Since after the gruesome murder of Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu, the police and other security agencies have never had a rest. All hands have been on deck to ensure the arrest of the culprit who, according to observations is suspected to have perpetrated the evil on contract.
Investigations on the murder case started as early as Tuesday morning, at the dawn of which Mr JB Danquah was stabbed to death in his bedroom, at his residence in Shiashie. Efforts to capture the suspect intensified after the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) was asked to take over the investigations.
Initially, five people, including JB Danquah’s security guard, his driver and three others at the residence were picked up by the police to help with investigations. But they were all released Wednesday evening except the security guard whom the police said has more questions to answer.
In order to facilitate efforts being made towards fishing out the murderer, a handsome reward of Ghc10,000 was set aside for anyone who would come up with useful information.
Consequent to all these moves, the suspected murderer was arrested yesterday morning, being Thursday, the 11th of February. The alleged killer was nabbed in an operation led by the Accra Regional Police Commander DCOP George Akuffo Dampare when he went to Agbogbloshie in Accra to decode the phones of the late JB Danquah.
According to reports from an unconfirmed source, the suspect sent the two phones to a repairer for decoding and the repairer’s suspicions were heightened after seeing images of former President John Agyekum Kufuor, the slain MP and other NPP top officials. He immediately alerted the police about the shocking discovery.
Police sources at the Accra Regional Police Command also confirmed that one of the three phones which were taken for decoding had the picture of the late MP as screen saver and that of former President John Kufuor as screen lock.
A Member of Parliament on the minority side according to police sources, was also instrumental in the arrest of the suspect. It was gathered that a jail mate who heard him plotting a killing, but not knowing who the target person was, informed a Member of Parliament after JB Danquah’s murder was reported. The MP in turn, informed police detectives who immediately went on a man-hunt that lasted throughout Wednesday night. Eventually, they succeeded in picking the suspect up Thursday dawn at his hideout.
Reliable police sources identified the suspect as Daniel Asiedu, a remand prisoner and a beneficiary of the Justice For All Programme. It was gathered that Asiedu who was a suspected petty thief benefited from the Justice for All Programme when no evidence was found to convict him of the alleged criminal offence which brought him to prison.
According to peacefmonline.com, the suspected killer has confessed to committing the crime with two other accomplices; Avenger and Agogo Junior. The suspect who will be transferred to the Homicide Unit at the Police Headquarters for questioning, is currently assisting the security agencies to track Avenger and Agogo Junior.
Meanwhile, Ghana Police has so far received praises and commendations on this achievement which came barely 70 hours after the killing of the deceased. The NPP Communications Director, Nana Akomea, while speaking on Joy News expressed his joy on the success, saying the police have done “an excellent work”.
However, this killing which was rather a careless one, has raised questions from various angles on the level of security made available to Members of Parliament, seeing they are also public figures who deserve as much security as other top government officials.
We’ll keep you updated with more information as they unfold.