Sources at the command who confirmed the arrest to Citi News Franklin Badu Jnr, the alleged killer was nabbed in an operation led by the Regional Commander, COP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.
The operation begun last night and ended Thursday dawn. Details of how the arrest and the identity of the suspect are unknown for now. According to Citi News’ Franklin Badu Jnr., the police are currently interrogating the suspect to ascertain whether he acted independently or was contracted to kill.
Investigations into the gruesome killing of the MP began on Tuesday morning, after his demise at dawn that same day. Efforts to capture the suspect intensified after the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) was asked to take over the investigations.
A Member of Parliament on the minority side according to police sources, was also instrumental in the arrest of the suspect. The arrest comes a day after five of the six persons who were invited for questioning over the killing were discharged. As at Wednesday evening, the police was only holding the late MP’s private security guard, who they said had more questions to answer.
The MP was killed by unknown assailants at his residence at Shiashi in Accra, where he lived with his family. Some neighbours of the late MP have told Citi News they heard about a struggle between the MP and his attackers, which forced them out of their homes only to find out that he had been killed.
They claimed to have seen a ladder behind the late MP’s bedroom, which they suspect was used by the assailants to access his room where he was killed and left in a pool of blood.
According to them, they saw a man run out of the house but he could not use the main entrance because they had then called in the police who were stationed at the gate waiting to enter.
About J.B Danquah
The late Joseph Boakye Danquah, once served as a Deputy Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs.
He was the Abuakwa North MP from 2000 until 2008, when he lost the seat to the NPP’s Prof. Samuel Amoako.
He returned in 2012 to win the seat. He left behind a wife and two children. Joseph Boakye Danquah, a chartered Accountant by profession, is the grandson of late J.B Danquah, a Ghanaian statesman, pan-Africanist, scholar and historian, who played a significant role in pre- and post-colonial Ghana.
J.B Danquah escaped similar attack in 2010
The late MP escaped a similar attack in 2010, although Citi News has no facts to suggest that the incident of 2010 is connected to the current one. In that attack, the MP sustained a deep cut on his arm.
The assailants attacked him at a house at East Legon, believed to be his then girlfriend’s house. In February 2013, three persons who were prosecuted for allegedly causing harm to the late MP in that attack were convicted with fines.
In that case, the married MP’s girlfriend, was the one accused of plotting the attack on him over his refusal to give her money.