The Ashanti Regional Police Command has rearrested and remanded all six persons alleged to have been involved in the murder of 38-year-old Bright Appiah at Adum Afrancho following a disagreement.
The prime suspect, Kwasi Brefo Manu, was remanded while five other accused persons, including the chief of the area and a police officer, were granted bail by an Asokwa District Court on Tuesday.
But they were shortly re-arrested and hauled before the Akropong Circuit Court on fresh charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder on Wednesday.
Police prosecutors prayed the court, presided by His Honour Nana Brew, to remand the accused persons whilst police continued with investigations.
There was an immense tension at the forecourt of the Asokwa District Court after presiding Judge Kizita Naa Koowa Quarshie, had granted Chief Inspector Emmanuel Opoku Addai, of the Kokoben Police Station, a “self-recognizance bail.”
A heavy police presence prevented a chaotic scene by some aggrieved residents from Adum Afrancho who were opposed to the court’s decision.
On Sunday July 3, a 23-year-old bar operator, Samuel Yeboah, was stabbed multiple times in a scuffle.
A protracted chieftaincy and land dispute had gripped the small community in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region.
The seven-year-old dispute had seen major clashes between two feuding royal families.
Akwasi Brefo Manu, aka ‘K Man’, the prime suspect, is currently on admission at the Dominase Hospital. He has been charged with murder.
The chief of Adum Afrancho, Nana Osei Yaw I, Kwaku Amankwaa, Akwasi Addai and Kwame Darko, who could not appear in court because of injury, were all charged with “Rioting and Possession of offensive weapons.”
Meanwhile, a physical exchange between two farmers has left one dead at Lamboya, near Zebila in the Bawku District of the Upper East Region.
The deceased, 50-year-old Mba Avoka, was hacked to death with a hoe by his longtime friend, Akelisi, 60, after a misunderstanding ensued on the farm.
According to reports, the suspect, who is mentally unstable, had attacked the victim unprovoked, forcing him to retaliate. This happened after the misunderstanding was settled and they returned to work.
However, Akelisi allegedly attacked the deceased again, hacking the victim’s head multiple times with a hoe in the process.
According to reports, the residents were alerted to the farm by screams from other farmers while the victim was battling for his life.
The Zebila Police who were called to the scene transported the body to the mortuary. Akelisi has, however, been detained and is assisting police with further investigations.