Anybody can go for juju be it for positive or negative purposes. The problem with the negative juju is that you will be fighting against the Abosom (Deities), Asaase Yaa (Earth Goddess), Nsamanfo (Ancestral Spirits) or any other Spirit including Nyame (Father of the Universe) if you use the juju on their children i.e. people dedicated or devoted to them. Also, the juju maker might not tell you all the laws governing it thus endangering the life of its owner when he breaks one of the laws.
From conversations with interviewees during field trips and data collection, people who use evil juju suffer before they die as a punishment from the Gods and continue to suffer in the afterlife at Asamando (abode of the departed dead).
Some even have worms (I think maggots is the appropriate word) come out of their bodies via their mouths, anus, ears and other openings whilst they are still alive. It’s only wicked and malicious people who go for them. The only way one can rid him/herself from its effect is to make sure to live a very pure, spiritual life by propitiating one’s God(s), fortifying one’s soul i.e. di aduro, not being envious of your neighbour i.e. covetousness and being content with what one has.
There is no curse without a cause. For instance, if I sleep with the wife of a man who has an Osraman juju, he can command thunder to strike me any where I may be and the Gods will not be able to intervene because I’m guilty of the offense. Unless I also have a juju that can counteract an Osraman like let’s say an Ayera Aduro with which I can vanish from the site of the thunder strike immediately it strikes.
The same goes for ‘duabo‘ where an ordinary person invokes the curse of a deity to prove his vindication of crime, let’s say a theft. The guilty person will be ‘caught’ spiritually and if not pacified on time, killed by the deity. I witnessed and documented such a case this year when the deity, Obuor Kyerewaa (from Chiraa-Techiman in the formerly Bono-Ahafo region) killed a devotee of Nana Obuor Tabiri Shrine via duabo.
Nana Konadu Yiadom