A prophecy by a self-styled pastor of the Faith of Zion Church at Tafo, a suburb of Kumasi, has landed him in the grip of the police.
Prophet Gabriel Osei Yaw had prophesied to one Paul Owusu Badu, a mechanic that his Pontiac Vibe would get lost within a week unless he, Badu, prayed to avert the misfortune.
However, Badu did not take the prophecy serious and disregarded the warning from his spiritual friend.
And true to his words, the prophesy came to pass when thieves stole the Pontiac Vibe taxicab from its driver on November 8, 2014.
When the car owner approached the prophet for assistance, he again gave numerous assurances that he would help him retrieve his stolen car.
However, after several unfulfilled promises, Mr Badu caused the arrest of Prophet Osei.
An accomplice of the Prophet, Ms Priscilla Kumi, a waitress at a popular spot at Krofom, was alleged to have laced the drink of the driver, which rendered him unconscious for three days.
Prophet Osei and Priscilla Kumi, who appeared before the Kumasi Circuit Court presided over by Mrs Afia Adu Amankwah, charged with two counts of conspiracy to steal and stealing, pleaded not guilty to both counts.
They were admitted to bail in the sum of GHC10,000, and they were to report to the police every Friday till the case was disposed of.
According to the facts as presented to the court by Chief Inspector Mr Felix Akowuah, the complainant was a mechanic while the first accused was a self-styled prophet and the second accused, a waitress.
He said somewhere in November last year, Badu’s driver failed to park the Pontiac Vibe cab with registration number AW3999-12 contrary to the terms of engagement.
Mr Akowuah said the driver had earlier gone to the drinking spot where Priscilla worked with a passenger to take a drink.
He said Kwarteng became unconscious after taking the Tampico drink he requested for and had to be admitted at the hospital for three days.
According to the prosecution, the yet-to-be identified passenger made away with the car and after numerous assurances by the self-styled prophet to help the complainant trace his car, on November 9, 2014, the car owner reported the case to the police leading to the arrest of the two accused persons.
Although the two have denied any knowledge about the offences, the advice from the Attorney General Department directed that the two be charged with the offences.