Murder of Tamale pastor: Two students remanded into prison custody

BY: Samuel Duodu

A Tamale High Court has remanded into prison custody two students of the Tamale Technical University who are standing trial for the murder of the head pastor of the End Time Bible Believers Fellowship at Kumbuyili, near Tamale.

The court presided over by Mr Justice Edward Apemkwa on Tuesday remanded the accused persons, Dogyi Kwame, 28 and Akwasi Obio, 21, into prison custody to reappear before the court on April 24, 2018.

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Dokyi and Obio who are facing the charge of conspiracy and murder have pleaded not guilty.

They were represented in court by Mr. Halid Abdul Rauf who told the court that at the appropriate time they would prove the innocence of the accused persons but did not object to the decision of the court not to grant them bail.

The Principal State Attorney, Mr. Salia Abdul Quduss who presented the facts of the case said the prosecution has nine witnesses to call and would begin calling them at the next sitting.


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Facts

On November 9, 2017, the two accused persons around 11am are said to have attacked Pastor Ocran at Kumbuyili, near Malshegu on the Tamale -Kumbungu road.

They were said to have stabbed him with a knife in the chest and later hit him with a pestle in the head killing him instantly and locked the body in a room.

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The police said after the act the accused persons took away a Samsung Galaxy phone, an amount of GH₵200 and drove away a Toyota Highlander 4×4 vehicle with registration number GN 1763-14 all belonging to the deceased.

At about 10.00pm on the same day, Ben Asamoah, an assistant pastor of the church informed the police that he visited the head pastor and found him dead in his house and his Toyota Highlander vehicle was also missing.

On November 10, 2017 at about 3pm, the police in the Northern region had information had been sent to the Tamale Industrial Area for re-spraying and thereafter for sale at a cost of GH₵20,000.

The police feigned interest in buying the car and through investigations, Kwame Dogyi, a third year Engineering student of TaTU was arrested and he mentioned his cousin, Akwasi Obio also a third-year student of the same university as his accomplice.