A MAN wanted for questioning over the murder of a 50-year-old grandfather in Essex has been arrested while trying to enter Morocco from Spain.

Nana Oppong, 42, was wanted as part of an Essex Police investigation into the murder of Robert Powell.

Powell was shot eight times with a 9mm pistol outside a party in Water Lane, Roydon, Harlow, in the early morning of June 13, 2020.

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Nana Oppong was arrested while trying to enter Morocco. Photo: Police handout

Oppong, whose last known address was West Road, Newham, London, was arrested while trying to enter Morocco in late September last year.

A police spokesman said: “Due to operational reasons, his arrest can only be disclosed now.”

In addition to appearing in the Most Wanted campaign, an Interpol Red Notice, a global alert, was issued for Oppong and he was arrested with false identity papers while trying to enter Morocco from Spain.

He was detained by agents of the DGSN, the General Directorate of National Security of Morocco.

Oppong remains in custody while extradition proceedings take place.

Brochure for family of Robert Powell shooting victims
Victim Robert Powell was shot nine times. Photo: Family Brochure

Oppong is the seventh fugitive arrested from the Most Wanted campaign, which is run in conjunction with the independent charity CrimeStoppers, Spanish law enforcement and UK police.

Steve Reynolds, NCA’s regional manager in Spain, said: “Oppong’s arrest came after a sustained campaign to track him down and due to surveillance by our Moroccan partners and support from Interpol.

“This is another excellent result and shows once again that UK law enforcement is not giving up on finding those who are waiting for justice in the UK.

“Working with our colleagues at home and abroad, we will continue to hunt down those on the run.”

Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, who has been leading the Essex Police investigation, said: “Numerous officers and staff from all agencies involved in this case have been working around the clock to obtain justice for Robert’s family. .

“Oppong’s arrest is the result of excellent collaboration between Essex Police, NCA, CPS, Interpol, Crimestoppers and other law enforcement colleagues around the world, and it doesn’t end there.

“We all share a common goal: to find anyone suspected of committing a crime, no matter where they try to hide.

“Our work continues and we will not stop until Nana Oppong returns to the UK and faces the courts.”


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