The Chinese national who shot and killed a 30-year-old Ghanaian lotto operator, Nana Boah, at Wassa Akropong in the Western Region has been remanded into police custody by a Takoradi District court.
Police Inspector Bernard Paa Ahinsan, who represented the state, prayed the court, presided over by His Worship, Thomas K. Ofidie, to remand the accused into police custody, to allow them some time to further investigate the case.
Jiang Gen Hai allegedly shot and killed Nana Boah, who had accompanied his friend, a plumber, to demand GHC150 as his workman’s pay for services he had rendered to the Chinese.
He’s believed to have been shot and killed instantly by the Chinese after an argument ensued over the refusal of the Chinese national to pay for the amount he had been charged by the plumber.
Initial reports had suggested that the Ghanaian was shot mistakenly, although that has also not been confirmed.
Eyewitnesses revealed that during the confrontation, a gun brought out by one of the Chinese was seized by the two Ghanaians but a second gun was reportedly fired by the Chinese, killing the witness, Nana Boah instantly.
The youth of Wassa Akropong responded in anger by burning some 14 cars belonging to the Chinese nationals in the town, and also vandalized other properties.
Later on, angry youth also set up checkpoints on the Wassa Akropong High street in search of Chinese nationals following the killing, which heightened already existing tensions because of Chinese involvement in illegal mining.
The suspect was arrested by the police and sent to the Asankragua Divisional Command. He was subsequently transferred to the Western Regional Police Command in Sekondi.
Police say he will be charged with murder, and he is to reappear in court on 26th October 2017.