Andanis bark, Judges run for cover
2011-04-05 19:56:26This article has been read 790 times.Sources close to the judiciary alleged that following the decision by the Andanis to demonstrate against the Fast Track High Court in Accra ruling that set free 14 suspects standing trial for the murder of the late Ya-Na, the CJ requested the police to reinforce security at the various court premises.
The Chronicle gathered that around 9:00 a.m. yesterday, there was no sign of the security requested by the CJ, compelling her to order the closure of the courts.
Though some police men and women arrived at the court premises later, all the judges, lawyers and litigants had already left. The Chronicle saw pockets of staff gathered in groups discussing the issue.
Last Wednesday, March 30, 2011, an Accra Fast Track Court, presided over by Justice E.K. Ayebi, an Appeal Court judge sitting as an additional High Court judge, acquitted and discharged all 14 Abudus, including the former District Chief Executive (DCE) of Yendi, Alhaji Mohammed Habib Tijani, who were standing trial for conspiring to murder the Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, in March 2002.
It further discharged one other suspect, Zakaria Yakubu, who was said to be at large, and who was facing an additional charge of murdering the Ya-Na.
The court took the decision after the defense team filed a submission of no case.
The judge held that no prima facie evidence was established against the suspects for them to be called upon to open their defense.
The court indicated that the evidence led by the prosecution was replete with contradictions, inconsistencies, insufficiencies and afterthoughts, and therefore, could not pass as credible evidence to warrant the accused persons open their defense.
The accused persons who were freed by the FTC include Iddrisu Iddi, alias Mbadugu, Alhaji Baba Abdulai Iddrisu, alias Zohe, Kwame Alhassan, alias Achiri, Mohammed Abdulai, alias Samasama, Sayibu Mohammed, Alhassan Braimah and the former District Chief Executive (DCE) of Yendi, Alhaji Mohammed Habib Tijani.
The rest are Iddrisu Iddi, 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.
The freedom given the 15 suspects infuriated the Andani youth, who embarked on a demonstration through the principal roads in Accra, in protest against the decision of the court, and to present their petition to the Chief Justice, the Attorney General, and the leadership of Parliament.