Fighting at Afoko’s trial

•   Hajia Fati being excorted away by some sympathisers.

• Hajia Fati being excorted away by some sympathisers.

There was drama at the Cocoa Affairs Court premises yesterday, when sympathisers of the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Adam Mahama, clashed with families of the accused.

At the end Rukaya, daughter of Mahama, who was part of those engaged in the altercation collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.

This was after a High Court, presided over by Justice Ken Okwabi, had refused Afoko bail in an application brought before it.

Immediately after the ruling, tension rose as a woman donning a black T-shirt with Adam Mahama’s portrait, started casting insinuation at Gregory Afoko and his family.

The police, sensing danger, quickly whisked Gregory into a waiting van and sped off.

The violence gradually crept into scene, and journalists, court officials and bystanders had to intervene to cool tempers..

While calm was being restored, a group, believed to be sympathi-sers of the chairman arrived in a 207 Benz bus.

The situation escalated when some sympathisers and family members of Adam, including NPP activist, Hajia Fati, mostly clad in black and red, rained insults and curses on the Afoko family.

Some members of Adam Mahama family also pelted Afoko family members with stones and even removed the wig from the head of a lady from the rival side.

They explained their action that Adam Mahama was their bread winner and losing him in a painful debacle was unfortunate, adding they demand justice from the country’s judicial system.

Earlier, the court dismissed the application for bail for Gregory that there had been no unreasonable delay on the part of the prosecution as defence counsel was claiming.

The judge ruled that the charge preferred against the applicant, was proper and that the committal stages at the District Magistrates court was in order.

He further stated that in the interest of Gregory Afoko, the public and state the applicant must be refused bail for the trial to continue.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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