Adams Mahama murder case: CID didn’t conduct independent probe

Gregory Afoko

Gregory Afoko

Detective Chief Inspector Augustine Nkrumah of the Homicide Unit of the Criminal Investigative Department (CID), said apart from investigations by the Bolgatanga Police into the murder of Mr.  Adams Mahama, the CID did not conduct any independent probe into the matter.


The late Adams Mahama was the former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).


Chief Insp Nkrumah, who is the 14th prosecution witness, said the CID team from Accra, depended on the regional team’s report.


He was answering questions from Mr. Osafo Buabeng, the defence counsel for Gregory Afoko, who is accused of murdering Mr. Mahama, at the High Court, presided by Justice Lawrence L. Mensah, on Wednesday.


Chief Inspector Nkrumah explained that a CID team from Accra, focused on the report by the Bolgatanga Police on allegation that Mr. Mahama mentioned Gregory Afoko, and Alandgi Asabke, who is on the run, as those who poured acid on Mahama.


He said the CID team from Accra received information from the Bolgatanga Police, who also assisted the team in contacting witnesses.


According to Chief Insp Nkrumah, the witnesses confirmed that Mr Mahama mentioned the names of Gregory Afoko and Asabke as those who poured acid on him (Mahama).


The detective said “to be sure that the alleged substance poured on him was acid, the exhibits were taken for forensic analysis and it was proved to be acid”.


Chief Insp Nkrumah said when he went to the mortuary, he examined the body of Mr. Mahama and saw burns on the face and upper part of the body, but did not observe his feet.


He said the pair of shoes of the deceased were soaked with acid, which he tendered in his evidence in chief.


Chief Insp Nkrumah said he was told that the pair of shoes was handed over to the police by the wife of Mr. Mahama, Hajia Zuweira Adams, and it was not possible to conduct a test to ascertain whether they were his shoes or not.


The defence counsel asked whether the witness knew one Musah, who was initially charged with the accused person, Gregory, at the Lower Court for the same offence, but he said he knew him for the first time when the case was referred to him.


Chief Insp Nkrumah said when the case was referred to him, the Police told him that on May 19, 2015, the said Musah went to the Bolgatanga township to buy acid, but that information turned out to be false after his investigations.


Earlier, the defence counsel sort to tender the medical report on accused through the witness, but it was objected by prosecution on the basis that it was only Dr. Albert Painstil, who issued and signed the report, who should tender same and answer questions thereon.


The case was adjourned to October 22 and 23, for continuation of cross examination by the defence counsel. The prosecution has so far called 14 witnesses.


Gregory Afoko, a farmer, allegedly killed Mr. Mahama on May 20, 2015, and is being held on charges of conspiracy to commit crime to wit murder and murder.-


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