Second suspect in Adams Mahama’s murder arrested


Ghana’s security agencies working in collaboration with Interpol have arrested the second suspect in the murder of Mr Adams Mahama, a former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Upper East Region.

Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who addressed the press on Monday, 28 January 2019 said: “The fugitive Asabke Alangde was arrested in Ivory Coast after over a year of surveillance and search during which period he moved camps from Burkina Faso to Ivory Coast”.

Mr Asabke was the second person believed to have conspired with the first suspect, Mr Gregory Afoko, in the murder of Mr Mahama which occurred on 20 May 2015.

It will be recalled that on that day Mr Mahama was attacked in front of his home in Bolgatanga with acid leading to his death.

Investigations disclosed that his death was caused by the two persons Mr Afoko and Mr Alangde. Mr Alangde however fled the Ghanaian jurisdiction in the days after the murder and has been on the run since. Ghana’s security agencies have been on a manhunt for him since then.

Mr Afoko was however apprehended by police and has been put on trial since. The case is being tried by Justice L. Mensah sitting as an additional High Court Judge and has been adjourned to February 2019 for lawyers to address the Jury.

While this trial has been ongoing, consistent efforts were underway to apprehend the fugitive, Alangde. He was arrested on Friday 25 January 2019 with the assistance of Interpol.

Mr Nkrumah said the recent arrest of Asabke Alangde who was a suspect in the case has necessitated the filing of a nolle prosequi in respect of the ongoing trial in the case of the Republic V Gregory Afoko. This was done with the objective of discontinuing the initial trial to enable the two accused persons to be tried together to best serve the interest of justice.

He revealed that committal proceedings for the two accused persons will commence shortly for them to stand trial as soon as possible.

Mr Nkrumah added that the state additionally intends to pray the Chief Justice to assign a dedicated judge for an expedited trial considering the background of the case.

“Government assures all Ghanaians that it will not relent on any efforts to bring the perpetrators of crimes within this jurisdiction to book,” the Information Minister stressed.

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