Nana Oppong: Suspected Essex Drive-By Killer Arrested In Morocco
A man wanted over the drive-by killing of Robert Powell, 50, who was shot eight times outside a party in Essex in 2020 has been arrested in Morocco. A worldwide manhunt has been ongoing since the murder.
42-year-old Nana Oppong was detained for attempting to enter Morocco using a fake passport in late September.
The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) only announced details surrounding the arrest on Wednesday.
A major manhunt was launched for Oppong after 50-year-old Robert Powell was shot dead outside a party near Harlow, Essex, in the early hours of June 13, 2020.
Last year, Oppong was featured on the National Crime Agencies' most wanted list and was the subject of an Interpol red notice, which notified police all over the world.
He was travelling from Spain to Morocco when he was arrested and is currently in police custody while proceedings to extradite him are ongoing.
NCA regional manager for Spain, Steve Reynolds, 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."
Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, lead investigator on the case from Essex Police, 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."
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