The Police initially arrested seven suspects who were arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court in Cape Coast and remanded into police custody.
Addressing the media on Friday to update the public on the murder of Captain Mahama, DCOP Mr Bright Oduro, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department, said the nine new suspects would be arraigned before court onMonday, June 5, together with any other suspects who would be arrested in the course of the week.
The new suspects included Dolly Kormla, Domeh Francis, Sonu Mwaunyo, Sonu Emmanuel and Ernest Ally.
Others are Kojo Mfum, Kwesi Buah, Issah Manu and Prince Amponsah.
DCOP Oduro said the Police had collected a number of evidence which were being processed and assured the public that the investigative team was on course to ensure speedy prosecution.
“Our investigations are focused on identifying all persons whose actions caused the death of the deceased,” he said.
Narrating the circumstances that led to the murder of Captain Mahama, DCOP Oduro said Police investigations revealed that the deceased left the Detachment Base at Diaso for a 20-kilometre jogging and was in civilian clothing but carried his sidearm.
He said the deceased jogged on the main asphalted Diaso-Dominase-Ayanfuri road and on reaching the outskirts of Denkyira-Obuasi, a number of women were selling food items on the roadside, therefore he stopped and interacted with them and even bought some snails.
DCOP Oduro said while the deceased was taking money from his pocket to pay for the snails, the woman from whom he bought the snails spotted the deceased’s sidearm and called the assembly member of Denkyira-Obuasi on phone and informed him what she had seen.
Therefore, he said, the assembly member, William Baah, without verifying the authenticity of the report, called a motor rider popularly known in the town as “Komoko” and together with one Kwasi Baah, a vulcanizer, they proceeded to the place to confront the deceased.
He said they met the deceased at Denkyira-Obuasi cemetery, which was about one-and-half kilometres from where he bought the snails and accosted him without giving the deceased the opportunity to identify himself.
He said by that time, the message had spread that an armed robber had been sighted and so other people had come around wielding all forms of implements and started attacking the deceased.
While the deceased was being attacked, he made efforts to explain his identity, while at the same time attempting to flee from his attackers, he said.
DCOP Oduro indicated that the deceased was killed around 1000 hours after brutally assaulting him with clubs, machetes and cement blocks.
He noted that the Police got to the scene of the murder at 1030 hours to pick the corpse.