The Ghana Police Service has dropped charges against four suspects in the killing of Trooper Imoro Sherrif, a late military officer. The four were among six suspects arrested by the police in an intelligence-led operation.
Two of the six suspects, Samuel Tetteh aka Wiper and Abubakar Sadick aka Naadu or Birdman, have been put before a Tema District Court for their involvement in the murder, while the remaining four were charged with stealing, robbery, and dishonestly receiving.
The four accused persons are Safianu Musah aka Dayorgu, Ibrahim Rakib, Yusif Mohammed, and Abdul Gafaru Abdul Karim.
According to Abdul Fatawu, the lawyer representing the four, they appeared in court to plead for bail for the remaining three, but the prosecutor announced that the charges against all four had been dropped. “The four, apart from the two, the remaining are being charged for dishonestly receiving, and so we have been coming to court. The last time we secured bail for one. We were hoping to secure bail for the remaining four accused persons as far we are concerned. But we came today prepared to fight our bail application once again only to have a very short business. The business being that prosecution has indicated to the court that they are redrawing the charges against the said accused persons,” he said.
Abdul Fatawu further explained that it is constitutional for the attorney general to take such action against his clients. “As we stand now, we are not being held for any crime, and so they are supposed to be free men. As far as the constitution is concerned Act 88 of the constitution gives the Attorney General the power to institute criminal charges against any persons it deems fit and based on the evidence against you or not same act 30 also gives them the power to withdraw charges that they have leveled against people,” he added.