Three nabbed for murder of assemblyman; One year after committing act

BY: Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor
From left to right : Kwabenah Yeboah, alias Mugabe, Aladago Moses and Cosmos Frimpong (brother of the deceased assemblyman)

The Ashanti Regional Command of the Ghana Police Service has apprehended three suspects in connection with the shooting to death of Samuel Frimpong, a former assembly member for the Akonfre Electoral Area, at Atwima Techiman over a year ago.

The three who were arrested following police intelligence are Kwabena Yeboah, alias Mugabe, 30, believed to be the leader of the gang; Aladago Moses, 35, and Cosmos Frimpong, the late Frimpong’s brother.

The arrest of the suspects followed the arrest of a suspected armed robber, Emmanuel Duah, alias Sammy Tuga, who told the police that Yeboah, the leader of his ring, was the brain behind Frimpong’s murder.

Police briefing

Briefing the press in Kumasi Wednesday, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kofi Boakye, said the police had always suspected that Frimpong had been assassinated because the attackers did not take anything from the deceased.

He said following his arrest, Duah told the police that Yeboah had informed him some time last year about a contract to kill an assembly member close to Kumasi.

Though he did not take part in the attack, Duah is alleged to have told the police that the contract was engineered by the late assembly member’s brother, who had said he would inherit Frimpong after his death.

Arrest

Based on that information, DCOP Boakye said, the other suspects were picked up, including Cosmos, who, indeed, had inherited his late brother.

Meanwhile, Yeboah has denied involvement in the killing of Frimpong and said he did not even know Duah.

However, Duah has been identified by a victim of an armed robbery in which he and Duah took part.

Background

On March 3, 2014, Frimpong, then the assembly member for Akonfre, was shot in front of his house as he was returning home from his company site, in the company of his Chinese partners.

The assailants had laid ambush in front of Frimpong’s house and opened fire on him when he was about getting down to open the gate to his house. They fled on motorbikes after committing the act.