A LARGE volume of human excreta has been dumped on the premises of the Bodwesango St. Peter’s Catholic Church in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region.
This is the second Catholic Church in the country to be so desecrated. The building was smeared with the offensive material under the cover of darkness by persons yet to be identified.
Everything in the church, including the Holy Bible on the altar, the effigy of the Virgin Mary and the cross were all smeared with the faecal matter with impunity.
The incident comes just days after some people were arrested for their alleged involvement in a similar action against the Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church in Accra.
It was not immediately known where the large quantity of faeces was collected from but church elders suspected it was taken from a public toilet.
Church members were unsure what was going to happen the next day as the perpetrators also used some of the faeces to inscribe on the wall, “This is just the beginning.”
Five persons suspected to have committed the act have been arrested by the local police.
They are Kwame Abdulai, 26, Kofi Police, 26, Akwasi Marfo, 23, Prince Kwabena Awuah, 41, and Kwabena Abdulai.
Mr Peter Adu, the church catechist, told the Daily Graphic that some members of the church, who had gone for morning devotion were met with an offensive odour at the gate.,
On entering the building, they found to their amazement that human excreta had been spread on everything.
The matter was reported to the police, who arrested the five after investigations.
Explaining the genesis of the incident, Mr Adu said one Opanin Yaw Obinim (now deceased) who was the father of one of the suspects, Awuah, released the land on which the church building stood to the then Catholic Diocese of Kumasi in 1980.
After constructing the church building, the elders of the church reserved part of the land for a planned mission project.
The catechist said after the death of Opanin Obinim, Awuah made moves to claim the reserved land and allegedly went ahead to sell it to the local Methodist Church but the owners managed to reclaim it.
Just recently, Awuah renewed his moves to take control of the land and the matter went before the Kontihene of the town who ruled that the Catholic Church was the rightful owner.
However, Awuah did not take kindly to the decision of the arbitration panel and warned members of the church to wait and see what would happen next.
Following the act, Awuah and the four others were arrested to assist in investigations.