Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ghana Pastor arrested for raping woman, threatening her if she told the police, and attempting to kill her husband

The Founder and Head Pastor of Zoe Power Ministries, Pastor Philip Azumah, who allegedly attempted to poison the husband of a woman he is flirting with has been arrested by the Adenta Police. Pastor Azumah, 54, is alleged to have been in an amorous relationship with the married woman for the past six years. In an attempt to get rid of the woman’s husband, so that he will have unimpeded access to her, Pastor Azumah is said to have given his lover a bottle containing a substance to lace her husband’s food. According to the Adenta District Police Commander, DSP Stephen Ahiatafu, the complainant, whose name is being withheld for security reasons, accompanied by her husband, went to the police station on January 2, 2013 to report the incident. The woman was said to have reported the case to the police and presented the bottle containing the substance believed to be poison to them. She claimed that Pastor Azumah had given it to her to mix it with the food that her husband would eat to end his life. He said the complainant told the police that she had been a member of the church for the past seven years and that some time in 2006 Pastor Azumah had proposed love to her but she had declined, with the explanation that she was a married woman with children. But her explanation could not deter the pastor from continuing to put pressure on her. Some time in 2006, the pastor invited her to accompany him to a prayer camp at Darkuman, a request she obliged. According to the police, the woman said on the way to the prayer camp, she and the pastor decided to stop for some short rest at a guest house. DSP Ahiatafu said the woman claimed that after taking a drink, she became drowsy, and when she came back to her senses, she found herself naked lying in bed with the pastor. She claimed the pastor warned her not to divulge what had happened between them that day to anybody, otherwise she would die. Based on the threat, the police said, the woman failed to divulge what had happened but continued to sleep with the pastor for six years from 2006 to 2012. The district commander indicated that some time in September 2012, the pastor, after the usual sexual encounter with the woman, told her that he loved her so much that he wanted to do away with her husband, so that he and the woman could get married. The pastor, consequently, gave her a black substance in a bottle and asked her to mix it with food for her husband. DSP Ahiatafu said the woman claimed she never had the chance to carry out the act, as her husband suddenly started behaving abnormally. For fear that the pastor had used some charm on him, just before the New Year she decided to confess her relationship with the pastor to her husband and even showed the bottle the pastor had given to her to him. The husband then accompanied the woman to the police station where they lodged a complaint, leading to the pastor’s arrest. Upon interrogation, Pastor Azumah admitted sleeping with the married woman several times and pleaded for forgiveness. He is expected to be put before court soon after investigations.

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