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Entertainment Fri, 14 Feb 2003

I'm afraid - Okalla

Ace comedian and alleged rapist, Bishop Bob Okalla, is playing hide-and-seek with the police. Three weeks after an order was issued for his arrest, he is yet to be apprehended.

A two-man team from the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command, which wants him to answer a rape charge, arrived in Accra last Thursday 6 February and managed to locate his residence. The team, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Alex Yartey Tawiah, identified Okalla’s residence at Teshie Abaabi, but did not meet him at home.

According to ASP Yartey Tawiah, one Yaw Mensah, alias ‘Moon Die’, who identified himself as a close associate of the comedian, told the police team that they arrived after Okalla had gone out. Attempts to locate him in the neighbourhood proved futile.

When Okalla was called on a mobile phone number provided by Moondie, the comedian is alleged to have responded but turned the phone off when he was told that the police were after him. The police left a number for Okalla to call whenever he returned.

When later Okalla called ASP Yartey Tawiah, Okalla is alleged to have said in Twi: “Master, I’m afraid.” After agreeing to meet the police team in his own interest, the comedian kept the team waiting at the National Theatre for another lengthy period. He finally phoned again only to repeat his apprehension, after which he switched off his phone.

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Police surveillance on the house has revealed that Okalla has since not returned home. Although he is alleged to live with his wife and children, the woman was said to have travelled the very day the police managed to locate the house.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz, ASP Yartey Tawiah reiterated the police appeal to the public to assist in apprehending the suspect.

Meanwhile, a medical report issued from the St. Theresa’s Hospital at Nkoranza and signed by Dr Tolgou, indicated that Okalla’s alleged victim had been treated on January 8, 2003.

Source: Graphic Showbiz
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