Fake pastor who allegedly hired a woman to pose as a cripple
and ‘healed’ her during a church service has been arrested
by the Odorkor Police.
The suspect, Jonas Abedi, 35, is being held together with the
woman, Helena Donkor, 40, and three others.
The others are Enoch Mortey, 29, who posed as a pastor;
Divine Kwadwo Columbus, 36, a self-acclaimed prophet, and
Christiana Quainoo, 36, who posed as a sister of the cripple
who had brought her to the church for healing.
Abedi was said to have performed the ‘miracle’ at a church
he was visiting for a two-day programme.
The Odorkor District Police Commander, Superintendent of
Police Mr Abraham Acquaye, told the Daily Graphic that the
incident happened on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
He said Abedi had been invited by the Founder of Power
Explosion Chapel at Tantra Hills in Accra, Rev Ewurama Annan,
after the two had established contact through Facebook, a
social media platform.
He said Abedi, who claimed to be a Ghanaian pastor based in
New York in the United States of America (USA), and Rev
Annan had been communicating through Facebook for a
“In one of their chats, Abedi told Rev Annan that he had
been invited by a church in South Africa for a
programme and was scheduled to visit Ghana for
another programme with a church in Kumasi, after
which he would want to pay her a visit,” Mr Acquaye said.
He said Rev Annan informed Abedi that her church had been
holding services on Sundays and Tuesdays and wanted him to
be the guest speaker on November 11.
About two weeks later, Rev Annan received a phone call from
Abedi that he had arrived in Ghana and was done with the
Mr Acquaye said Power Explosion Chapel hosted Abedi and
his two pastor friends in a hotel for the programme, which
was held on Sunday, November 9 and Tuesday, November
“During the service on Tuesday, Abedi asked the
congregation if there was any sick person in the church
and Quainoo responded that she had brought her
crippled sister,” he said.
The pastor, Mr Acquaye said, led the congregation to pray for
the sick woman who had come to the church with crutches
and was unable to stand on her legs.
After the church had prayed, the police commander said, the
pastor asked her to walk, and instantly the woman was able to
walk and even jumped without the crutches and support of
Earlier, the commander said, Abedi had called a young man
from the congregation and told him that he was involved in
the use of charms to seduce older women and that he was in
the church because of a woman.
“To prove a point, Abedi said the young man was
carrying the charm and a condom in his pocket and
asked him to bring them out. The man brought out a
substance and a condom,” he said.
Another man was also said to have been called to the front of
the congregation, after which Abedi mentioned the name and
the telephone number of the man and revealed other
personal details, to the surprise of the congregation.
However, Mr Acquaye said, the founder of the church told the
police that she became suspicious after the service, since all
the people Abedi ministered to were not members of her
She, therefore, detailed some elders of the church to monitor
those people and Abedi.
At the end of the service, the woman who had been healed
carried her crutches and put them behind a waiting four-
wheel drive vehicle at a filling station near the church where
she waited with her supposed sister.
The other two men also joined them, while the church elders
monitored and saw them making phone calls.
Shortly after, a man walked to them and gave them money,
which the elders suspected to be payment for their services.
With the help of the Odorkor District Police night patrol team,
the elders managed to apprehend the two women, while the
two men bolted.
The pastor and his two friends were later arrested at their
Mr Acquaye said on interrogation, Helena and Christiana
confessed that they had been contracted by a lady who gave
them the crutches and asked them to put up the charade for
a fee of GH¢50 each.