Immigration Officer remanded over death of alleged smuggler

An Immigration Officer stationed at the Holuta-Klave Border in the Ho West District has been remanded into prison custody by the Ho Magistrate Court over the killing of a 25-year-old man.

The officer, Isaac Oppong, is believed to have involved himself in the killing of the motor-rider known as Christian Dake who allegedly smuggles cooking oil through an unauthorized route into the country.

The court heard that the officer instructed the deceased to stop, but he sped off, leading to a chase.

The prosecution, presented by Sergeant Otibi Gyan, stated that during the arrest, a struggle ensued, resulting in the suspect’s firearm accidentally discharging. The deceased was pronounced dead at the Ho Teaching Hospital.

Despite a plea from the suspect’s lawyer to have him remanded at the Immigration Headquarters in Accra, the court denied the request, citing the need for a smooth investigation.

The case has been adjourned to March 19, 2024, and the suspect remains in prison custody in Ho.

The family of the deceased expressed dissatisfaction with Immigration’s handling of the case.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *