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Afoko challenges Nolle Prosequi at Supreme Court

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH| muntalla.inusah@dalyheritage.com.gh

LAWYERS OF Gregory Afoko have filed an application at the Supreme Court regarding the Nolle Prosequi filed by the State following the arrest of Asabke Alangdi in the case in which they are standing trial for the death of Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Adams Mahama.

At the District Court on Tuesday, February 12, the lawyers told the court presided over by Her Worship Afua Sackey that the application has been filed at the apex court and the AG’s Department has also been served.

But, the court indicated it did not have a copy of the said application and therefore gave them three days to put their house in order and come back to court on Monday, February 18.

Background This follows the arrest of Alangdi in Cote d’ Ivoire on Friday, January 25, 2019. They were charged with conspiracy and intentionally and unlawfully causing the death of Adams, but their pleas were not taken. They are being kept in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations.

At the last adjourned date, Police Chief Inspector Maxwell Oppong told the Court that Hajia Zainabu Adams, widow of the deceased, is the prosecution witness and resident of Bolgatanga SSNIT Flats.

He said both accused persons are farmers and also lived at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

He explained that Afoko is the younger brother of Mr Paul Afoko, former Chairman of the NPP whilst Alangdi was a member of the youth wing of the party.

Brief facts

Chief Inspector Oppong said both of them were known to Adams, and that on May 20, 2015, at about 11p.m., when Adams arrived home in his car from his construction site and was asked by the two men to stop in front of his house, Adams obliged.

The Prosecution said the two then signalled him to roll down the driver’s side glass of the vehicle and he obliged that too.

They immediately poured some acid on him, which made him scream from the burning sensation to attract his wife’s attention, after which the two bolted.

He said Adams sustained burns on the head, face and body whereas the wife who assisted him out of the car also had burns on the breasts and chest.

The prosecution said she asked who had done this to him and he mentioned Afoko and Alangdi.

He said she then called for help, which attracted sympathisers, who conveyed Adams to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital, where he died the next day at the Intensive Care Unit.

Chief Inspector Oppong said the matter was referred to the police and a plastic cup, a gallon of some acid as well as clothes belonging to the deceased were collected for investigations.

The car seat was also soaked with some of the liquid. He said a track suit and other items believed to be belonging to the accused persons were also taken at the scene by the police.

He said they were sent to the Ghana Standards Authority for examination and it confirmed the liquid to be acid.

The Prosecution said based on this information, Afoko was arrested and he led the police to Alangdi’s house but he had escaped.

He said on May 15, 2015, Dr Lawrence Adusei’s autopsy report indicated that Adams suffered shock and extensive acid burns.

Afoko was standing trial until Alangdi was arrested on January 25 this year in Cote d’Ivoire with the help of the Interpol.

Chief Inspector Oppong said the trial of Afoko had been discontinued as nolle prosequi had been entered by the Attorney-General for the two accused persons to go through committal proceedings together.

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