Anwar Sadat Mohammed
ANWAR SADAT Mohammed aka ‘Alhaji’, the prime suspect in the killing of the Asamponghene, Oheneba Kwadwo Aforduor, has been remanded into prisons custody.
The suspect, who is also known as ‘Mallam’, had been charged with murder and he would reappear before the same court on October 17, 2019.
Lawyers of the suspect had pleaded with the court to grant him bail but the judge refused, explaining that the court doesn’t have the power to grant bail in a murder case, which is a first degree felony.
Her Worship Portia Molly Ahafo-Salia therefore granted the wish of the prosecutor, Inspector, Edward Kwame Adade, for more time to investigate case by remanding the suspect.
The Asamponghene was found dead in his black Land cruiser vehicle on the outskirts of Ejura, in the Ashanti Region, on Sunday, August 18, this year.
A gallon of petrol, matches and other items, used in starting a fire, were found in the car, given indication that his killers had attempted to burn him and the car to clear evidence.
The Prosecutor, Inspector Edward Kwame Adade, speaking with journalists after the court proceedings, said the suspect was not cooperating with the investigations.
According to him, Alhaji was initially cooperating with the investigators after he was nabbed from Burkina Faso, but he has suddenly stopped cooperating nowadays.
The prosecutor also said the police were doing everything possible to arrest other people (suspects) in the murder case so that they would also face the law.
“Just as we were able to arrest Sadat Mohammed from his hideout in Burkina Faso, so will the police arrest anybody who is connected to the case,” he assured.
Lawyer Stephen Alewabah, who held brief for the substantive lawyer of Sadat, John Ndebugri, said they would proceed to a higher court to get bail for their client.
According to him, every offence can be granted bail in the country, adding that lower courts don’t have the power to grant bail in such matters so “we will proceed to a higher court and get bail for him”.
Meanwhile, there was huge number of people, possibly friends and family members of the late Asamponghene, who stormed the court premises.
The crowd, which seemed agitated, was intermittently seen hurling insults and insinuations at Sadat, who was looking very quiet even after leaving the courtroom.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi