Contradictions plague Afoko Murder Trial



…As PW3, PW1 Give Different Stories In Evidence in Chief

Evidence-in-chief of Prosecution Witness 3, Asigri Quinn, in the ongoing trial of Gregory Afoko, over the 2015 murder of Mahama Adams, late Upper East regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), failed to buttress some crucial claims of the star witness in the case, PW1, Mrs. Zenabu Adams.

Contrary to Mrs. Adams’ earlier claim in her evidence in chief, and subsequently under cross examination, that the acid attack on her late husband had overwhelmed him to the point of painful immobility, Mr. Quinn claims that when he responded to distress calls from the late Mahama’s house, he saw the deceased upstanding and restlessly perambulating.

“I opened the back of my house and walked to the deceased’s house. I met the deceased and his wife (PW1). There was no other person in the house.

“The deceased asked me to send him to the hospital. He was standing and was in pain, crying and was moving up and down.”

Mr. Asigri’s claim contradicts Mrs. Zenabu Adams’ claim that the deceased was so immobilized by pain from acid burns that she had to virtually carry him out of his car and place him on the floor of their house.

She had claimed that the help to her husband had led to she sustaining injuries to the arm and breast.

“I went and held him and brought him down from the car and he was still wailing.

“I put my husband on the ground. The clothes he was wearing fell on the seat of the car and were beyond recognition as a result of the substance that was poured on him.

“I went into the room and came back with a cloth to cover my husband’s nakedness. All this while he was still lying on the ground crying and wailing. I collected the remains of my husband’s clothes and put them in a rubber bag,” Mrs. Mahama had earlier told the cour.

The contradiction by Asigri Quinn to the effect that the late Adams Mahama had not been immobilized by pain after the acid attack that took his life goes to the heart of evidence adduced so far before the court.

According to PW1, it was the painful immobility from the acid attack that led to the deceased shouting for help from the wife, consequent to which, the wife who has claimed the husband mentioned Gregory Afoko and one Asabke Alangdi as assailants, rushed out and helped him out of his car.

It was upon rushing to help the husband that selfsame PW1, Mrs. Adams, claimed to have discovered the gallon that had been used to perpetrate the acid attack.

PW2, Zuweira Issaka, has also claimed that the deceased had caused her to bend her ear towards him while he was lying on a bed in the Emergency Ward of the Bolga Central hospital, before he could announce to her that Gregory Afoko and the other suspect were the perpetrators of the acid attack on him.

PW2’s claim had been supportive to the claim that the deceased had been practically immobilized by the attack.

However, PW3, who is said to have driven the deceased to hospital for medical attention, points out that when he got to the deceased’s house, the deceased was upstanding and perambulating; not immobilized by pain on the ground like PW1 claimed.

Asigri Quinn adds in the evidence in chief that upon returning home to dress up properly and driving back in his car to the deceased’s house to pick up the deceased, the deceased himself walked to the car and sat down in the passenger seat without help.

“I used my personal car which at the time was parked in front of my house. I reversed my car to the deceased’s house and the deceased opened the back door and sat down.”

Mr. Quinn adds that when they got to the hospital, the deceased requested that one Tofic be called and that it was while he, (Quinn) was placing the call that he saw the bedridden deceased motion to PW2 (Zuweira Issaka) to bend her ear towards him on the bed.

He said he did not hear what the deceased had told PW2.

However, he continued that upon Tofic appearing at the hospital, the same deceased who was constrained to motion for PW2 to bend towards his bed before he could whisper to her, “rose up” from his bed and announced to the hearing of everyone that it was Gregory Afoko and another who had attacked him.

“Not quite long after that Tofic came to the hospital. Upon deceased seeing Tofic, he rose up and sat on the bed and said that he knew he would die and that if he dies it is Gregory Afoko and Asabke who killed him. And that Tofic should take good care of the wife and children and that if he dies they should send him to the village and bury him.

“The deceased did not end there. He called PW1 and repeated the same thing that he knew he would die and if he dies it is Gregory Afoko and Asabke who had done this to him and that the wife should take good care of the children and that if he dies they should send him to the village for burial. I heard the deceased say these in the Hausa language.”

PW3’s claim against Gregory Afoko and Sabke Alangdi, corroborated by PW1 and PW2, is a claim that had allegedly been made by a dead man. The whole of the state’s prosecution is based on this tale supposedly told by a dead man before he died.

The late Admas Mahama, had, allegedly, been waylaid in front of his own house at the SSNIT Flats in Bolga and attacked with acid by some assailants that his widow claims were Gregory Afoko and one Asabke Alangdi who is on the run.

Mr. Afoko has pleaded not guilty.

In the course of adjudication, serious doubt was cast on the objectivity of the State’s prosecution when it emerged that the state had secretly requested for money from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to aid its prosecution. Gregory Afoko, is brother to Paul Afoko, who had been controversially removed as National Chairman of the ruling party by a faction of the party loyal to President Akufo-Addo.

Also, cross-examination of the main witness in the case, PW1, Hajia Zenabu Adams, who is the widow of the late Adams Mahama, has led to some interesting contradictions.

She, for instance, projects the view that her husband had been attacked right in front of the doorstep of their house at the Bolga SSNIT house, however, she claims that she heard the husband wailing for help after the attack and not during the attack.

Mrs. Zenabu claims, upon hearing the wails of the husband, she rushed out to his aid, sustaining acid wounds on her arm and her abreast after helping his acid drenched and immobilized husband out of the car and sprawling him on the floor. Interestingly however, she did not sustain injuries to her fingers because she claims she had worn rubber gloves at the time of the attempted rescue.

On the 21st of May 2015, the day of the acid attack and the rescue attempt that led to injuries on her arm and breast, she claims she reported to the police and got a medical form to seek medical attention. However, official reports indicate that she went for medical attention on 13th July, 2015.

Mrs. Adams also claims that as part of evidence that the police had collected from her, she had handed over fragments of her husband’s clothes which were frazzled by acid, the shoe he had worn on the fateful day and the gallon that had been used for the acid attack. However, she had never remembered to give the rubber glove that she had worn on her fingers to help the husband to the police.

But perhaps the most shocking of all, she said the Police never took a statement from her even though she had gone together in a police car to Gregory Afoko’s house to arrest him as main suspect, and gotten a medical form for medical attention.

In what appears to be shocking incompetence on the part of the State prosecutors, a photograph that was supposed to capture Mrs. Adams in her wounded state for evidential purpose, neither captured her face nor the wounds.



Source: Fiifi Samuels

The Republic News Online

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