A 23-year-old fashion designer, Benjamin Adjei, has been arrested for trying to use his nephew for a money ritual in Abesim, in the Sunyani Municipality of the Bono Region, Ghana.

It was reported that the suspect allegedly lured his 13-year-old nephew, Listowel Adjei, into a cab, but his luck ran out when he was arrested after a tip-off at the Abesim-Tano police roadblock on the Sunyani-Kumasi Highway on his way to the shrine on Saturday, May 15.

Police Sergeant Benjamin Lartey, who confirmed the incident, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Monday, May 17, that an informant (name withheld) at the Abesim Police Sation reported that he received a call from the suspect asking him to see a ritualist to help him sacrifice his nephew for money rituals.

Sgt. Lartey said the informant reported to police Saturday that the suspect had lured his nephew into a cab to take him to the location for the rituals.

He said police laid an ambush at Abesim-Tanoso Barrier and arrested the suspect in possession of a bag containing a cutlass, a knife, red calico, a p*t, a quantity of kola nuts, cowries and GH¢300.00.

Also confirming the incident, the Sunyani Division Crime Officer, DSP Kingsley Wiredu, said the police were able to arrest the suspect before he committed the crime.

“Because we have had a description of the taxi and the way he was going to carry the victim, when we got him arrested in the taxi, we found the victim who is a close nephew on board, and then we had a handbag containing a big cutlass, a knife, red calico, one big p*t, a number of kola nuts, cowries and 300 Ghana cedis in cash, apparently, with which he had wanted to go and perform rituals in order to get rich overnight,” DSP Wiredu stated.

“He was arrested and taken to the station, and during interrogation, he really admitted that was his intention. His plan was nipped in the bud, courtesy the assistance given to police by the informant. He’s now in our custody. We are preparing him before we take him to court,” he added.