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Police provide accounts of the killing of Imoro Sheriff

Police provide accounts of the killing of Imoro Sheriff

The Ghana Police Service has provided an account of how young soldier Imoro Sherrif was killed on March 4, as some of the six suspects in custody have begun disclosing relevant information on why and how they allegedly committed the heinous crime.

According to a statement issued by the law enforcement agency on Sunday, March 12, six suspects were apprehended from their various hideouts and will appear in court today, March 13, 2023.

Below are the details as released by the police:

After a week of continuous intelligence-led operations, the police arrested six people on different dates and in different locations throughout Ashiaman and its environs for their suspected involvement in the murder of Imoro Sherrif, a soldier.

On March 4, police received word that a male adult had been discovered dead in Ashiaman Taifa, Greater Accra Region.
A team of police officers arrived at the scene and confirmed the incident.

Police launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death. Officers cordoned off the area and summoned the Police Crime Scene team to process the scene for forensic analysis.

The Crime Scene Team recovered several items, including a blood-splattered knife and a backpack. Police discovered a Samsung tablet, an Apple laptop, a military uniform with the name tag “Imoro,” eight other items of clothing, a Ghana card, and a Health Insurance card bearing the name Imoro Sherrif in the backpack.

The police suspected the victim was a soldier based on the contents of the backpack, and in accordance with Police standard operating procedure for dealing with institutional-based victims, the Military was notified of the incident, and some military personnel came to identify the deceased to Police as Imoro Sheriff, a soldier.

The deceased’s body was then transported to a hospital for preservation and autopsy.
An intelligence-led operation was immediately launched within Ashiaman and other strategic locations of interest as part of the investigation to follow up on all relevant leads on the case.

On the same day, in accordance with Ghanaian tradition and as part of the investigation process, a team of police officers visited the parents of the deceased after identifying their residence, commiserated with them, and assured them of a thorough investigation into the matter.

During the visit, the deceased’s parents informed the police that he was stationed in Sunyani but had traveled to Accra on a course.

Investigations revealed that on March 3, the deceased paid a visit to a female friend in Ashaiman Newtown around 10:30 p.m. and then left in the middle of the night around 01:30 a.m. on March 4.

After nearly a week of painstaking intelligence-led operations, police arrested suspects Safianu Musah alias Dayorgu and Ibrahim Abdul Rakib at their Ashaiman hideouts on March 9.

On March 10, two more suspects, Samuel Tetteh alias Wiper and Abubakar Sadick alias Birdman, were apprehended at their hideouts.

Yussif Mohammed and Abdul Gafaru Abdul Karim, two more suspects, were apprehended on March 11th and March 12th, respectively.

Further investigation has revealed that suspects Samuel Tetteh and Abubakar Sadick attacked the deceased at Taifa Ashiaman around 1:45 a.m. on March 4, 2023, in an attempt to rob him of his phone and a backpack.

The deceased, on the other hand, resisted and fought the suspects. During the struggle, suspect Samuel Tetteh pulled out a knife and stabbed the deceased in the arm before grabbing his phone and fleeing, leaving the deceased with the knife stuck in his arm.

On March 8, a postmortem examination of the deceased’s body was performed, and the pathologist gave the verbal cause of death as exsanguination and laceration of major vessels of the left arm consistent with the stabbed injury.

Investigations also revealed that suspects Samuel Tetteh and Abubakar Sadick sold the phone they stole from the deceased to suspect Ibrahim Abdul Rakib, who sold it to suspect Safianu Musah.

Suspect Safianu Musah is evasive about the phone’s whereabouts, claiming to have sold it to suspect Yussif Mohammed and then to suspect Abdul Gafaru Abdul Karim.

Both suspects were apprehended and are cooperating with the investigation to recover the phone.

On March 12, a team of police officers led by the Tema Regional Police Commander paid a visit to the deceased’s family and briefed them on the investigation’s progress.

We would like to thank all police officers at all levels of command, particularly the crack police intelligence and investigation teams, as well as the Ashiaman District Police Command, for their professionalism and tireless dedication in solving this case.

We want to reassure the public, particularly the families of the deceased, that all of the suspects are in police custody and will appear in court on Monday, March 13, for justice.

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