The family of Gregory Afoko, the man accused in 2015 of the murder of Alhaji Adams Mahama, the then New Patriotic Party’s Upper East Regional Chairman, says he is alive.
Some media reports claimed that Afoko died from COVID-19 complications.
But the family says such reports are false.
The family made this known in a press statement issued today, November 21, 2020.
“The Royal Ayieta family of Sandema wishes to inform all, that the news trending about Gregory Afoko’s demise is false. Gregory is in some form of good health & has in the past week even tested negative for COVID-19.”
The family insists further added, “these developments make us suspect that someone is hatching a sinister plan to harm our son. We are forced to call on the Builsa community and all those who genuinely believe in human rights to collectively save a soul who has been facing gross injustice at the hands of the state and its actors”.
“The family will hold the authorities individually and collectively responsible if anything untoward happens to Greg.”
About Gregory’s detainment
The then Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Alhaji 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.
Mr. Mahama later died from the injuries at the Bolgatanga General Hospital.
Afoko was initially the only one standing trial after Alangdi allegedly absconded from Ghana.
After more than three years of trial, the Attorney-General (A-G) filed a nolle prosequi on January 28, 2019, to discontinue the trial following the arrest of Alangdi.
Mr. Afoko challenged the nolle prosequi by filing a case at the Supreme Court, but on June 19, 2019, the apex court dismissed the case on the premise that Afoko failed to prove that the nolle prosequi was capricious, unfair and arbitrary.
He was in March 2019 granted bail to the tune of GHc500,000 but the state ignored the court’s ruling and continued to hold the suspect in custody.
Below is the full statement from the Afoko family
GREGORY AFOKO IS ALIVE AND HEALTHY
The Royal Ayieta family of Sandema, wishes to inform all, that the news trending about Gregory Afoko’s demise is false. Greg is in some form of good health & has in the past week even tested negative for Covid-19.
This malevolent false news is without credibility. The hidden hands behind it are doing so to achieve a certain evil outcome.
The family will hold the authorities individually and collectively responsible if anything untoward happens to Greg.
He has been held unlawfully in BNI custody in solitary confinement for over a year. Unlawfully because he had been remanded into prison custody by a court but was removed by force from the Nsawam prison to BNI custody where access to him has been excessively restricted.
These developments make us suspect that someone is hatching a sinister plan to harm our son. We are forced to call on the Builsa community and all those who GENUINELY believe in human rights to collectively save a soul who has been facing gross injustice at the hands of the state and its actors.
Robert Atong Asekabta, Spokesperson, Ayieta Family, Sandema
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