General News Tue, 20 Aug 2013

Court sentences NPP activist to death by hanging

The Tamale High court presided over by Justice Lawrence Mensah has sentenced a youth activist of the NPP Yakubu Yahuza to death by hanging.

He was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to murder.

Four other activists of the party Abibu Dagbana, Majeed Alhassan, Alhassan Sayibu and Imoro Gundaana, were also convicted for conspiracy to murder and will serve 36 years in prison.

The decision was taken by a seven-member jury.

The five were arrested in February 2009 following a political clash between NPP and NDC youth in Tamale, resulting in the death of Rashid Alhassan, a youth activist of the NDC.

Several houses, vehicles and motorbikes and other properties in Gumbihini, Choggu and other surrounding communities in the Tamale metropolis were also set ablaze.

Counsel for the five convicted persons Nana Obiri Boahene told Joy News that his clients’ trial was politically motivated and ruling perverse.

Nana Obiri Boahene also said he will be appealing against the decision of the seven-member jury.

Source: Joy Online