Family of late Upper East NPP Chairman petitions CJ

The family of Adams Mahama, Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)  who died from an acid attack, has petitioned the Chief Justice to look into some decisions of the High Court trying the accused person in the case, Gregory Afoko.
Among other things, the family has issues with the decision of the court to remand the accused in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), instead of prison custody. 
At the court sitting yesterday, the prosecutor and Chief State Attorney, Mr Matthew Amponsah, drew the attention of the court to the petition.
According to the petition, copied to the presiding judge, Mr Justice  Lawrence L. Mensah, and the Attorney-General (A-G), the family was against the conditions set by the court, which include the fact that the A-G must, at all times of the court sitting, keep to its time and also produce all its witnesses.
But the presiding judge, Mr Justice  Mensah, was of the view that although the petition was not really necessary, it was not within his jurisdiction to take any action since the Chief Justice was in the position to direct the court as to what to do. 
He, therefore, adjourned the case to May 3, pending a directive from the Chief Justice. 
At the court’s last sitting, the A-G had asked  it to remand the accused person in prison custody, but the judge was of the view that given the many challenges that compelled murder trials before the courts to delay, including broken-down and unavailability of vehicles, it would be better to hold the suspect in BNI custody.
That, the judge said, would also speed up the trial, since the accused person would be brought to court readily. 
I’m not guilty 
Afoko has pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy and murder.
The court subsequently fixed yesterday  as the day for the trial to begin.
In all, the state is expected to call 15 witnesses, including the widow of the deceased, Hajia Zenabu Adams.
On April 5, 2016, the court constituted a seven-member jury to pave the way for the trial of Afoko.
The composition of the  seven-member jury, made up of three males and four females, was arrived at after Afoko had used his right to three peremptory challenges to reject three potential jurors, two males and a female.
Facts
According to the facts of the case, on May 14, 2015, Gregory’s brother, Mr Paul Afoko, and Mr Kwabena Agyepong, then National Chairman and General Secretary respectively of the NPP arrived in Bolgatanga for a meeting.
Adams Mahama, the prosecution claimed, organised some thugs to violently attack the two, scuttling the planned meeting at the Azumsolon Guest House, accusing them of campaigning against the flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and also not notifying him of the meeting. 
The situation, according to the prosecution, was later brought under control by the police, adding that Gregory who was then upset, confronted Mahama but was chased out by thugs. 
Another group
The facts also noted that Gregory and one Asabke formed another youth group in their bid to protect persons perceived to be against Nana Akufo-Addo.
It said Gregory and Asabke held a series of meetings with the youth and on May 20, 2015, they laid ambush at Mahama’s residence with a substance suspected to be acid.
“Adams Mahama returned home around 11:10 p.m. in his pick-up vehicle, with registration number NR 761 – 14, and immediately he parked the vehicle in front of his house, Gregory and Asabke went close and signalled him to roll down the glass. 
“Mahama identified the suspects to be party members and rolled down the glass to talk to them. Suddenly, the suspects poured the substance, suspected to be acid, on his head, face and other parts of his body and fled on a motorbike.
“Mahama started screaming for help and his wife, Hajia Zenabu Adams, went to his aid and managed to bring him out of the vehicle,” the prosecution added
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and immediately he parked the vehicle in front of his house, Gregory and Asabke went close and signalled him to roll down the glass.
“Mahama identified the suspects to be party members and rolled down the glass to talk to them. Suddenly, the suspects poured the substance, suspected to be acid, on his head, face and other parts of his body and fled on a motorbike.
“Mahama started screaming for help and his wife, Hajia Zenabu Adams, went to his aid and managed to bring him out of the vehicle,” the prosecution added.
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and immediately he parked the vehicle in front of his house, Gregory and Asabke went close and signalled him to roll down the glass.
“Mahama identified the suspects to be party members and rolled down the glass to talk to them. Suddenly, the suspects poured the substance, suspected to be acid, on his head, face and other parts of his body and fled on a motorbike.
“Mahama started screaming for help and his wife, Hajia Zenabu Adams, went to his aid and managed to bring him out of the vehicle,” the prosecution added.
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