Family of Murdered Chief Angry Over Release of Prime Suspect

Family members of the late Development Chief of Ardeyman community in Accra, Nii Tetteh Sarbah, who was killed under very bizarre circumstances are appealing to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, to call for an immediate re-arrest of the Dzaasetse of Ardeyman, Nii Okaikoifio I.

Speaking in an interview with Today yesterday in Accra, the visibly aggrieved family members could not comprehend why the Greater Accra Regional Police Command has granted police enquiry bail to Nii Okaikoifio I, who has been arrested with the 21 suspects, who had been charged with murder.

The late chief was shot and butchered to death on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Nii Okaikoifio I, who the family members alleged, is “the prime suspect in the killing of Nii Tetteh Sarbah,” was granted bail on Thursday, June 27, 2017, a day before the 21 suspects went to the Adjabeng District Court in Accra with the charge of the gruesome murder of the chief.

“We are surprised to hear that the prime suspect in the killing of our beloved chief will not be prosecuted after the police granted him bail to go scot-free; he is now walking free in Ardeyman,” they said angrily.

The family members fumed: “That is absolutely horrendous.  If that is not a perverse use of the law, I think there is something wrong,” they added.

They also called on the IGP to constitute an independent committee of inquiry to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of the late chief.

Twenty-one people alleged to be involved in the murder of the chief have been remanded in police custody by the Adjabeng District Court presided over by Mr. Isaac Addo, to reappear in court on Monday, July 12, 2017.

The court remanded them for the police to conduct further investigations into the case.

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