Murder of Chinto chief Three suspects arrested for killing Chinto chief denied bail

The three suspects arrested in connection with the murder of the chief of Chinto, Nana Kofi Mankata have been denied a bail application.

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Lawyers for the three suspects arrested in connection with the murder of the chief of Chinto, Nana Kofi Mankata and his driver at Adoagyiri in the Eastern Region have filed an application for bail at a human rights court in Accra.

The three Nana Fianko III, 29, a farmer and nephew of Nana Mankata; Abusuapanin Joseph Kwabena Opare, 47, a farmer, and Nii Odarlai Quarshie, 49, a businessman were  charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder have remained in police custody on remand since their arrest. 

According to the lawyers, the continuous detention of their clients is based on mere suspicion of murder which the police has failed to prove with any evidence and is against their Human Rights and that of their families.

Responding to the application by defense lawyers, state attorney Annette Barnes prayed the court to dismiss  the application for bail ,stating the grounds of undue delay which the counsels for the three suspects  were relying on for bail could not be true and upheld looking at how quickly the state has dealt with the matter.

She also told the court that per section 96 of the constitution, murder was a non baillable  offense and court must hold the tenent of the constitution.

The late chief had been installed in 2005 but on December 19, 2013, Abusuapanin Opare and others enstooled Nana Fianko III as a rival chief.

Since then, the accused persons had been organising thugs to harass the late chief and threatened him anytime he acted in his capacity as the chief of Chinto.

Sensing danger, Nana Mankata relocated from Chinto and rented an apartment at Adoagyiri and only visited Chinto occasionally

In September 2014, Nana Mankata was said to have reported to the Nsawam Police that Nana Fianko had threatened to kill him.

On September 3, 2014, Nana Mankata petitioned the Director-General of the CID on the threat on his life by Nana Fianko.

Nana Fianko and Abusuapanin Opare led a gang armed with weapons to ransack Nana Mankata’s house when news spread that Nana Mankata was installing a family head at Chinto three months later  

One of the gang members was arrested but he was granted bail by a court a month later. 

Nana Okotoako Kofi Mankata II, 54, and his driver, Nana Kwame, 38, were gunned down at the entrance of the chief’s residence at Adoagyiri, near Nsawam, on the night of Saturday, March 26, 2015.

The  court presided Justice K. A. Okwabi over by set the 15th of February 2015 for ruling.

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