Police did not find anything incriminating against Afoko

By Hafsa Obeng, GNA

Accra, Oct. 23, GNA – Detective Chief
Inspector Augustine Nkrumah from the Criminal Investigative Department (CID)
headquarters on Monday told an Accra High Court that the police did not find
anything incriminating in Gregory Afoko’s room.

He said when the police went to arrest Afoko,
they searched his room, but did not find anything incriminating against Afoko.

He said “before we, the team from Accra got to
Bolgatanga, the police team said they had done the search and did not find
anything incriminating”.

Afoko is accused of the murder of the late
Adams Mahama who was the former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New
Patriotic Party.

Mr Nkrumah, from the Homicide Unit of the CID,
Ghana Police Service, who is the 14th prosecution witness, said when the police
got to Afoko’s room they found a tracksuit and they took it, leaving the upper
part of it which was also available.

Answering questions from Mr Osafo Boabeng, the
Defense Counsel, the witness said there were burns on it that aroused their
interest, adding that there were also a splash of a liquid substance in the
tracksuit that also heightened our suspicion.

He said when they picked it, they informed one
John Afoko, of the findings in the tracksuit before taking it away.

The witness said the photographs of Mr Adams
while receiving medical attention at the intensive care unit, showed his eyes
closed with tubes in his nostrils, depicting the condition of Mr Adams, while
on the hospital bed.

He said he could not tell whether the
photographs of the interior of the vehicle, were taken when there was sunlight,
and did not notice from the picture that the hand break of the vehicle had been
pulled up.

“From what I see from the picture, it suggests
something like that, but because I do not know how the hand break of the
vehicle looks like, I cannot conclude that it was pulled up,” he said.

When asked whether if the hand break of the
vehicle was pulled up, it indicated that the vehicle had stopped, he answered
that a car can be stopped and the break pulled up while still sitting in it,
and that it was not true that Mr Adams had stopped the vehicle and pulled up
the hand break at the time that they took the picture.

The Defense Counsel suggested to him that, the
substance that was allegedly poured in the vehicle was done at the time that Mr
Adams was not in the vehicle, but he disputed that fact.

Mr Nkrumah said when he visited the crime
scene; the place had not been cordoned off by the police, the vehicle was
parked at Mr Adams house, with some family members around, and there was no way
anyone from outside would be allowed to get close to it.

When asked whether he was aware it was one
Abukari who entered the vehicle and switched off the engine, he answered in the
affirmative, but explained further that, he did not interrogate Abukari on the
issue because he believed the Bolgatanga Police had done that.

He said he was informed by Hajia Adams and the
Bolgatanga Police that Abukari was Mr Adams driver.

He told the court that when he got there, the
scene was disturbed but he examined it and there were lots of foot prints,
adding that he did not take foot prints of Afoko.

In relation to the gallon and plastic cup
found at the crime scene, the witness said according to the Bolgatanga Police
the gallon was given to them by Hajia Adams, which she claimed to have picked
from the scene, while the Bolgatanga Police picked the plastic cup at the scene
themselves.

He said the Bolgatanga Police said they found
the plastic cup which did not contain anything close to the vehicle of Mr
Adams.

Mr Nkrumah said although the police has a
well-equipped forensic lab, they did not subject the gallon and the plastic cup
to any figure print examination during his investigation because of the way it
had been handled and also because a lot of people had access to it so there was
no way, proper prints could be extracted.

He said he took finger prints of Afoko but
they were not in relation to the two exhibits.

He said the exhibits to his investigations
were in the custody of the Regional Crime Office, and they were showed to him
before it was packaged and given to him by the Bolgatanga Police.

“They were bundled together in one box and
handed over to me. The clothing were put in a particular box separated from the
others and handed over to me,” he said.

Mr Nkrumah said Hajia Adams told him she
sustained burns in the course of pulling Mr Adams from the vehicle that night,
arguing that from the pictures taken by his team, the wounds were fresh.

“She said she suffered burns on her breast,
chest and hand. The upper part of her breast,” he said.

The Defense Counsel, however, suggested to him
that the pictures did not show any part of the breast of Hajia Adams, and also
did not show her face.

The witness answered that the picture did not
show Hajia Adams’s face because she was finding it difficult, allowing them to
take the picture because she was referring to her religion and the fact that she
was a married woman, and does not want her face to be shown, displaying her
body to the general public, so they understood her concerns and took the
picture without her face.

When asked whether he requested for the
clothing of PW1 at the time she pulled out Mr Adams from the vehicle, he said
no.

He told the court he did not interrogate the
Bolgatanga Regional Crime Officer, in the course of his investigation, but he
gave us a brief information about what had taken place.

The Defense Counsel asked the witness whether
he was aware that Afoko gave the keys to his room to the Regional Crime Officer
when he was arrested, but he answered in the negative.

He also asked whether the witness was aware
that the police first went to the crime scene after they had gone to the
regional hospital, on the early hours of May 21, 2015, he answered in the
affirmative.

He said the Bolgatanga Police did not inform
him that when they went to the scene, they met other people there as well as in
Mr Adams house.

The case was then adjourned to October 23, for
continuation of cross examination by the Defence Counsel.

The prosecution has so far called 14 witnesses
including Hajia Adams, Madam Issaka, Quinn, Taufic, Dominic, Awafo, Thomas,
Benjamin, James, Peter, Sampson and Charles, Dr Lawrence. They intend to call
one more witnesses.

Afoko, a farmer, is alleged to have killed Mr
Mahama on May 20, 2015, and he is being held on the charges of conspiracy to
commit crime to wit murder and murder.

He has pleaded not guilty before the Court,
which is also composed of a seven-member jury.

It was alleged that Afoko carried out the act
with Alandgi Asabke, who is on the run.

GNA

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