Counsels for the two accused persons; Ms Naana Essa Boafo for Gregory Afoko and Alfred Agyei Mensah for Musah Issah respectively, standing trial over the murder of the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have expressed deep frustration at the slow pace of the trial.
The Two expressed the sentiment after the prosecutor had told the court that the police were still awaiting the Attorney-General’s (A-G’s) advice and prayed the Accra Magistrate’s Court to adjourn the trial for two weeks, pending the advice from the A-G.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Steven Adjei told the court, presided over by Mr Worlanyo Kotoku, that by the next adjourned date of November 25, 2015, the A-G would have made available the advice for the trial to commence.
However, counsel for the two accused persons described the persistent requests for adjournment as “unfair”.
According to them, they hope the undue delays associated with the trial which is now over six months since it began would soon give way to a speedy trial.
Afoko, a farmer and the younger brother of the suspended National Chairman of the NPP; is being held for murder, while Issah and Asabke Alangdi a member of the NPP has been charged with abetment of crime and are all being held in police custody for allegedly pouring acid on the late Mahama. Their pleas have not been taken.
On July 10, 2015, the Accra Magistrate’s Court admitted Issah to bail in the sum of GHc20,000, with four sureties and asked him to report himself to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service before noon from Monday to Thursday until the case is disposed of.
The court is said to have however, declined bail for Afoko after it refused to accept that there had not been any unreasonable delay in the matter.
At the previous sitting on October 13, 2015, when the court demanded from the prosecution whether it had made any follow-up on the case at the A-G’s Department, it said since the matter involved murder, the prosecution needed to tread cautiously and were therefore waiting for an advice from the A-G.
On May 14, 2015, the late Adam Mahama died of shocked lungs and extensive acid burns purported to have been masterminded by Gregory and his accomplices.