When the High Court issues its ruling on December 20, 2022, the two Canadian females who were kidnapped in Kumasi in 2019 will be able to participate in the proceedings through a virtual link.
The presiding judge, Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, was supposed to deliver the verdict yesterday (Nov 24), but the court indicated it was not ready.
The judge also informed the court that the Attorney-General had written to the court seeking that the victims and their families be excused from the judgment’s delivery.
She said that the information would be conveyed to them at least four days before the date of judgment and that the court had decided to make accommodations for the victims and their relatives.
The defendants, in this case, are Yussif Yakubu, a Ghanaian, and three Nigerians, Sampson Aghalor, a computer engineer, Elvis Ojiyorwe, a businessman; and Jeff Omarsa, a tiller. They are all accused of conspiring to commit a kidnapping in violation of the Criminal and Other Offenses Act.
Seven empty shells that were retrieved from the crime scene in Kumasi, Ghana, where the girls were held prisoner in 2019, were also submitted by the prosecution.
Additionally, a 59-page report on 10 mobile phones reviewed in connection with the investigation contained references to Aghalor, Yakubu, and Omarsar.
Detective Sergeant Sylvester Essel, a prosecution witness, revealed in court that he was able to confirm that Aghalor and Yakubu spoke during the investigation period after profiling the call records between the Infinix and Vivo phones.
The accused continued to insist that they had nothing to do with the kidnapping during this time.