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Police Grabs Fetish Priestess

The fake traditional medicine license that she operates with. INSET: The signboard of Nana Ama Serwaa, the fetish priest

Nana Ama Serwaa alias ‘Asuoabena,’ a famous fetish priestess at Barekese, near Kumasi, is being investigated by the police for allegedly recruiting young girls to engage in prostitution.

The soothsayer is also being probed by the Ashanti Regional Police Command for operating a traditional medicine business without proper license, which is contrary to the Traditional Medicine Practice Law (Act 575, 2000).

Nana Ama Serwaa and one Christopher Owusu, 25, who allegedly supplied the fake traditional medicine licence, have since been granted police inquiry bail.

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah, who made the disclosure on Tuesday, said the fetish priestess was picked up by the police on May 16, this year, while Owusu was also arrested two days later.

He said the police received complaints that aside practicing traditional medicine with fake license, the fetish priestess had also recruited some young girls in Ashanti Region and beyond to engage in prostitution in her house.

The police, who were armed with this information, rushed to Nana Ama Serwaa’s residence at Barekese, invited her to the police station to assist in investigations and later on conducted a search in her 17-bedroom apartment.

DCOP Yeboah disclosed that during the thorough search, the police found quantities of used and unused condoms and fake traditional medicine bearing Nana Ama Serwaa’s name.

Nana Ama Serwaa, he said, during preliminary investigations after her arrest on May 16, mentioned Christopher Owusu as the one who issued the fake license to her to operate her traditional medicine business.

Owusu, he said, was nabbed on May 18 in his house at Asuofia and quantities of capsules and plastic containers, containing creams with the inscription Rebec Vanicure and Rebec Man capsules, were retrieved.

According to DCOP Yeboah, Owusu, during interrogation, admitted giving the fake license to Nana Ama Serwaa.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi