It has emerged that suspects in the case involving the murdered Mfantseman MP, Ekow Quansah Hayford were arrested after his stolen mobile phone was traced.
Giving brief facts of the case to an Accra Circuit Court, Chief Inspector Seth Frimpong said on October 9, the police received information that armed robbers, numbering about six had mounted barriers on the Abeadze -Dominase Mankesim road.
According to him, upon the arrival of the police at the scene, they found several vehicles parked with a number of victims wounded.
He said, while Patrick Asante a KIA Truck driver, and Uncle Isaah the late MP’s driver were found to be seriously injured, the MP was dead
Subsequently, the police cleared the road to traffic and conveyed the victims to Winneba and Cape Coast Hospitals for medical attention.
Chief Inspector Frimpong said they were told by eyewitnesses that the MP arrived with his campaign team onboard a Mitsubishi pickup branded in NPP colours.
The robbers then started to fire gunshots into the vehicle, bursting the tires and resulting in the car running into a ditch.
The robbers quickly surrounded them and demanded for all their valuables while pointing a gun at Stephen Allan who they assumed was the MP.
Continuing with his narration, the Chief Inspector told the court that, it was the MP who owned up and identified himself.
“So they pounced on him and collected his Samsung Galaxy A50 mobile phone and demanded money,” he added.
But Mr Quansah Hayford pleaded with them to follow him home for money since he did not have any on him.
He is alleged to have explained that, he had used up all his money during the campaign tour; a revelation that infuriated the robbers and caused them to shot him.
Chief Inspector Frimpong said in the course of their investigations, the police traced the MP’s Samsung Galaxy A50 mobile phone to Kumasi Aboabo where the first arrest was made.
The suspect, Nasiru Fudailu who was in possession of the phone told the police that he bought the device at a cost of ¢750 from one, Alhassan Abubakar.
Fudailu, then led the police to Kumasi Akwatialine, where Abubakar was also picked up.
During his interrogation, Abubakar alleged that he also bought the phone from Mohammed (no last name stated) for ¢650.
However, efforts to trace, the said Mohammed has proven futile. He is believed to have fled and is currently wanted by the police.
Chief Inspector Frimpong told the court that further investigation led to the arrest of more suspects, bringing the total number to six.
They include Alhasan Abubakar alias Fulani, a phone repairer; Nasiru Fudailu, a businessman; Alhassan Mahama Yaya, alias Mystical Cloud, a resident of Dansoman; and Amadu Yakubu, a mobile money vendor.
The others are Haruna Osmanu, a trader, and Adam Alhasan.
They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery.
Meanwhile, the Circuit Court presided over by Evelyn Asamoah has remanded the six suspected robbers into police custody to reappear on October 30, 2020.