Fihankra killer murdered 3 more

An Accra Magistrates’ Court has been told that Anokye Yaw Frimpong, who is standing trial over the murder of two African-American women at Fihankra near Akwamufie, has confessed to the police of murdering three other people previously.

This brings to five, the number of people he has confessed killing.

The accused, a driver, who is standing trial before an Accra Magistrates’ Court with five others, had earlier confessed to the police and the court, of single-handedly murdering the two African-American women.

The investigator in the case, Detective Corporal Dzokoto, who was holding brief for the substantive prosecutor, told the court yesterday that the prosecution during interrogation, discovered three other murder cases against the accused, Anokye.

He said the accused had revealed to them that he had previously murdered three other people on an issue into which they have commenced investigations and therefore prayed the court to adjourn the case to which the court, presided over by Veronique Manford obliged and adjourned to August 12.

The five accused persons who are currently on bail are Nana Appia-Nti, a mechanic and chief of Appiakrom, and Nana ObiriYeboah, a farmer, currently on admission at the Psychiatric Hospital.

The remaining three, all African- Americans are Brenda Kareema Mohammed, a female pensioner, Yazid Alazim Mohammed, a businessman and Mensah Kamauogogo, a surgeon assistant.

All the five persons have been granted bail after Anokye Frimpong had confessed murdering the two women.

Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police, (ASP) Stephen Kwame Adjei told the court that the deceased persons, Mamelina Diop, 75, and Nzinga Jaana, 69, were pensioners from American Civil Service but resided at Fihankra Settlement, near Akwamufie.

He said in 1997, some African-Americans in the diaspora decided to settle at Appiakrom and as a result acquired a 218.5-acre land in Appiakrom, now called Fihankra, near Akwamufie.

ASP Adjei revealed that in the agreement, the group promised to build schools, a hospital, a stadium, provide potable water, and other amenities for the community.

He said the leader of the group, Olumale Kwadwo Akpan, who had declared himself traditional chief of the area, started issuing indentures and collecting annual rent for the lands allocated to the residents.

He said after Akpan’s death in May 2009, his wife, Majewa Adoujokroke Akpan , the son, Goloi Osakwe Dwamen Akpan, and the two deceased African-American women took over the management of the fund.

The three accused African-Americans, he said, revolted against the arrangement and accused the Akpan family and the two deceased persons of fraud and mismanagement.

The three accused African-Americans and others yet to be arrested threw their support behind the Appia-Nti family.

According to ASP Adjei, they (African-Americans) held a meeting with Nana Appia-Nti III, one of the accused, and his elders to decide on a way of evicting the Akpan family from the community.

In April, this year, the three Africa-Americans, the accused, and others now at large, met Nana Appia-Nti and his elders to remind them of their earlier agreements and promised better negotiations with them as well as promised building a storey building for Nana Appia-Nti for use as a palace, when the two deceased persons were evicted.

ASP Adjei told the court that in the heat of the disagreement, the three African-Americans conspired with Anokye Yaw Frimpong, Nana Appia-Nti and Nana Frimpong, who is at large, to move into the community solely to monitor the activities of the Akpan family and the deceased persons.

The accused African-Americans later rented an apartment for Anokye Yaw Frimpong, Nana ObiriYeboah and Nana Frimpong for that purpose.

He said on May 5, Mamelina Diop and Nzinga Jaana were reported missing and a report was made to the Akosombo Police.

Following that, a search led to the discovery of a freshly dug grave about 150 metres to Anokye’s maize farm, and on May 6, an order was obtained from a District Court at Akosombo and the spot was dug under the supervision of a medical officer from the Volta River Hospital resulting in the discovery of the deceased persons in a shallow grave.

The bodies were removed and later deposited at the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital Mortuary for autopsy.

ASP Adjei said investigations led to the arrest of the accused persons with Anokye Yaw Frimpong confessing to the crime while the others denied any involvement.

Consequently, the court presided over by Veronique Manford, remanded the accused persons to Police custody to assist in further investigations.

Meanwhile, the judge has set May 14 to rule on an application for bail brought before her by defence counsel.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme   

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