Gregory Afoko reported unwell

Gregory AfokoAn Accra High Court yesterday ordered authorities of the Nsawam Prisons to refer Gregory Afoko to the nearest Hospital for treatment.

This followed a plea by counsel for the accused, Israel Ackah, over the ill health of his client.

Gregory Afoko, who is facing trial for allegedly murdering the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was said to be suffering from body pains and swollen arm, according to his lawyer.


He, therefore, prayed the court, presided by Mr. Justice Ladzaglah Mensah, an Appeal Court Judge, sitting as an additional High Court Judge to make an order for Afoko to be given immediate medical attention.

The judge also urged the prisons to put in place the necessary security measures to prevent any eventuality and adjourned the case to November 1, after it was established that one of  the jurors hearing the matter was indisposed.

Earlier, the Chief State Attorney, Mathew Amponsah, prayed the court to change the interpreter, considering the inconsistencies in his submissions at the last sitting.

According to him, the interpreter might compromise the case due to some lapses in his work.

At the last sitting, Hajia Zinabu Mahama, wife of the deceased, Adam Mahama, told the court during her examination-in-chief that she lived at SSNIT Flat at Bolgatanga, with her late husband and did not know the accused prior to the death of the husband.

Hajia Mahama, who is the first prosecution witness, said on May 20, 2015, her husband just after washing down, went out in a Toyota pickup at about 7:30am to inspect works on a hotel he was building along the Bolgatanga-Tamale road.

She said when her late husband returned at about 11:30 pm, she heard noise and wailing, with the husband saying “I’m burning. People you should help me”, and quickly, she rushed down from her room to his aid. She added that as a result of a blackout, the only source of light was that of the car.

The witness said on her enquiry as to the cause of his predicament, the husband told her it was the younger brother of Paul Afoko, the politician, and one Asapke, who poured a substance on his body.

Hajia Mahama said, she hurriedly held the husband and brought him down from the car. According to her, she went to the room for cloth to cover the nakedness of her husband, whose body was peeling off, as a result of the acid.

According to her, while on the ground, the late Mahama sent her to call him one Thomas, and on his (Thomas) advice, the victim was sent to the Bolgatanga Central Hospital in the company of some sympathisers but died there.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme


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