A self-acclaimed traditional ruler who shot and killed an off duty soldier at Millennium City, Kasoa in the Central Region, has been remanded into custody for two weeks by the Achimota District Court.

Benlord Ababio aka Nana Barima Ababio, has been provisionally charged with one count of murder for killing Lance Corporal Michael Danso on April 30, 2024.

The suspect allegedly shot the late soldier who had gone to the Millennium City Police Station to report an incident of trespassing on a half plot of land which is a subject of litigation.

His plea was not taken but the court presided over by His Worship Prince Owusu, remanded him for two weeks following a request by the police for the suspect to be remanded for further investigation.

He is to reappear before the court on May 16, 2024 for the outcome of police investigation.

The prosecution’s brief fact indicates that the deceased, Lance Corporal Michael Danso, was a military officer stationed at the Army Base Workshop at Burma Camp.

The accused, Benlord Ababio alias Nana Barima Ababio is said to be a self-acclaimed traditional ruler at Kasoa.

The brief fact states that on April 30, 2024, at about 4pm, the deceased Lance Corporal Michael Danso together with his two colleagues – Lance Corporal Abdul Omar Rahman and Lance Corporal Ametus Matthew went to Millennium City Police Station on board a Toyota RAV4 with registration number 3591-24 to report a case of trespass.

It said this was upon information that some encroachers were developing a parcel of land belonging to Lance Corporal Abdul Omar Rahman.

The fact said the accused appeared at the police station, attacked, and opened fire severally on Lance Corporal Michael Danso, who was in charge of the steering wheel of the Toyota RAV 4×4 vehicle, killing him instantly.

It added that the accused was immediately disarmed and arrested, and was subsequently arraigned for the court to remand him pending further investigations.

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