A Ghanaian man who British police were searching for in connection with a violent drive-by shooting has been detained in Morocco.
The suspect, Nana Oppong, 42, was one of 13 fugitives listed in a National Crime Agency (NCA) most wanted campaign in the previous year. He was listed as a wanted person in connection with an Essex Police investigation into the death of Robert Powell, 50, on June 13, 2020.
Mr. Powell, dad-of-three, was shot eight times with a 9mm pistol outside of a party in Water Lane, Roydon, Harlow, with the shooter driving off. He passed away the next day in the hospital.
Oppong, whose last known home was in Newham, London, was detained as he attempted to enter Morocco late in September of last year.
Police claimed they were unable to publicly announce his arrest at the time for operational and security reasons.
Oppong was not only added to the NCA’s Most Wanted list but was also the target of an Interpol Red Notice, which was a formal request made to law enforcement agencies around the world to detain the culprit immediately.
The fugitive was intercepted by agents from Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) as he attempted to enter Morocco from Spain using forged documents.
Oppong is still being held, and extradition proceedings are currently in progress.
The NCA’s Most Wanted program, which is coordinated with independent nonprofit CrimeStoppers, Spanish law enforcement, and UK policing, has succeeded in the apprehension of seven fugitives thus far.
Steve Reynolds, NCA regional manager in Spain, said: “Oppong’s arrest came about after a sustained campaign to trace him and because of the vigilance of our Moroccan partners and support from Interpol.
“This is another excellent result and shows once again that UK law enforcement does not give up on finding those who await justice in the UK. Working with our colleagues at home and abroad we will continue to hunt those on the run.”