Prof Benneh to be buried on November 21

The murdered University of Ghana law lecturer, Prof Emmanuel Yaw Benneh, will be laid to rest on Saturday, November 21, 2020.

The 64-year-old will be laid in state at the St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in the University of Ghana before a private burial, details of his obituary indicate.

A day after the burial, his family and other mourners will join members of the Christ the King Catholic Church near the Jubilee House in Accra for thanksgiving service, to be followed by a family gathering at his residence in Adjiriganor.

He left behind a son, William Kwame Benneh.

The murder 

An Associate Professor at the University of Ghana Faculty of Law, Prof.  Benneh was killed in his residence at Adjiriganor near American House in Accra on September 10, 2020.

Prof. Benneh, said to live a solitary life, was found dead in his home on a Saturday morning, two days after his murder.

READ: The Inside Story: University Of Ghana Law Lecturer Murdered In East Legon Mansion.

His body was found in his home at about 8 am in a pool of blood with his hands tied behind his back and marks of multiple acts of assault and resultant cuts on his body.

Five people—all his domestic workers— were arrested by the police.

But the list was trimmed to three as the police narrowed down on his cleaner, James Nana Womba, and his alleged accomplices, Opambour Agya Badu Nkansah and Ebenezer Kweyisi.

According to the police, the 26-year-old, James Nana Womba, admitted his role in the killing of the law professor and mentioned the names of his accomplices.

He is said to have taken the CPU from a desktop computer at the house, which he hid in a septic tank.

He also made away with two mobile phones and an amount of GH₵450.

The prosecution is yet to give details of the exact roles Opamboour and  Ebenezer Kweyisi allegedly played in the death of the law lecturer on September 10, 2020, in his mansion at Adjiriganor.

But the court discharged two others including Isaac Botchway who had earlier told that he suspected an insider job in the death of his boss.

He said although he had been told that a carpenter forced the door open to discover the body of the late Prof Emmanuel Emmanuel Benneh, there was no sign of a forced break-in on the door.

He told that it appeared the late professor granted entry to the person, probably known to him, who committed the act because there was no break-in.

Death and torture

Days after he was charged with murder, James died in police custody with his mother, accusing the police of allegedly killing his son.

Opambour’s lawyer on November 9 accused the police of torturing the second accused person who is currently on admission at the Police Hospital.

He feared that Opambour could die from police torture. The prosecution denied the allegation.

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