Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson aka Bull Dog, Manager os Shatta Wale. INSET: The late Fennec
The Police yesterday arrested a man they suspect to be behind the murder of Emmanuel Fennec Okyere, manager of one of the leading hip-life artistes in the country, Kwaw Kese aka Abodam.
Fennec was killed at his Manet residence off the Spintex Road in Accra in March this year.
The 36-year-old suspect, Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, aka Bull Dog, manager of the 2014 Vodafone Artiste of the Year, Shatta Wale, was being held at the Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID’s) Homicide Unit at the Police Headquarters in Accra as at press time yesterday.
The suspect was picked at Kokomlemle around 11:00 am after police intelligence was said to have linked him to the murder.
Police said several threatening messages were found on Fennec’s phone emanating from Bull Dog’s number.
Briefing the media following the arrest yesterday, Director-General of the CID, Commissioner of Police (COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor recounted that the late Fennec Okyere was murdered at his Manet Court home off the Spintex Road on March 13, 2014 by some unknown assailants.
The deceased was stabbed several times to death in his private home, following which police commenced investigations into the alleged murder.
The arrest, he said, was based on information the Police gathered regarding several threatening messages the deceased received on his mobile phone.
Fennec Okyere’s death shocked many Ghanaians, especially the showbiz industry, considering his immense contribution to the growth of the industry.
He was buried on April 26, 2014.
COP Agblor said police established, following investigations, that Bull Dog issued several messages to the deceased threatening to ‘teach him a lesson.’
He said it all started when Joy FM organized a programme called ‘Nite With The Stars’ in Accra.
During the said programme, Kwaw Kese, who was to perform that evening, stormed the stage with a banner with the inscription ‘VIP’ on it.
He then proceeded to stand on the banner contemptuously.
According to the CID boss, this did not go down well with Bull Dog, who is also the manager of VIP, a musical group. He immediately confronted Fennec about the action of his boy.
Mr. Okyere, according to information gathered, explained to Bull Dog that Abodam standing on the banner was to show that he (Abodam) was a Very Important Person (VIP) and nothing else.
The suspect was said to have gotten infuriated with the explanation by Fennec and allegedly organized thugs to chase him and Kwaw Kese from the programme that night.
Some of the artistes who were to perform could not do so because the whole show came to an abrupt end.
On December 28, 2013, the two were again hosted on Peace FM’s entertainment programme during which Bull Dog got offended in the course of a discussion and was said to have threatened to teach the deceased a lesson.
Since then, it was alleged that Mr. Okyere continued to receive death threats via text messages from the suspect.
A day before Fennec was found dead, Bull Dog allegedly called him on the phone to threaten him but the call ended abruptly.
A friend, who is also a witness in the case, then used his mobile phone to call Bull Dog for the deceased.
Not long after, Mr. Okyere allegedly had a call from an unknown person and he (Okyere) was heard screaming on the phone, ‘You cannot do me anything. Don’t try…’
The following morning he was found dead in his room.
Meanwhile, Lawrence is still in custody as investigations continue.
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By Linda Tenyah
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