Ralph Poku-Adusei says the police have failed to conduct an adequate investigation into the death of the Kikibees owner, Bennet Agyekum Adomah.

The lawyer for the widow and family of the late Bennet Agyekum Adomah, the owner of Kikibees Restaurant and Lounge, Ralph Poku-Adusei, refuted the brief facts that the police presented to Madina District Court as the basis for the charge of murder preferred against Mam Yandeh Joof, the woman alleged to have killed Agyekum Adomah.

Lawyer Ralph Poku-Adusei, in an interview with Asaase News, said it is his considered opinion, after reviewing the facts as presented by the police, that the police have failed to conduct an adequate investigation into the death of the deceased, Bennet Agyekum Adomah.

He also says that the prosecution has based its facts solely on the unverifiable statement provided by the accused person, Mam Yandeh Joof, and nothing else.

“I have carefully read and analysed the brief facts of the case as presented by the police in their charge,” Poku-Adusei said, “and I have concluded that the police have failed to live up to their duty of conducting any professional investigations into the circumstances that led to the death of the husband of my client, Claudia Akuoko.

“Of grave concern to me and my client is that the police have gone ahead to put out facts such as the deceased being ‘hyper’ et cetera, though the autopsy report is yet to be ready.

“I was rather expecting that the police will wait for the autopsy report before drawing any conclusions in the matter,” Poku-Adusei said.

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The accused person, Mam Yandeh Joof, was first arraigned on Thursday 12 October 2023 at Madina District Court for committal proceedings to start. The accused is due back in court on Friday 27 October for the case to continue.

The lawyer for the widow and family of the late Bennet Agyekum Adomah, the owner of Kikibees Restaurant and Lounge, Ralph Poku-Adusei, has refuted the brief facts that the police presented to Madina District Court as the basis for the charge of murder preferred against Mam Yandeh Joof, the woman alleged to have killed Agyekum Adomah.

Lawyer Ralph Poku-Adusei, in an interview with Asaase News, said it is his considered opinion, after reviewing the facts as presented by the police, that the police have failed to conduct an adequate investigation into the death of the deceased, Bennet Agyekum Adomah.

He also says that the prosecution has based its facts solely on the unverifiable statement provided by the accused person, Mam Yandeh Joof, and nothing else.

“I have carefully read and analysed the brief facts of the case as presented by the police in their charge,” Poku-Adusei said, “and I have concluded that the police have failed to live up to their duty of conducting any professional investigations into the circumstances that led to the death of the husband of my client, Claudia Akuoko.

“Of grave concern to me and my client is that the police have gone ahead to put out facts such as the deceased being ‘hyper’ et cetera, though the autopsy report is yet to be ready.

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“I was rather expecting that the police will wait for the autopsy report before drawing any conclusions in the matter,” Poku-Adusei said.

The accused person, Mam Yandeh Joof, was first arraigned on Thursday 12 October 2023 at Madina District Court for committal proceedings to start. The accused is due back in court on Friday 27 October for the case to continue.

Call for further investigation

According to Ralph Poku-Adusei, it is very premature for the police to come out with any facts as yet, especially when the autopsy report is not ready and that the facts presented by the police cannot be verified, let alone form the basis for any prosecution.

He further argues that if the police should proceed with the facts as presented, there is a great likelihood that his client, the widow of the deceased, and the Adomah family will not get justice for the murder of their loved one.

To this end, Poku-Adusei is calling on the Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to withdraw the current case and initiate a comprehensive and professional investigation into the murder of Bennet Agyekum Adomah.

He also called on the general public and social media users to stop all speculation about the death of Bennet Agyekum Adomah and to allow the widow, Claudia Akuoko, and her five children to mourn their husband and father in peace.

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