The police have arrested Alice Brako for allegedly hiring assassins, including her son, Derrick Twum (A.K.A Kuu), to kill her boyfriend in a bid to take over a building that she and he co-owned.
The suspect, a 42-year-old revenue inspector at the East Akyem Municipal Assembly, is in the custody of the Eastern Regional Police Headquarters as is Kelvin Boateng, an unemployed 22-year-old who was identified by security agents as one of the assassins hired to commit the crime.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwabena Gyamerah-Yeboah, the Regional Police Commander, told journalists in Koforidua on Monday that the deceased, 58-year-old businessman Kwadwo Duah, was a resident of Old Tafo-Akim.
DCOP Gyamerah-Yeboah said that Duah and Brako acquired a building at New Nsutam and rented part of it to the Adonteng Community Bank while he, his lover and her foster children lived in the other apartment.
The Regional Police Commander said last year, a misunderstanding ensued between Duah and Brako over the ownership of the house, which continued until January 26,this year, when Brako gave GH˘3,000.00 to her son Twum to hire three Koforidua assassins to kill Duah.
He said that on January 27, 2013 at about 1130hours, when the deceased arrived at New Nsutam from Tafo and entered his house, he was attacked by the unknown assassins, who inflicted multiple cutlass wounds on his neck, hands and legs.
DCOP Gyamerah-Yeboah said Duah’s screams for help attracted neighbors to the scene, who spotted Boateng attempting to escape by scaling a wall before he was arrested.
The Regional Police Commander said during preliminary investigations, Boateng revealed that he and four others now on the run were hired for GH˘3,000 by Brako and her son to kill Duah to enable her take possession of the house.
The body of the deceased has been deposited at the Kibi Government Hospital morgue pending autopsy while the police seek the four fugitives.
Deputy Eastern Regional Police Commander ACP James Azumah Abass told Joy News that his outfit is following leads to arrest the other suspects involved in the crime.
He suspects that the son of the Brako, who is key suspect in the murder case, is hiding either in Accra or Koforidua.