Police Verify Afoko Surety’s Property
THE POLICE are in the process of
verifying if the property used as justification for the granting of bail to Gregory
Afoko is genuine.
Mr. Afoko is accused of murdering the late
Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Adams Mahama.
The property used for the justification
is said to be a land belonging to one George Hikah Benson.
Mr. Hikah Benson is believed to be a
former Upper West Regional Minister under the John Agyekum Kufuor
Afoko who is the prime suspect in the
murder of the late Adams Mahama was granted bail in the sum of GH₵500,00.00 with
two sureties, one to be justified by an Accra High Court last month.
He is, however, yet to be released from
the Nsawam Medium prison where he was remanded by another court during his
trial for the alleged murder.
The family has expressed concern about
his continuous stay in prison although he had been granted bail.
It is understood that his lawyers are initiating
contempt application against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David
learntthat the property used for the justification
is a land belonging a former appointee in the previous New Patriotic Party
(NPP) government under Kufuor.
But the police are undertaking the
process to authenticate the ownership of the land.
A source who spoke to DGN
Online on the condition of anonymity stated that the police
administration is often confronted with cases where some properties used as
justification by sureties are questionable and sometimes turn out to be false.
The source said the court which returned
the land documents to the police could not provide any further details to
confirm the genuineness of the property used for the justification.
It is understood that the police have
taken the documents covering the land to the Lands Commission for verification.
Gregory Afoko, a farmer, is alleged to
have killed Mr. Adams Mahama, the NPP Upper East Regional chairman.
He being held on the charges of
conspiracy to commit crime to wit murder and murder.
He was put before an Accra High Court in
2016, charged with the murder of the late Adams Mahama.
The case was nearing its conclusion
after the state had called 14 prosecution witnesses including the wife of the
deceased to prove its case.
But the Attorney General on January 28,
2019 entered Nolle Prosequi to discontinue the matter.
This followed the arrest of Asabke Alangdi, another suspect in the murder of Adams Mahama who had been hiding in Cote d’ Ivoire after fleeing the country.
BY Gibril Abdul Razak