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Afoko trial: Witness insists Adams mentioned the names

By
Hafsa Obeng, GNA
    

Accra, July 20, GNA –
Mr Asigri Quinn, the Prosecution’s third witness in the case involving murder
trial of Gregory Afoko has affirmed that Adams Mahama mentioned Afoko and
Alandgi Asabke, as those who poured som  
e substance on him.

Answering a question
on that issue from Afoko’s counsel, Mr Osafo Boabeng, the witness, said Mr
Adams mentioned the names to one Taufic, in his presence, and that of the
nurses and everyone at his bedside in the hospital.

Afoko is standing
trial for the murder of Adams Mahama, a former Upper East Regional Chairman of
the New Patriotic Party.

Mr Quinn, who took
Adams to the hospital, said he (Adams) was not unconscious when he got there,
and that was why he was able to mention Taufic’s number to him to call. “But I
do not remember the number because I did not use my phone to call, but that of
the doctor.

“It is a fact in my
evidence that Taufic did not pick my call, although I called him. I do not also
know how he came to the hospital on that fateful day.”

When asked whether
Taufic was a close associate of Adams, he said yes, but explained that he (Mr
Adam’s neighbour) was not a close associate of both Adams, and Taufic. “I only
got to know Taufic for the first time at the hospital, I do not know him.”

He emphasised that
when he earlier met Adams in his house on that fateful day, he was in great
pain; and at the time he left him at the hospital he was still in pain.

He said Adams was
lying in his bed at the time he (Asigiri) got to the hospital, and up until the
time he was leaving the hospital, he was still in bed with the hospital
authorities attending to him.

Following this
session, the Defence counsel ended his cross examination of the witness.

The case was,
subsequently, adjourned to October 25.

The Prosecution
intends to call 12 witnesses, in addition to Hajia Adams, Madam Issaka and
Quinn.

At the last adjourned
date the case was adjourned because the Defence counsel was absent as he was
involved in another matter at the Supreme Court.

Afoko, a farmer, is
being held on the charges of conspiracy to commit crime to wit murder and murder.
However, he has pleaded not guilty before the Court, which is composed of a
seven-member jury.

His alleged
accomplice, Asabke, who is on the run.

Another alleged
accomplice, Musa Issa, was granted bail after the Attorney-General opined that there
was not enough evidence to prosecute him.

The GNA earlier
reported that on February 23, last year, an Accra District Court committed
Afoko to stand trial at the High Court to answer to the charges against him.

The State at the
committal proceedings tendered more than 17 exhibits in respect of the trial.

The exhibits include
Afoko’s caution and charge statements as well as a post-mortem report of the
deceased conducted on November 25, 2015, by Dr Lawrence Edusei; a medical
report on the deceased’s wife, who also sustained injuries in her bid to assist
the deceased when the incident occurred.

Other exhibits are a
gallon containing the alleged residue of acid found at the crime scene, a cup
believed to have been used by the assailants in pouring the acid on the
deceased, the deceased’s pair of shoes and attire and a piece of carpet in the
deceased car.

The rest are various
reports from the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), a pair of blue-black track
suit belonging to Afoko and photographs of the crime scene.

The Prosecution is
being led by Mr Nicolas Amponsah, Chief State Attorney, who told the court that
Mr Adams was a contractor, who lived at the Bolgatanga SSNIT Flats in the Upper
East Region and was also the NPP Regional Chairman.

According to Mr
Amponsah, Afoko also lived in Bolgatanga and was the younger brother of Mr Paul
Afoko, a former National Chairman of the NPP.

The State said the
accused was also a party activist, and was close to Mr Adams.

On May 20, 2015, Mr
Adams left his house to his construction site in his pick-up truck with
registration number NR 761-14.

The Chief State
Attorney said he returned to the house in the night and at the entrance of his
house, two men signalled him to roll down the window of his car.

He obliged and the two
men, however, poured acid on him and fled on a motorbike.

Mr Amponsah said Mr
Mahama shouted for help and his wife, Hajia Zenabu Adams went to his aid.

He said Mrs. Adams
also sustained burns on her chest and breast in her bid to assist the victim.

According to Mr
Amponsah, Adams told his wife that it was Gregory and Asanke, who poured the
acid on him.

He also mentioned the
two accused persons, in the presence of neighbours, as the people who poured
the acid on him.

The Chief State
Attorney said Mr Adams was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Bolgatanga
Hospital where he passed on.

Afoko was picked up at
about 02:00 hours in his house and he led the Police to Asanke’s house. Asanke
was, however, not available.

A postmortem conducted
on the deceased by Dr Edusei indicated that Mr Adams died of extensive acid
burns.

GNA

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