…prosecution tells court
By Ivy Benson
The Prosecution in the trial of the former District Chief Executive of Yendi, Alhaji Mohammed Habib Tijani, and fourteen others, over the murder of the Over Lord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, in March 2002, at the Fast Track Court (FTC), says it has not been served with the response of the defense filed against the intention to re-open its case and adduce fresh evidence in the case.
According to Mr. Phillip Addison, lead counsel of the defense team, they had filed their response, however, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ms. Gertrude Aikins, told the court that her office is yet to be served with the court process.
Subsequently, the court, presided over by Justice Ayirebi, an Appeal court judge, with additional responsibility as a High court judge, adjourned hearing to December 8, 2010, to enable the response of the defense to be served on the prosecution.
Other accused persons include Iddrisu Iddi, alias Mbadugu, Alhaji Baba Abdulai Iddrisu, alias Zohe, Kwame Alhassan, alias Achiri, Mohammed Abdulai, alias Samasama, Sayibu Mohammed and Alhassan Braimah, Iddrisu Iddi.
The rest are Alhassan Mohammed, alias Mohammed Cheampon, Abukari Nabeli, alias Kunkakums or Kooms, Mohammed Mustapha, Yakubu Yusif, alias Leftee, Abdul Razak Yussif, alias Nyaa and Shani Imoro.
While all fifteen accused persons are facing charges of conspiracy in murdering the OverLord of Dabon, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, one of the accused person, Zakaria Yakubu, who is currently at large, is facing an additional charge of murdering the Ya-Na.
The fourteen accused persons had pleaded not guilty to conspiring in the murder of the Ya-Na as they are standing trial before a-seven-member jury.
Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II was murdered in March 2002 together with about 30 of his traditional elders during a three-day siege on his Gbewaa Palace in what appeared to be caused by hostilities between the rival Andani and Abudu gates to the chieftaincy dispute.