The wife of the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adam Mahama, yesterday testified before an Accra Criminal High Court in the case involving the murder of her husband.
The accused, Gregory Afoko, is currently facing trial for allegedly murdering the late Mahama by pouring acid on him.
In her cross examination-in- chief, which was in Hausa and interpreted to the court, Hajia Zenabu Mahama, said she lived at SSNIT Flat at Bolgatanga, with her late husband and did not know the accused prior to the death of her husband.
Hajia Mahama, who is the first prosecution witness said, on May 20, 2015, the husband just after washing down, went out in a Toyota Pickup at about 7:30 am to inspect works on a hotel he was building along the Bolgatanga –Tamale road.
Hajia Mahama said when her late husband returned at about 11:30 pm, she heard some noise and wailing, with the husband saying “I’m burning, people should help me”, and she quickly 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 a 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) advise, the victim was sent to the Bolgatanga Central Hospital in the company of some sympathisers.
Consequently, the court, presided over by an Appeal Court judge, sitting as an additional High Court judge, Justice Ladzaglah Mensah, adjourned the case to October 11, for the witness to continue her examination-in-chief.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme and Maame Adwoa Ohenewa Adu