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Machine operator was placed on remand for threatening to assassinate the Himan chief

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A 39-year-old machine operator has appeared before the Tarkwa Circuit Court on charges that he threatened to kill Nana Nteboah Prah IV, the Divisional Chief of the Himan Traditional Council, through audio.

Kwabena Ankemah, who was accused of threatening death, entered a not guilty plea.

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Ankemah was remanded into detention and ordered to appear in court again on May 4, 2023 by the court presided over by Madam Hathie Ama Manu.

The complainant, Nana Prah, is the Divisional Chief of the Himan Traditional Council, according to Superintendent Juliana Essel-Dadzie, the prosecutor, while the accused is a member of the Sankofa Mining Company employees.

She said that the complainant and the suspect both reside in Himan-Prestea, a municipality in the Western Region’s Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality.

The accused threatened to behead the complainant with a cutlass wherever he met him in a WhatsApp voice audio message on March 28, 2023, at around 1619 hours.

The prosecutor claimed that Ankemah reaffirmed in the audio that he meant every word and would follow through on his plans, and that he was unafraid of being detained by law enforcement.

After hearing the audio, the complainant reportedly grew worried and reported the incident to the Prestea police on March 30, 2023, for investigation, according to Superintendent Essel-Dadzie.

On the same day that the accused was detained for interrogation, a check of his room turned up a new hammer and a chisel.

The audio recording was also written down onto a USB flash drive and used as evidence, according to the prosecution.

In his cautionary statement, the accused individual initially denied knowing anything about the audio, but afterwards admitted to doing the recording at a bar in the Prestea area of Ankobra in front of a third party.

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