Afoko Murder Trial Begins


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State prosecutors are set to begin the indictment processes of Gregory Afoko over the murder of Adams Mahama, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

According to Matthew Amponsah, a Chief State Attorney, the bill of indictment would be ready by the next adjourned date for the trial to continue.

Mr. Amponsah, who led the team of State Attorneys- Mrs. Yvonne Attakorah Obuobisa, acting Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Fred Awindago and Supt Francis Baah – said the state was ready to start the indictment process.

The Accra Central Magistrate Court, presided over by Worlanyo Kotoku, consequently adjourned sitting until February 4, 2016.

At the previous sitting, Ms Bridgette Ampedu chided the prosecution for keeping too long in preparing the bill of indictment.

She said the prosecution ought to release the 52-year-old Afoko if it had no evidence to try him, adding that his liberties were at stake.

Afoko is standing trial over the death of Adams who died from an acid bath.


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According to the AG, Afoko must be charged for conspiracy to murder and murder.

He has been slapped with the charge of intentionally and unlawfully causing the death of Adams on May 20, 2015 at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

According to the police, Issah Musah, who was a member of the NPP, on 19th May, 2015 solicited and procured the deadly acid which he gave to other two suspects who in turn poured the acid on Adams.

Asabke Alangdi, the third accused, has been on the run together with his wife, leaving behind their one-and-a-half-year-old baby.

According to the police charge sheet, Gregory, after his arrest, was asked to lead them (police) to the house of his accomplice, Asabke Alangdi, but “he rather took them to the father’s house. Police later located the house of the second but the suspect had got wind of their presence and absconded with his wife leaving behind their baby.”

“A gallon, which contains some of the substance, and a plastic cup were retrieved at the scene for forensic examination,” the charge sheet added. The Police has revealed that a “post mortem examination was conducted on the body of the deceased and the Pathologist gave the cause of the death as shock lungs and extensive acid burns.”

By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson 

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