Eighteen suspects arrested in connection with the chaos at Akooko, which resulted in the killing of two persons and injury of several others including three policemen last month had been refused bail by the Koforidua District Court ‘B’ presided over by Mr. Abdul-Razak Musah.
The eighteen accused persons who had already spent 17 days on remand are to re-appear in court on October 23.
They have been charged with six counts of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of murder, causing unlawful damage, causing harm and rioting with offensive weapons.
The 18 accused persons are Eunice Asante, Samuel Asiedu, Opare Isaac, Seth Twum Ampofo, Kwaku Amoako, Francis Yeboah, Eric Kofi Ansah Boakye, Charles Kumodzi and Frank Kumodzi.
The rest are Solomon Owusu Yeboah, Haruna Issah, Gyankyi Kingsley, Mohammed Abdullai, Kofi Torku, Kwabena Boateng, Evans Tawiah, Otoo Bright and Wisdom Agbenya.
Four of the accused persons who were granted an unconditional bail last week, on grounds of ill-health by the Human Rights Court as a result of an application filed by their counsel, Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea, included the Queen mother of Akooko, Afia Afram Korantemaa II, Nana Yaw Okyere, the Abusuapanyin, Ofosu Adjei, the Assemblyman and Kwasi Botwe, the Dwantoahene.
All the four except the queen mother were present at the court.
Briefing the Court, Mr Cyril Boateng Keteku, the prosecuting State Attorney, said the Criminal Investigative Department of the Ghana Police Service was yet to conclude its investigations on the case, and pleaded with the court to give it more time to conclude the investigations.
Mr Prosper Yaw Ntow, Counsel for seven of the accused persons, whose plea for the granting of bail by the court were refused, argued that his clients were not residents of Akooko and that they were only pulled by curiosity to the town to see what was happening there, “only for them to be rounded up by the police.” GNA