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Pastor Arrested for Allegedly Causing Death of Woman During Spiritual Session

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In a tragic incident that has shocked the nation, a man of God known as Pastor Isaac Okyeam, popularly called “Pastor Owusu,” has been arrested for allegedly causing the death of a 42-year-old woman named Mrs. Ama Nkansah Appiah. The incident occurred on April 25, 2023, at Akyem Asawase, a suburb of Akyem Awisa in the Birim South District of the Eastern region.

The victim reportedly suffered burns caused by spiritual oil allegedly administered by the pastor during a spiritual session. The woman was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately, she died on May 2, 2023. The family of the deceased has accused the pastor of using irresponsible and dangerous spiritual practices, leading to the death of their beloved sister.

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According to Adwoa Gloria, the junior sister of the deceased, her sister went to the pastor for a spiritual consultation and returned home with burns. She was admitted to the Oda government hospital but later transferred to Korle Bu Teaching hospital in Accra, where she eventually died. When the family contacted the pastor, he denied any wrongdoing.

Further investigations have revealed that the pastor allegedly used a spiritual oil during his usual incantations, which resulted in the fire that caused the woman’s injuries. The pastor was also discovered to have sustained burns on his left hand and feet. Mrs. Priscilla Asmah, another sister of the deceased, clarified that rumours circulating in Akyem Oda suggesting that her sister had been attacked by a jealous spouse were false.

The pastor has been detained by the Akyem Oda police, and the family of the deceased is seeking justice for their departed sister. The incident has raised concerns about the need for regulation and accountability in the spiritual industry, as well as the dangers of engaging in unregulated spiritual practices.

For the most part, spiritual leaders are expected to provide guidance, support, and spiritual healing to their congregants. However, this incident serves as a tragic reminder that not all spiritual practices are safe or effective. It is crucial for spiritual leaders to be held accountable for their actions and for the industry to be regulated to ensure the safety of those seeking spiritual guidance. The family of the deceased deserves justice, and measures must be taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

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