The Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA) Magistrate’s Court yesterday committed jailbird and alleged “notorious armed robber”, Johnson Kombian, to stand trial at the High Court for the murder of two police constables.
He was charged with two counts of conspiracy and murder of Constables Prince Kwaku Agyare and Owusu Frimpong in October 2010 at Nankpanduri in the Northern Region.
His plea was not taken.
Known as the ‘Nankpanduri Terror’, the 36-year-old robber, is currently serving a total of a total of13 years jail-term from escaping from lawful custody on two occasions. Kombian was handed a seven-year jail term for his first escape from the Gambaga Prison and mother six for his escape from the Tamale Prison.
At yesterday’s committal proceedings, the jailbird who insisted that he would speak Bimoba even though he could speak the English Language, after consultations with his counsel, George Asamany, decided to speak English so as not to delay the committal proceedings.
Prosecuting, Marina Appiah-Opare, a Principal State Attorney, told the court, presided over by Ali Baba Bature, that on October 17, 2010, the two late Constables, Agyare and Frimpong, were on duty at a check point near Nankpanduri and were about to close for the day when corporal Osei Bonsu arrived on a motorbike and offered to take them home.
She said as they rode along the road, the accused together with some who were laying ambush, shot at the three policemen resulting in their falling off the motorbike thereby sustaining injuries.
Ms. Appiah-Opare said Agyare managed to make a distress call and even shot at Kombian and the others but missed.
The accused returned fire and shot at them several times resulting in their running into a nearby valley. Kombian then escaped.
She said the three policemen were later found and taken to the Nankpanduri Medical Centre where Agyare and Frimpong died on October 21, while Bonsu, who was in a critical condition was transferred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
Kombian ccording to Ms. Appiah-Opare, managed to escape to Togo but was arrested by Interpol in Togo on November 19, 2010and handed over to the Ghana Police for further investigations.