The Bolgatanga District Court in the Upper East Region has remanded into police custody 18 suspects who were arrested over the killing of an 81-year-old Fulani horse trader at Kozezi, a suburb of Bawku.
17 out of the 18 suspects have been charged for possession of ammunition and discharge of firearms without lawful authority and possession of substances suspected to be narcotics.
The remaining suspect was charged with murder, but his counsel did not turn up in court.
The prosecution, ASP Joseph Kunsong, prayed the court to remand the suspects into police custody for a full investigation into the matter before the commencement of trial.
But counsel for the accused person, Mohammed Tahiru Nambe, prayed the court to grant the suspect bail. They added that, the suspects when granted bail will always report when called upon to aid a speedy trial.
However, the Bolga District Court presided over by His Worship Mawukoenya Nutekpor, refused the bail application, and remanded them into police custody.
He adjourned the next hearing to March 30, 2022.
Speaking to Citi News, Counsel for the suspects, Mohammed Nambe, expressed his disappointment over the bail refusal but was hopeful his clients could be favoured at the next hearing.
“I am not satisfied with the outcome of the court because I actually applied for bail for my clients, but the bail was denied. However, the judge intimated that the next adjourned date which we shall be coming on March 30, 2022, he may consider granting them the bail”.