One of the UK’s most wanted fugitives has been arrested in Morocco, UK police revealed on February 1st, according to the Mail on Line.
Nana Oppong, 42, a suspect in the drive-by murder of a man in south-east England, was detained when allegedly trying to enter Morocco using a fake passport in September of last year.
The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) only revealed details of the arrest on February 1st.
Oppong was hunted under a ‘most wanted’ campaign after Robert Powell, 50, died after being shot eight times outside a party near Harlow, Essex, in the early hours of June 13, 2020.
“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,” said Steve Reynolds, UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) regional manager for Spain.
“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.”
Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, leading the Essex Police investigation, said: “Numerous officers and staff across all agencies involved in this case have been working day and night to get justice for Robert’s family.
“Our work continues and we won’t stop until Nana Oppong is back in the UK and facing the courts.”
Last year, Oppong featured in an NCA most wanted campaign to find 13 fugitives thought to be hiding in Spain and was made the subject of an Interpol red notice, which alerts police worldwide.
He was arrested after travelling from Spain to Morocco and is in custody while extradition proceedings are under way although there is no formal extradition between Morocco and the UK. which is why Oppong headed for Morocco in the first place.