Johnson Kombian

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Johnson Kombian

Johnson Kombian

Johnson Kombian, an alleged notorious armed robber serving time at Ankaful Maximum Security Prison for breaking jail and on trial at an Accra Fast Track High Court for murdering two police officers, was yesterday absent from court for the second time.

The accused person facing conspiracy and two counts of murder in a court presided over by Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh was absent because the prison officers were unable to bring him.

This is the second time the suspect has not been able to appear in court. The prosecuting state attorney, Rexford Wiredu, prayed for an adjournment to enable the prison officers to bring the accused.

The case has been adjourned to March 17, 2014.

Kombian also known as Garkun and his alleged accomplices at large, allegedly shot and killed two policemen after they ambushed three of them on October 17, 2010.

The deceased are Constables Prince Agyare and Owusu Frimpong.

Only one policeman, Corporal Osei Bonsu, survived after he sustained injuries and was hospitalized.

The facts of the case as present by the prosecution are that the suspect allegedly conspired with his friend, a certain Kofi Naaman alias Accra Boy, to rob one Djato Mathias and then attempted to kill him.

The police conducted investigations and arrested Kombian who was consequently jailed for six years after being found guilty by a Tamale Circuit Court.

Kombian, according to the prosecution team led by Rexford Wiredu, escaped jail while serving time in prison and allegedly went into hiding in his hometown at Nakpanduri in the Bunkrugu Yunyoo District of the Northern Region.

On October 17, 2010, the accused person and his accomplices received information that a number of policemen had been detailed to perform duties around the Nakpanduri Scarp.

Furthermore, the police officers were on the hunt for Kombian and his accomplices who had hint of it and consequently ambushed them and killed two out of the three.

In addition, the suspects fired gunshots at the police officers then on a motorbike and they fell into a 10-metre valley. They kept firing at the policeman deep in the valley with the hope of killing them but they occasionally returned fire.

The facts further stated that Agyare made a distress call while he and the others were in their hideout and 30 minutes later Kombian and his gang stopped and on thinking that all the gunshots had ended the three police officers came out and were consequently attacked by the suspects who started shooting again.

More policemen came to the rescue of their colleagues later but Kombian and his accomplices bolted while the wounded police officers were sent to Nalerigu Hospital, where two of them were pronounced dead.

Kombian escaped to Togo after the incident but was arrested by Togolese authorities who handed him over to their Ghanaian counterparts.

He was consequently tried by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Eric Kyei Baffuor for breaking jail and handed a five-year prison term apart from the fact that he is also serving an 11-year prison term by an Accra District Court.

By Fidelia Achama

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