Adam Mahama's Death 7-member jury selected for Gregory Afoko's trial

Gregory Afoko and one Asabke Alangdi who is at large have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and murder, while a third accomplice, Musa Issa, was granted bail after the Attorney-General had advised that there was not enough evidence to charge him.

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Gregory Afoko's trial

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An Accra High Court has empanelled a 7-member jury to try the murder case involving Gregory Afoko, brother of suspended NPP chairman Paul Afoko.

Gregory Afoko and one Asabke Alangdi who is at large have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and murder, while a third accomplice, Musa Issa, was granted bail after the Attorney-General had advised that there was not enough evidence to charge him.

According to the facts of the case, on May 14, 2015, Gregory’s brother, Mr Paul Afoko, and Mr Kwabena Agyepong, the National Chairman and the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), respectively, arrived in Bolgatanga for a meeting.

“The deceased organised some thugs to violently attack them for campaigning against the flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and also not notifying him, scuttling the planned meeting at the Azumsolon Guest House. The situation was later brought under control by the police,” the prosecution said.

According to the prosecution, an upset Gregory confronted Mahama but was chased out by thugs.

The facts also noted that Gregory and Asabke formed another youth group in their bid to protect persons perceived to be against Nana Akufo-Addo.

It said the accused persons held a series of meetings with the youth and on May 20, 2015, they laid ambush at Mahama’s residence with a substance suspected to be acid.

“The deceased returned home around 11:10 p.m. in his pickup vehicle, with registration number NR 761 – 14, and immediately he parked the vehicle in front of his house, the suspects went close and signalled him to roll down the glass. The deceased identified the suspects to be party members and rolled down the glass to talk to them. Suddenly, the suspects poured the substance suspected to be acid on his head, face and other parts of his body and fled on a motorbike.

“The deceased started screaming for help and his wife, Hajia Zenabu Adams, came to the aid of the deceased and managed to bring him out of the vehicle,” the prosecution stated.

The prosecution also stated Mahama’s wife sustained burns on the right side of her chest and breast while assisting her husband. When she enquired about what had happened to him, he told her Gregory and Asabke had attacked him.

Mahama died while arrangements were being made to airlift him to Accra for treatment. Gregory, who was later picked up, led the police to Asabke’s father’s house.

The police later located Asabke’s house but he had then absconded with his wife, abandoning their baby in the process. A post-mortem report on Mahama said he died of shocked lungs and extensive acid burns.

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