Daniel Kyei Baffour was apprehended in the shrine of the said spiritualist upon a tip-off. He was reportedly there with the victim.
The victim has since been given back to the parents after the arrest on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
The Amasaman District Police Commander, DSP Elvis Bawa Sadongo, told DAILY GUIDE that at about 8pm last Wednesday, police had information that someone was presenting a child to be killed for money rituals at a shrine of a spiritualist popularly called juju man, at Pobiman, near Amasaman in the Greater Accra District.
A team of police personnel were dispatched to the place and spotted the man (Kyei Baffour) in the shrine with the innocent child.
He was immediately brought to the station together with the said juju man for interrogation.
Preliminary investigations, according to the police, indicated that Kyei Baffour, who claimed he wanted to be rich since all his friends were basking in luxury, contacted the juju man who had advertised himself on billboards along the Amasaman-Nsawam road, to assist him become equally rich.
The suspect called the juju man on phone for enquiries before later following up to his shrine for further deliberations, DSP Elvis Bawa Sadongo maintained.
At the shrine, Kyei was asked to pay GH¢50 as consultation fee but he managed to pay GH¢30 instead, claiming he could not afford to pay the full amount.
The juju man (name withheld), the police officer said, asked Kyei to bring two fowls for the money ritual but Kyei allegedly told him that he could not afford the two fowls.
He again requested that the spiritualist use part of his body for the rituals but the juju man declined the request.
Two days later, the police commander said, Kyei again called the spiritualist and wanted to find out if human blood was possible since he had no money to buy the fowls.
The juju man allegedly enquired from Kyei where he could get the human blood and he (Kyei) said he had someone in mind.
Seeing the desperation in the face of the suspect, the juju man accepted his offer and asked him to bring the child for the ritual.
Kyei Baffour then lured his nephew when the grandmother had gone to church that Wednesday evening to the shrine for the rituals.
The spiritualist then explained all the procedures of the rituals to Kyei, thinking that he would have a change of mind and decline to offer the victim for the sacrifice, but Kyei asked him to go ahead.
According to the police commander, the juju man emphasized that the boy would be killed in his presence and his blood used for the money ritual but Kyei did not rescind his decision.
The spiritualist then brought out a knife, thinking that the suspect would panic but he still was not bordered.
Upon realizing that Kyei was determined to have the boy killed, the juju man allegedly went out of his shrine to call the police to arrest the suspect.
He has provisionally been charged with child stealing and would be processed for court soon.
By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey