The Asankragua Division of the Ghana Police Service in the Western Region is on the heels of the Head pastor of the Mega Word Chapel International in Enchi, Pastor Kenneth Mensah, who is alleged to have attempted to set fire on a woman at Kwasibokro but bolted with her GH¢40,000.
Narrating the incident to Kakyire Obuobi of Ahobraseye FM in Asankragwa, Divisional Police Commander Chief Superintendent Nana Kumi explained the fugitive pastor was introduced to the victim by her sister’s brother after she had returned to Ghana from Dubai to spend holidays with the family.
“The victim is a nurse in Dubai and has been in the country for the past two years. She came back to Ghana on October 8, 2021 to spend holidays with the family. She was then introduced to Pastor Kenneth Mensah, Head pastor of the Mega Word International Chapel by her sister’s brother. The victim told the pastor about her intention to travel again. In the course of their several discussions, the pastor told her that there are evil spirits in her house. So, her next travel can only be successful after a spiritual cleansing.”
Chief Superintendent Nana Kumi continued that Pastor Kenneth Mensah then told her to bring the money – GH¢40,000 – she intends to use to process her travelling for cleansing which she agreed.
“On January 5, 2022, the pastor came to Asankragwa and lodged at the Royal Hotel. At about 2:00am January 6, 2022, the pastor went to the room of the victim to perform the said cleansing. He collected the money, put it in an envelope, wrapped it with cello tape and asked her to place it under her bed and sleep on it. Before that and according to the victim, the pastor asked her to bring salt and sugar. He asked the victim to look toward the window and recite certain words 24 times while he mixes the salt and sugar for her to drink.”
The Asankragwa Divisional Police Commander said: “After, he gave the mixture to the victim to drink. Immediately she took it she felt dizzy and fell asleep. According to the victim, in her sleep she started having a nasty burning sensation only to wake up to see her room engulfed in smoke and on fire. She reached out for the envelope containing the money. To her utter surprise, the envelope this time contained papers some of which had burnt. She screamed for help and her brother who is a carpenter broke her door and rescued her. Immediately she came out she fell unconscious and was rushed to the hospital.”
He said his division has declared Pastor Kenneth Mensah wanted.
A teary daughter of the victim, Joana Asare, revealed that the GH¢40,000 was proceeds from the sale of a family store.
“When she came back from Dubai, she discussed with the family her desire to travel to a relative in UK. The family agreed and sold a family store to help her. We had GH¢40,000 from the sale. It is sad what has happened. Thankfully, the fire did not burn her, except that initially she was coughing profusely and her spit was black. But currently she is hale and hearty.”