British fugitive wanted over drive-by shooting in Essex is arrested while trying to enter Morocco

A man wanted by British police has been arrested in Morocco over a brutal drive-by murder.

Nana Oppong, 42, was one of 13 fugitives named in a National Crime Agency (NCA) most wanted campaign last year.

Oppong was wanted as part of an Essex Police investigation into the June 13, 2020 murder of 50-year-old Robert Powell.

Father-of-three Mr Powell was shot eight times with a 9mm pistol outside a party in Water Lane, Roydon, Harlow, as the gunman promptly drove off. He died in hospital the next day.

Nana Oppong was arrested when she tried to enter Morocco from Spain with false papers

Robert Powell, A 50-Year-Old Father Of Three, Was Shot Eight Times Outside A Party In 2020

Robert Powell, a 50-year-old father of three, was shot eight times outside a party in 2020

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

Police said they were unable to release any news of his detention at the time due to operational and security reasons.

In addition to being placed on the NCA’s Most Wanted list, Oppong was also the subject of an Interpol Red Notice – an official request to law enforcement groups around the world to arrest the suspect on the spot.

The fugitive was stopped by agents of the DGSN – Morocco’s general directorate of national security – when he tried to enter Morocco from Spain using false identity documents.

Oppong remains in custody and extradition proceedings are now underway.

The Suspected Shooter Oppong Had Traveled From Spain To Morocco Where He Was Arrested (Image Of The Scene Of The 2020 Shooting)

The suspected shooter Oppong had traveled from Spain to Morocco where he was arrested (image of the scene of the 2020 shooting)

He is the seventh fugitive arrested for the NCA’s Most Wanted campaign, which is being run in partnership with independent charity CrimeStoppers, Spanish law enforcement and the UK police.

Steve Reynolds, NCA regional manager in Spain, said: “Oppong’s arrest came about following a sustained campaign to track him down and due to the vigilance of 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.

‘Together with our colleagues at home and abroad, we continue to hunt for the refugees.’

Oppong Is One Of 12 Fugitives Placed On The National Crime Agency'S Most Wanted List For 2022

Oppong is one of 12 fugitives placed on the National Crime Agency’s Most Wanted List for 2022

Detective Stephen Jennings, who is leading the Essex Police investigation, said: ‘Numerous officers and staff from all agencies involved in this case have worked day and night to get justice for Robert’s family.

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

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

“Our work will continue and we won’t stop until Nana Oppong is back in the UK and is due to appear in court.”

Lord Ashcroft, founder and chairman of the Crimestoppers charity, said: ‘It is very encouraging that yet another fugitive has been caught while fleeing abroad.

“This highlights the success of our joint Most Wanted campaign with the NCA, as more than half of those wanted have now been arrested.

‘Remember that as a charity independent of the police, Crimestoppers will never be asked for your personal details – just anonymously tell us what you know online or call our UK Contact Center on 0800 555 111.

“With your support, we can ensure that dangerous criminals can no longer face justice.”

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