January 21, 2011

Nana Akomea, Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South, says the jailing of Nana Kofi Yirenkyi, aka Jesus One Touch, Founder and General Overseer of the Jesus Blood Prophetic Ministry at Oblogo in Accra, should serve as a wake-up call for proper scrutiny of persons who set up churches.

According to the MP, several churches in the past few years have sprung up and are being run by people with shady character who often exploit the ignorant masses.

An Accra circuit court on Thursday after an 11- month trial sentenced Prophet Nana Kofi Yirenkyi to 10 years’ imprisonment each on two counts of incest and defilement.

The prosecution said he defiled his 10-year-old daughter, one of his six children. The court noted that the prosecution had been able to prove all the essential elements of the charges hence handed down the sentence. It said it found the evidence of the victim truthful.

However, it could not reconcile the evidence that Nana Kofi Yirenkyi, while at the Akropong Divisional Police Command, pleaded to offer money to the victim’s mother and settle the case amicably.

Contributing to a discussion on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show on Friday, Nana Akomea, Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South, who welcomed the sentencing of the ‘man of God’ stated that this should send a signal to the charlatans parading around as pastors who take undue advantage of people that the laws of Ghana will surely catch up with them.

‘’you hear all sorts of outrageous demands by some pastors from their congregation and you wonder if really they are ‘men of God’ as they claim” he said.

Nana Akomea, added that the Christian Council of Ghana must be empowered to regulate the activities of churches to bring about some sanity and clamp down on such unfortunate acts that bring the Christian religion into disrepute.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh