The Late Prof Emmanuel Yaw Benneh was killed in his home at Adjirigano although there was no sign of force entry

The Police on Wednesday substituted and preferred fresh charges against two suspects allegedly involved in the murder of Professor Emmanuel Yaw Benneh.

In the new charge sheet, Ebenezer Kwayisi aka Junior, a 25-year-old mason apprentice has now been charged with murder.

Opambour Agya Badu Nkansah also known as Enoch and Kwayisi have been jointly held for conspiracy to commit to wit murder.

This was after the prime suspect, James Nana Womba, passed on while in Police custody.

The pleas of all the accused were not taken and they have been remanded into Police custody to reappear on February 4, 2021.


Counsel for the accused repeated their application for bail but the court refused on the grounds that it did not have the jurisdiction to grant it.

Prosecution said, Police Crime Scene Management Team examined the scene and lifted a visible blood tainted thumb impression on the wall close to where the victim’s body laid.

The Prosecution said the body was deposited at the Police Hospital Mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

Inspector Teye-Okuffo said on September 21, last year, the post mortem examination was conducted on the deceased’s body and the pathologist gave immediate cause of death as “Asphyxiation, Strangulation and suspected Homicide”.

He said on September 13, last year, Mr Womba, now deceased was arrested for investigation and his fingerprints were taken and sent to the Finger Print Section of CID Headquarters for examination.

He said the result from the headquarters indicated the fingerprints captured at the crime scene was identical to that of the deceased, Mr Womba.

The Prosecution told the court that Mr Womba confessed to the crime during investigation and mentioned Nkansah and Kwayisi as his accomplices who were later arrested at their various hideouts for investigation.

Inspector Teye- Okuffo informed the court that investigation revealed that during the month of August last year, Mr Womba contacted Opambour and hatched a plan to murder the victim in his house, so Womba assigned Opambour to recruit a gang to execute the plan.

He said two weeks later, the deceased, Mr Womba had a change of mind and contacted Kwayisi to assist him to execute the plan.

The prosecution told the court that Ebenezer Kwayisi agreed and visited Mr Womba who both discussed in detail how the plan was going to be carried out and on September 10, last year, the accused went to the victim’s house and executed their plan by killing the professor.

The Prosecution said the accused in their investigation cautioned statements narrated how each of them conspired with Mr Womba to kill the victim and that a duplicate case docket had been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Department for advice.