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We stole ¢450, 2 mobile phones – Prof Benneh’s killer

A cleaner of murdered law professor, Yaw Benneh has confessed to stealing some items after the gruesome murder that occurred on September 10.

James Nana Womba is said to have taken the CPU from a desktop computer at the house, which he hid in a septic tank.

He also made away with two mobile phones and an amount of ¢450.

The Director-General of the Police CID, COP Isaac Ken Yeboah while giving update said some items have since been retrieved.

According to him, the cleaner Nana Womba, admitted his role in the killing of the law professor and mentioned the names of his accomplices.

He said after the interrogation, some personnel accompanied him to where some of the stolen items were hidden.

COP Isaac Ken Yeboah further added that his team has also been given the location of the murder weapon although the cleaner said the Professor’s mobile phones have been sold.

Earlier, four persons were arrested in connection with the murder of the University of Ghana law professor but three got discharged after the cleaner confessed his involvement.

After his first confession, State Prosecutors had told the Kaneshie District Court that one, Opambour Agya Badu who prosecutors describe as a named accomplice of Mr Womba has since been arrested and charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The state prosecutors also added that efforts are underway to apprehend the two others.

Background

Senior lecturer of Law at the University of Ghana Prof Emmanuel Yaw Benneh was allegedly murdered in his home although his body was found three days later.

According to his colleague at the Faculty, Dr Poku Adusei, the Professor was “murdered” in the same fashion as the late Abuakwa North MP, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu.

According to reports, there was no sign of a break-in or forced entry at the Adjirgano mansion.

Isaac Botchway, who claims to be Prof Benneh’s houseboy told journalists that he last saw his employer at about 8 pm on Thursday.

He said the deceased usually call him whenever he needed him to do something on his behalf.

“I called him the next day [Friday], but he did not respond. The gardener came to work this morning [Saturday] and when he did not find any sign of him, he knocked at his door but there was no response,” the houseboy said.

He said the gardener then went to inform the academic’s sister who lives a stone throw from the Adjirgano mansion.

Together with her, they got a carpenter to force the door open and found Prof Benneh dead.

The deceased’s hands and legs were all tied in a pool of blood between the bedroom and the living room.

According to Mr Botchway, it was clear there was a struggle between Prof Benneh and his assailant before he was killed.

He said although the crime scene had been cleaned, there were spatters of blood on the floor which suggested a struggle.

According to reports, the family suspects foul play as the deceased’s cousin, Anthony Konadu, 78, was stabbed and killed by unknown assailants on June 13, this year.

The owner of Coconut Guest House at Adiebeba in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi was stabbed in the presence of a receptionist by his attackers who stormed the place at about 11 p.m.

He died shortly upon arrival at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

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