The victim with the wound
Tamale District Magistrate Court 2 presided over by Anthony Essah, has remanded into prison custody a 33-year-old teacher, Abdallah Abdul Razak, for attempted murder and unlawfully possessing firearm.
The suspect, who teaches at Gumani Methodist Junior High School (JHS) in the Tamale Metropolis, was among hundreds of spectators at the Tamale Polytechnic football field watching a friendly match at the weekend.
He was reported to have picked a quarrel with a certain Murtala which nearly resulted in fisticuffs. The accused person, who did not take kindly to the intervention of the supposed murder victim, allegedly vented his spleen on him (victim), raining insults on him and accusing him of taking sides in the matter.
The said victim, Sahadu Musah, a 22-year-old painter, was persuaded by his colleagues not to reply to the vituperations of Razak and concentrate on watching the football match, but the accused became more offended.
He therefore disappeared from the scene and allegedly resurfaced moments later with a fully loaded single barrel gun and shot Musa at close range, rendering him unconscious.
Other spectators pounced on Razak and almost lynched him, but for the timely intervention of onlookers who advised him to hand over himself to the police.
Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, disclosed to DAILY GUIDE the victim was rushed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital where the pellets were removed from his body and the wounds stitched.
An official complaint was later lodged by relations of Sahadu Musah with the police, leading to the arrest of the suspect who was arraigned before the court on two counts of attempted murder and unlawfully possessing a weapon.
His plea was not taken and was remanded into prison custody by the court on the request of the prosecutor to allow further investigations into the matter.
ASP Ebenezer Tetteh disclosed that the act was a predetermined crime, considering the chronology of events leading to the shooting.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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