Gregory Afoko, one of the suspects alleged to have been involved in the killing of the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Adams Mahama, in 2015, as been granted bail by the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court.
The bail is to the tune of GH¢500,000 with two sureties, one of which must be justified. The bail which was as a result of a bail application filed by Afoko’s lawyers as part of the conditions.
Presiding judge, Justice George Buadi, also ordered Afoko to report himself to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service every two weeks.
Afoko is currently facing committal proceedings at the District Court. This was after the Attorney- General (A-G) filed a nolle prosequi to discontinue his trial at the High Court which started in 2016 following the arrest of a second suspect, Asabke Alangdi.
The then Chairman of the party, Adams Mahama suffered severe bodily injuries after a substance suspected to be acid was allegedly poured on him in front of his house in Bolgatanga on May 20, 2015. He later died from the injuries at the Bolgatanga General Hospital.
The pathologist who performed the post – mortem on the deceased, Dr. Lawrence Edusei, noted that the late NPP chieftain, who was allegedly attacked by Gregory Afoko, died of shocked lungs due to the extensive burns.
Afoko’s trial started in 2016 and was nearing completion after the prosecution and the defence had closed their cases. On January 26, 2019, Afoko closed his case after he and his brother, John Ishmael Afoko, had testified.
The prosecution, led by a Chief State Attorney, Matthew Amponsah, had called 14 individuals as prosecution witnesses. Subsequently, the presiding judge, Justice Lawrence Mensah, directed the two parties to file their written addresses.
However, on January 28, 2019, the A-G filed a nolle prosequi to discontinue the trial following the arrest of the other suspect, Asabke Alangdi, who had been on the run since the incident occurred in 2015.
Afoko and Alangdi were then put before the Accra Central District Court on provisional charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder for committal proceedings, which are a prelude to the trial at the High Court.