Praise the LORD!: Armed robber Ataa Ayi now a Pentecost Elder

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240x_mg_182159_337220604_atta_ayi_2006Information reaching the Independent newspaper indicates that jailed notorious armed robber, Aryee Ayittey alias Ataa Ayi is now a church leader in the Church of Pentecost at the Nsawam Prisons.

Reports say a local assembly of the church in Accraannounced this during a church meeting. The GhanaPrisons Service has also confirmed the reformed state of the convict to The Independent.

“Ataa Ayi is showing signs of reformation, he attends church regularly. At the moment, he has been elevated to a position of an elder,” Courage Akyem, PRO of GhanaPrisons Service.

Touted as the “most wanted” armed robber the nation has ever had, Ataa Ayi was sentenced to 120 years imprisonment with hard labour on different charges of robbery and connivance for robbery.

He has spent eight years now in jail at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison but the new behaviour exhibited by the incarcerated robber shows that he is a changed man.

“When he was sentenced, he was rowdy but now he is a calm person”, the Prison PRO noted.

According to Mr. Akyem, the transformed demeanor of Ataa Ayi is quite manifest as he now assists administration incurbing indiscipline among fellow inmates at the prison.

“For us it hasn’t come as a surprise at all. In fact that was our expectation”’ he said.

According to Mr. Akyem, several reformation and correctional measures may have contributed to Ataa Ayi’s change, but he admitted the fact that Ataa Ayi might have had a sober reflection on his life and faith.

When asked why Ataa Ayi was not part of the inmates released on Presidential amnesty granted recently, the PRO said Ataa Ayi did not qualify to be set free.

“His offence makes him ineligible for amnesty”.



ABOUT: Nana Kwesi Coomson

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