Police Nab 6… for attempted murder

The suspected armed robbers.Six people who allegedly attempted to murder a 74-year-old driver at Teshie following disagreement over the burial of Nii Jerry Amarh, acting Djasetse, have been arrested by the police.

They are Joseph Ashikwei Tijany, driver, 47, Daniel Ashitei Okoe, driver, 50, Michael Ashiboye Amarh, businessman, 42, Philip Boye, driver, 28, Nii Amarh Agbeko, mason, 39 and Nii Agoe Kaatso, driver, 74.

The suspects were said to have slashed the neck of the victim, (name withheld) during a melee at the burial of Nii Jerry Amarh at the Lenshie Royal Cemetery in Accra.

The victim, who was a member of the Lenshie family, and others, were attacked at the cemetery when they were digging the grave for the burial of the acting Djasetse.

The Teshie Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Simons Agbodeka, told the media in Accra yesterday that when Nii Amarh of the Lenshie royal family passed on, a section of the same Lenshie quarter headed by Nii Kwabotwe were not in support that the deceased should be buried at the Lenshie Royal Cemetery which created confusion among them.

He said on April 4, 2014, the Municipal Chief Executive of LEKMA held a meeting to discuss the situation and at the meeting the victim received death threats from Nii Agoe, who said the victim was not from Lenshie but behaved as one.

He said Nii Agoe further threatened the victim that if he did not take care, they would cut off his head and put it on a plate.

DSP Agbodeka said on April 25, at about 7: am the victim had a phone call from a group he had instructed to dig the grave of the deceased that the suspects had attacked them and prevented them from working.

He said the victim rushed to the scene where an argument ensued between him and the group.

DSP Agbodeka said Tijany drew a kitchen knife from his pocket and slashed the victim’s neck as a result of which he sustained a deep cut from the jaw down to the throat.

He said the suspects absconded after the act and the victim was rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for treatment. DSP Agbodeka said upon intelligence reports the suspects were arrested.

He said they would soon be put before court for attempted murder. By Agnes Opoku Sarpong

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