A suspect in the murder of Professor Emmanuel Yaw Benneh, James Womba, told the police that he was inspired to loot from his late employer.
Speaking to the media on Friday, 2 October 2020, the Director-General of the Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigation Branch, COP Isaac Ken Yeboah, said the perpetrator in his confession admitted that he and his accomplice were able to knock the victim unconscious, killing him in the process, after failing to comply with their demands.
According to his confession, the perpetrator committed the act with an accomplice whose name he provided to the police and who later changed his associate’s name to another individual.
The police say that the perpetrator and his accomplice failed to pay attention to the professor’s demand for money and his repeated effort to lift an alarm, beat him with an iron rod and gagged him, causing him to die.
DCOP Yeboah also told the media that after murdering the professor, James Womba and his accomplice took his two phones and a quantity of GH-450 cedis from his pocket.
According to the police, the suspect took a central processing unit attached to a computer in the room for fear of being recorded and dumped it in a septic tank in the compound.
The defendant even told the police in his testimony that he masterminded the whole assault on a late professor who had hired him as a cleaner.
The perpetrator said that, on the day of the attack, he and his accomplice obtained access to his boss’s room with the help of a duplicate key to his room, which he kept unknown to his boss.
The late Professor Yaw Benneh, a lecturer in law at the University of Ghana, was found dead in his room at his residence in Adjiriganor on 12 September 2020.
The late Professor Benneh, last seen in his neighbourhood on September 10, 2020, was discovered with his hands bound in a pool of blood.
Subsequently, after launching inquiries into the assassination, the police detained four people, all of whom were the professor’s domestic staff.
James Womba, a cleaner, after breaking down under questioning, eventually spoke up to the police.