Adams Mahama murder case: Accused misdirected police

Lance Corporal (L/cpl) James Younger told the Accra High Court that the police could not arrest Adangli Asabke, implicated in the murder of Adams Mahama, former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), because Gregory Afoko misdirected them.

L/cpl Younge, a prosecution witness, who was giving evidence in the case in which Gregory Afoko is accused of killing Mahama, told the court that he was part of the team detailed to arrested Afoko.

L/cpl Youge, led in evidence by Matthew Amponsah, a Chief State Attorney, said he knew the late Mahama as NPP Upper East Regional Chairman.

L/cpl told the court presided by Mr. Lawrence L. Mensah, a Court of Appeal Judge, sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court Judge, that while he was sleeping at home on May 23, 2015, the Regional Crime Officer, Superintendent Alex Frimpong Asamoah, called him on phone to report to the office.

The witness said he arrived at the office and he together with the crime officer, the investigator, Detective Corporal Francis Frimpong, and a driver left in a car to the house of Adams Mahama at estate flats.

L/cpl Youge said when they got there, the ignition of late Mahama’s vehicle was on, and the driver side door was opened with the lights of the car on.

He said he took photos of the burnt driver seat, which were tendered in evidence.

According to the facts of the case, on May 14, 2015, Afoko’s brother, Mr Paul Afoko, NPP suspended National Chairman and Mr Kwabena Agyepong, the party’s suspended General Secretary, went to Bolgatanga for a meeting.

Mahama, the prosecution said, organised thugs to attack the two, scuttling the planned meeting at the Azumsolon Guest House, while accusing them of campaigning against the NPP flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and also not notifying him (Mahama) of the meeting.

Prosecution said the situation was brought under control by the police, and  Afoko, who was upset, confronted Adams Mahama, but he was chased away by thugs.

It said Gregory Afoko and one Asabke Alangdi organised some youth in a bid to protect persons perceived to be anti-Nana Akufo-Addo.

The accused and Alangdi held series of meetings with the youth, and on May 20, 2015, laid ambush at Mahama’s residence with a substance suspected to be acid.

According to the prosecution, Mahama returned home around 11:10p.m. in his pick-up vehicle, and immediately he parked the vehicle in front of his house, Gregory Afoko and Asabke went close and signaled him to roll down the glass.

It said Mahama identified the suspects to be party members and rolled down the glass to talk to them but, the suspects poured the substance, suspected to acid, on his head, face and other parts of his body and fled on motorcycle.

“Mahama started screaming for help and his wife, Hajia Adams, went to his aid and managed to bring him out of the vehicle,” the prosecution said.

BY MALIK SULLEMANA      

 

 

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