A frail 140-year-old herbalist and farmer appeared Thursday in court in Ghana's capital Accra charged with attempted murder.
Nai Kojo Nyame is accused of hiring people to kill a retired policeman, Simon Owoo Onomah, whom he considered an obstacle to his winning a land case pending before a court at Winneba, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Accra.
The prosecution told a stunned Accra Circuit Tribunal that Nyame, who is 140 according to police, had long been embroiled in litigation with one of Onomah's relatives. He thought the former officer was a stumbling block to victory.
The would-be assassins feigned interest, but tipped off police to Nyame's plot and his fee of two million cedis (285 dollars).
Nyame rejoiced when two men turned up and told him they had murdered Onomah on the orders of his recruits, the prosecution said.
His jubilation was short-lived, however, because the two were disguised detectives from Accra who arrested him on the spot.
Nyame was granted bail and order to reappear in court on January 22 -- ACCRA (AFP)
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