Gregory Afoko denounces prosecution witness in ongoing trial

Gregory Afoko
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One of the two persons standing trial for the murder of the NPP Upper East Regional Chairman, Adam Mahama, Gregory Afoko, has denied ever knowing one Robert Atule, a Prosecution Witness in the ongoing trial.

Mr Atule told the Court that he is a friend to Afoko and were more like brothers in the Bolgatanga Estate where they both lived until the incident that led to the death of the late Mahama.

Giving his Evidence-in-Chief led by Chief State Attorney Marina Appiah, the witness said, he met Afoko a day before the incident who expressed to him (witness) the grudge between his elderly brother Paul Afoko, then National Chairman of the NPP and the late Adams Mahama who was NPP Regional Chairman.

He said, acting as a senior brother to Afoko, he asked him to come over to his office to calm him down but the witness said Afoko never came as agreed. Under cross-examination by Lawyer Stephen Sowah Charway, holding brief for Osafo Buabeng, told the witness that, he does not know Afoko anywhere, but the witness disagreed saying he knows him and they know themselves.

Counsel further suggest to the witness that, his testimony to the court about meeting Afoko somewhere in May 19, 2015, a day before the alleged acid incident was never true and it was an afterthought. The witness said “If he is saying so, he can’t say yes or no but he knows him and he has met him.

The next witness is expected to appear in court on the 24th of this month. The court ordered that accused person be sent to Nsawam.

This was after Lawyer for Afoko requested to the court to remand the accused persons to Prison custody at Nsawam. The accused persons have since been in the custody of the National Investigations Bureau.

He said his client, who has had a surgery on his arm is having his health deteriorated at the NIB custody and want him transferred to the Nsawam Prisons where he can have enough ventilation and move freely. The case has been adjourned to the 24 of this month.


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