A Newham man, who featured in a National Crime Agency (NCA) most wanted campaign, is set to stand trial accused of murdering an Essex man.

Nana Oppong was wanted by Essex Police in connection with the death of 50-year-old Robert Powell, who was shot eight times outside a party in Water Lane, Roydon, Harlow in June 2020.

Oppong, 43, was stopped by officers from Morocco's General Directorate for National Security in September 2022 at Tangier Port, after allegedly trying to enter the country using false documents.

The NCA said he had travelled in the back of a lorry from Spain.

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On Tuesday (June 20), Oppong was escorted back to the UK by an extradition team from the NCA's Joint International Crime Centre.

He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (June 21) and was ordered to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday (Thursday, June 22) where he was remanded in custody.

Oppong was also wanted by the Met following an investigation into his alleged use of encrypted messaging platform Encrochat.

The force then secured further charges of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to enable others to endanger life, conspiracy to possess firearms, conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering.

Steve Reynolds, NCA regional manager in Spain, said: "Nana Oppong went to great lengths to evade capture by using false identity documents, but the NCA never gives up on finding fugitives wherever they try to hide.

"We have officers based all over the world, sharing intelligence and working with local law enforcement agencies to apprehend those on the run.

"Oppong has now been returned to the UK to face justice."

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Det Supt Stephen Jennings, of Essex Police, said: "Oppong’s arrest and extradition are the result of an excellent collaboration between Essex Police and our law enforcement colleagues around the world, and it doesn’t stop there.

"We’re working day and night to get justice for Robert’s family and all those who have lost a loved one to violent crime."

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Oppong is next due to appear in court on July 6 at a location yet to be determined.