Klagon Chief, six more indicted for murder

Chief of Klagon, Nii Bortey Klan I, and six others remanded into police custody. They are accused of causing the death of Ibrahim Mohammed Abass over a parcel of land. The six, alleged to be land guards, are Hamidu Fuseini, Tahiru Mamudu, Haruna Yakubu, Latif Moro, Kwaku Anane, also known as Kobo; and Richard Annang Kotey.

Three others: Abdul Baasi Mohammed, Awudu Buju, Yahaya Mohammed, aka Olu; and Osmanu Ibrahim are reportedly on the run. The court presided over by Ms. Ama Adomko Kwakye, did not take their pleas. The accused persons are to reappear on Thursday, February 18, after which they will reappear in court again. The Court, after listening to the lawyers and the prosecutor, declined the request to discharge the accused persons. It, however, urged the prosecution to ensure that they received the requisite medical care.

Abbas was previously a confidant and instrumental in the installation of the chief. The prosecution said the chief conspired with Anane, Kotey, and Mohammed to kill Abbas. Abbas was later attacked by Fuseini and four others while on his motorbike to his private residence. He was kidnapped, driven to Nii Klan’s house, and later taken to the Klagon Ramsar Site, where he was tortured to death, the court heard.

The preliminary cause of death was “Asphyxiation, strangulation and suspected homicide,” the court was told. The case is expected to be heard in December this year at the Accra Magistrates’ Court, Accra, after an initial hearing in October.

The prosecution is seeking a sentence of life in prison for the murder of Abbas, who is alleged to have defected to the rival faction in the general land litigation in the area. The court heard that the accused persons and those at large were instructed to prevent Abass from developing portions of the land at the Ramsar site.