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12.06.2007 Crime & Punishment

Police hunt for Banda’s son

By myjoyonline

The Violent Crime Unit of the Police Service has mounted a hunt for the 28-year-old Halim Banda, son of business magnate Alhaji Asuma Banda.

Announcing the hunt on Monday, the police warned that Halim Banda, was armed with a pistol, with which he stormed a night club in Accra on Sunday morning and fired indiscriminately, amidst threats that he would kill the proprietor of the club.

The Deputy Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Mr Patrick Timbilla, said around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Halim stormed the Cinderella Nightclub, owned by Kiki Banson, threatened the proprietor with murder and assaulted a radio presenter, Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD) of Radio Gold.

The suspect was said to have given KOD a heavy blow which sent him to the ground and threatened to kill him if he tried to get up.

He said Kiki and KOD, who were both at the restaurant, had come out in their bid to go home when they spotted Halim leaning on a car parked in front of the club's adjoining restaurant.

Mr TimbilIa said as soon as Halim saw Kiki and KOD, he started raining insults on Kiki, who ignored Halim because there was a case pending at the court between the two.

He said earlier this year, Halim, in the company of a brother, had attacked the Cinderella Nightclub, causing damage to property worth about $9,000.

The Deputy Director-General said the two also broke a bottle and inflicted a deep wound in the palm of one Reginald Bannerman who had raised his arm to ward off the attack.

He said after an initial treatment at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Reginald was flown to the United States for further treatment.

He said after that incident, Halim and his brother were arrested and put before court and the case was due for hearing on Tuesday, June 12.

Mr Timbilla said because of that development, when Kiki saw Halim at the car park, he ignored him completely and entered his car, followed by KOD, but Halim rushed on KOD.

He said after putting KOD down with a heavy blow, Halim pulled his pistol and fired three warning shots, threatening to kill both of them.

He said all that while KOD was still on the floor, while Halim was standing over him, cursing and screaming.

He said Kiki managed to open his car door, came out and ran back into the nightclub, while Halim gave him a hot chase into the VIP session of the club.

The bouncers at the nightclub, on seeing Halim wielding the gun and shouting, stopped him from entering the club and Kiki managed to call the Director-General of the CID, Mr David Asante-Apeatu, on phone and he quickly dispatched a patrol team to the scene. However, when the team got there Halim had already left.

He said Halim had since been in hiding but gave the assurance that the police would leave no stone unturned in the hunt for him.

Culled from Daily Graphic