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Kumasi Shooting: 3 suspects denied bail

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The Asokwa District Court in Kumasi hearing the case in connection with the shooting incident that occurred at the Ashanti Regional office of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), which claimed one life and injured another has been denied bail.

The 3 are Dauda Ibrahim alias Wayo, 40; Agyin Samuel alias Rock, 32 and Abdul Ganiyu alias Petit 37 were today charged with conspiracy to commit murder

The lawyer for the accused persons, Evans Amankwah, prayed the court to admit them bail since they turned themselves in after they were declared wanted.

He said Dauda Ibrahim is a Second Deputy Youth Organiser of the NDC at Old Tafo Constituency and also a member of the Ashanti Regional NDC security committee representing ‘The Hawks’.

According to him, Dauda was invited by the regional chairman of the NDC, Augustus Andrews, to come with his colleague members of ‘The Hawks’ to the meeting held at the NDC regional office.

He said Agyin Samuel further debated that, his clients was not around when the shooting incident happened whilst Abdul Ganiyu did not come to the NDC regional office at all on the day of the incident.

Mr Amankwah said his clients had shown good faith by voluntarily reporting themselves to the police which is an indication that they will avail themselves to the court when granted bail.

But the prosecutor, ACP Okyere Darko, argued that granting the accused persons bail will interfere with police investigations.

He said counsel for the accused persons’ argument that his clients turned themselves in was not an accurate representation of what had happened.

He said the accused persons consulted some leaders of the NDC and those leaders brought the individuals to the police.

ACP Darko said the police is still searching for Bari Mohammed aka ‘warrior’, who pulled the trigger, and other suspects who were actively involved in the conspiracy, therefore, admitting the three to bail will frustrate the police.

Ruling

Giving his ruling, the magistrate of the court, His Lordship Abass Mohammed denied the accused persons bail and remanded them to police custody on the grounds of their own safety since they are deemed to be involved in the incident.

He further said, the 3 suspects are to re-appear in court again on 14th of March, 2019.

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