A 34-year-old man, Vincent Adjei, described by the police as the ring leader in the murder of the Assemblymember for Sogakope South, Mawutor Adzahli, and four other alleged accomplices have been remanded to prison custody.
He and the four – Bright Awuya 33; Franklin Tench 22; Ansong Steven 26; and Amos Agbaklah 25 – face conspiracy and murder charges.
They are expected to be in prison until May 26 when they will make their next appearance in court.
According to the police, the five suspects were arrested from different locations across the country.
Meanwhile, the police are encouraging the public to continue to volunteer accurate and timely information to assist in the investigation of the crime.
Mawutor Adzahli was murdered in his house on March 1 by some unknown assailants.
He was shot multiple times in what some believe to be a contract killing, an incident that sparked violent protests in the town. His wife, who was assaulted by the unknown assailants, was said to have collapsed later.
The attackers were said to have refused to accept GHC30,000 offer from the victim’s wife in a plea to save his life, insisting money was not the reason for the attack.
They subsequently snatched the money only after they had shot, stabbed and killed Mawutor.
The main highway linking the Greater Accra region to parts of Volta region through Sogakope, as well as other major roads, were blocked by some angry protestors who have been demanding justice for the assembly member.
They claimed the police could have averted the incident if they were a little proactive.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings announced 25,000 cedis for anyone who offers information leading to the arrest of the killers of the assemblyman. The Volta Regional Minister also announced GHC10,000 bounty on the killers.