THE DISTRICT Police Commander at Kpeve in the Volta Region, DSP Thomas Yaw Agbanyo, has told the High Court in Accra that Gregory Afoko had a hand in the death of the chairman of the Upper East Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama.
According to DSP Agbanyo, who was the Bolgatanga Regional Police Public Affairs Officer when the incident occurred, when Afoko was arrested on the dawn of May 21, 2015, Afoko asked them “why are you following this foolish man?”, referring to Mahama as the ‘foolish man’.
The District Commander told the court, presided over by Justice Lawrence L. Mensah, a Court of Appeal judge sitting with additional responsibility as a High Court judge, that Afoko said “they (Friends of Paul Afoko) will resist any attempt by the then chairman to stop the then [NPP] national chairman Paul Afoko from performing his duties in the region.”
Giving evidence as the seventh prosecution witness in the case in which Gregory Afoko is facing murder trial for the death of the Upper East NPP chairman, DSP Agbanyo explained that when they got to the house of Afoko, he came out almost naked.
“The crime officer (Alex Asamoah Frimpong) told him to dress well and after dressing up, he was cautioned and arrested at around 2:30 a.m. on May 21, 2015. We kept him in the police vehicle so that he would take us to Asabke Alandge (at large). When we were going to Asabke’s house to arrest him, Afoko asked us, ‘why are you following this foolish man?’referring to the late Adams Mahama.”
The former Public Affairs Regional Police Officer said he had known Afoko for 10 years in Bolgatanga and he (DSP Agbanyo) knew Afoko at the time that he had a dreadlock on his head.
According to him, anytime he called Afoko by the name Rasta, he responded by saying ‘Chief-Chief’ and that was how they referred to each other.
Late Veep Aliu Mahama
Being led by Chief State Attorney, Mr Matthew Amponsah to give evidence, DSP Agbanyo told the court that he also knew the Chairman Adams to be the Aide-Camp of Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, and that he was always with them when there was a regional campaign tour and “I go there to cover as the public affairs officer for the regional command.”
He told the court that on May 20, 2015, he was together with four other policemen on patrol duties in Bolgatanga and its environs, and at about 1:30a.m. on May 21, 2015, at Yikine suburb of Bolgatanga, “a vehicle came from the Navrongo direction, stopped by us, and the occupant introduced himself as the regional treasurer of the NPP executive and told us that some people had poured a substance suspected to be acid on the NPP regional chairman Adams Mahama.”
According to him, he (Mahama) had been rushed to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital and “we the patrol team followed up to the hospital and when we got there, we saw Adams Mahama at the Emergency Ward lying on the hospital bed with a piece of cloth [covering him].
“The medical team was attending to him and there were several people there. I saw burns on the upper part of the body and they were peeling off and Tawfik and the wife told us that Adams told him that it was Afoko and Alandgi who poured acid on him.”