Nana Agradaa, the founder and leader of the Heaven Way Champion International Ministry, has been rearrested in connection with a case involving the publication of nude pictures of prophet Emmanuel Appiah Ennin. These explicit photos were allegedly shared on Agradaa’s TV station, Thunder TV, in 2022.
In February 2023, Nana Agradaa was initially charged with the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, which is a violation of Sections 67(1) of the Cybersecurity Act (Act 1038). During her arraignment before Circuit Court 10, presided over by Her Honour Mrs. Evelyn Asamoah, Agradaa pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The reason for Agradaa’s recent rearrest on July 12, 2023, is currently unclear. However, UTV reports that four other individuals were also arrested in connection with the case: Enock Owusu Kissi, Charles Omane (known as One Gig), Emmanuel Kofi Gyasi, and an individual named Andy, who is currently at large. All five individuals are facing charges of abetment of a crime, specifically non-consensual sharing of intimate images.
Following their arrest, Agradaa and her accomplices were granted bail in the amount of GHc100,000.00, with each required to provide three sureties. The case continues to unfold, and further developments are expected.
The brief facts of the case, as presented by the Prosecutor, ASP Emmanuel Haligah, state that the complainant, Prophet Emmanuel Appiah Fomum, resides in Teshie, Accra. Patricia Asiedua (Nana Agradaa), the first accused, is a lady pastor residing in Weija, and Enoch Owusu Kissi, the second accused, is a media practitioner residing in Weija. Charles Omane, also known as One Gig, the third accused, is a businessman residing in Nungua, while Emmanuel Kofi Gyasi, the fourth accused, is a television presenter residing in Nungua. The fifth accused, Andy, is currently at large.
The prosecutor explained that in 2020, Agradaa, who owned the TV station “Thunder TV,” intentionally showed naked pictures of the complainant on live TV during a program. Agradaa and the other accused individuals allegedly mocked the complainant during the program, with the other panelists encouraging her actions. The program was also streamed live on YouTube and Facebook, where a witness saw it and informed the complainant.
The prosecutor further stated that Agradaa intentionally distributed intimate images of the complainant to a witness via WhatsApp. The complainant reported the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of all the accused individuals, except for the fifth accused who remains at large. The police retrieved the intimate images of the complainant that were shared or distributed by Agradaa.
As part of the investigation, the program on which the intimate images were shown was retrieved and played back to all the accused individuals, who identified themselves in the video. Following the investigation, the accused individuals were charged and arraigned for the offenses.