The personal prophet of President Akufo-Addo, Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah has been remanded in Police custody by an Accra Circuit Court for up to one week after he appeared on Monday over criminal charges, including a murderous threat to kill.
However, barely four hours after he was remanded in court, he was suspiciously rushed to the hospital, in what critics think is a ploy to let him escape the long arms of the law.
He was reportedly rushed to the Police Hospital in Accra under armed guards.
Bempah, who is also the founder and leader of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International and fond of using state security agencies to harass and brutalise his critics, has finally had his cup filled as he was dragged into the cooler after the trial judge, Afia Owusua Appiah, dismissed the application for bail by his lawyers.
The controversial preacher who is a key inspiration to President Akufo Addo to construct the contentious National Cathedral had could not summon the powers of the Jubilee House to extricate him this time.
In addition to the threat to kill, Owusu Bempah is also facing charges including offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace.
On Monday, the self-styled man of God had been arraigned together with accomplices, Michael Boateng, Frederick Ohene, and Nathaniel Agyekum, for recording a gangster video in which they brandished weapons after invading the house of controversial fetish priestess turned Christian Evangelist, Nana Agradaa.
On Sunday, clips circulated on social media capturing Owusu Bempah and a gang of goons at the residence of Nana Agradaa.
According to Owusu Bempah who explains in one of the clips, they had gone there to confront the controversial priestess for saying she would “teach Owusu Bempah a lesson”.
“Nana Agradaa says she will teach me a lesson so I came here so that she deals with me. When I got there she was home, so I dared her to come down. When I got there she had a gun but my boys ceased it, I told them not to shoot else she would have been dead by now. She called the police and I explained myself and the commander intervened, I did not go to fight but she threatened me,” Owusu Bempah said in the video.
Later, the Police would release a statement saying that some of its personnel had been attacked on the premises of Glorious Word Power Ministries International Church when they had gone there to arrest Owusu Bempah and the other suspects for the “creation and circulation of multiple videos containing threats, and the brandishing of a weapon and the assault of some police personnel.”
The statement signed by acting Director of Public Affairs, ACOP Kwesi Ofori Police added that they arrested the suspects “after critically analyzing the said videos and based on intelligence gathered”.
“…during the operation, some members of the church, believed to have been under the direction of Reverend Bempah assaulted some police officers. The injured personnel have received medical treatment and are responding to treatment,” the Police statement read.
Earlier in the build-up to the 2016 elections, Owusu Bempah had given Akufo-Addo a spiritual horn in his Odorkor church and declared the President the chosen ruler over Ghana.
Since then, his meteoric rise and impunity had become apparent as he positions himself as the key spiritualist for the President.
In court on Monday, Owusu Bempah and his accomplices pled not guilty to all the charges leveled against, with their lawyer, Gary Nimako, asking for bail for them.
However, the trial judge sided with the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Dennis Terkpetey, who opposed the petition noting that the defendants need to be remanded to facilitate ongoing investigations.
They have therefore been thrown into the cooler.