednesday by the Head of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of Dansoman Divisional Police Command, Inspector Salomey Boateng, are that on November 25, Ernest Atakorah and Joyce Antwi, who are parents of the baby and who stay at Glefe made a report to the police that a Pastor had circumcised their baby boy resulting in some health complications.  This has made it difficult for the child to urinate.

 

According to Inspector Boateng , Joyce Antwi, a native of Effiduase in the Sekyere East District of Ashanti, told the police that she was introduced to Pastor Lartey by a friend as one who could assist her (Joyce Antwi) to take seed after years of fruitless attempts to conceive.

 

Joyce, upon going for periodic prayer sessions with the pastor, got pregnant but not without another prophecy from the pastor – that she (Joyce) should deliver her baby in the presence of Lartey when in labor.

 

This, Inspector Boateng said, was heeded to by Joyce who, on realizing that she was about to deliver, rushed to pastor Lartey’s house in fulfilment of the prophecy.

 

But after a successful delivery luck eluded pastor Lartey when he attempted to circumcise the baby. The baby then started passing urine profusely resulting in the medical condition that doctors at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital say would require medical surgery to rectify.

 

According to Inspector Boateng, a team of policemen was however dispatched from the Dansoman Divisional Command to effect the arrest of Lartey whom they (the policemen) met fully drunk.

 

In his dealings with Joyce, Inspector Boateng said, Lartey charged her an amount of GH ¢90; GH¢60 which was used to purchase holy water and olive oil to necessitate the safe delivery of the baby.  The remaining GH¢30 was used as a fee for the circumcision of the boy.

 

Inspector Boateng added that the police was in the process of processing the documents of Lartey, who is currently in the custody of the Dansoman police to face criminal prosecution very soon.

 

 

 

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November 28, 2008 - Posted by | News

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