Headmaster of St Charles Lwanga Roman Catholic Junior High School in the Saboba District of the Northern has been remanded into police custody for his involvement in the drowning of nine students.
Mr Emmanuel Chinja, 43, has been slapped with manslaughter and scheduled to reappear at a Tamale District Court on November 29, 2021.
Manslaughter is a first-degree felony that could attract a sentence of life imprisonment if found guilty.
When the case was called on Monday (November 15), the defence counsel pleaded with the court to grant his client bail.
His reason was that the accused voluntarily submitted himself to the police hence had no intention to jump bail should he be granted.
But the judge, Amadu Issifu, declined the appeal for bail.
Why the headmaster had been dragged to court
The suspect was arrested and detained on Saturday after it emerged that the students drowned after he allegedly sent them to harvest rice on his farm.
A total of 31 students embarked on the mission but their boat capsized on Friday as they crossed the Oti river back to the school.
The incident is said to have occurred at Buntu, a farming community near Saboba.
Officials from National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and some local residents managed to retrieve the bodies.
The headmaster went into hiding shortly, for fear of his life before reporting himself to the police.
David Takah, a brother of the headmaster, reported that the family did not know his whereabouts and all efforts to contact him had failed.