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Bole: 10, including two kids, die in gory accident

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A fatal road accident at Dikpa near Tinga in the Bole district of the Northern Region claimed 10 lives including two children and a police officer.

The Sunday accident left eight others critically injured.

The accident occurred at about 2:30pm on June 25, 2017 involving a Wa-bound Ssangyong mini bus with registration number UW 171-15 from Kumasi that ran into a stationary DAF truck with registration number AS 379.

According to the Bole Police Commander, ASP David Azumah, the dead included a lance corporal of the Ghana Police Service.

“personnel on highway patrol at Banda Nkwanta received information that an accident has occurred at Dikpa near Tinga on Bole Bamboi highway, that some of the passengers sustained serious degree of injuries and some also die instantly.

“The patrol team quickly rushed to the scene and found eight occupants of the bus seriously injured and ten passengers dead including two children and a police officer No. 47593 G/L/Cpl Jakper B. Yamdauk with Wa Regional Highway Patrol,”  ASP Azumah recounted.

The injured, the police report revealed, were rushed to Bole Government Hospital for treatment and the bodies of those who lost their lives deposited at the hospital morgue awaiting identification and autopsy.

By Zubaida Ismail | | Ghana

Major Boakye Gyan (rtd) wanted Maj. Mahama’s ‘killers’ executed same day he was buried

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Boakye Gyan wanted the lynchers executed same day the late Major Mahama was buried

Retired army major Osahene Kwadwo Boakye Gyan says lynching should be made a treasonable offence and there should be summary trial for culprits.

He said this can curb future cases after Major Maxwell Adam Mahama was gruesomely lynched at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region.

Speaking on the trial of about 30 persons for the unfortunate incident on Monday, May 29 on TV3’s Hot Issues, Major Boakye Gyan (rtd) said “there are so many loopholes” in the judicial system that the arrested may be freed, if due diligence is not taken.

“They can come out and nothing will come out from [the case],” he suggested, protesting that an outcome like that will not be “fair”.

“It is not fair for [Major Mahama] and his people.”

The late army major, who was commanding a military detachment in Upper Denkyira West District capital Diaso, was buried on Friday, June 9 at the Osu Military Cemetery after a state funeral.

But some Denkyira-Obuasi residents who were involved in his lynching are still standing trial for various offences.

Major Boakye Gyan (rtd) opined that “the people who are caught must be executed the same day the man is buried”.

He said because of the terminal nature of the offence, “the sentencing must be high treason”.

Mahama Law

Major Mahama was a member of the 5 Infantry Battalion Unit of the Ghana Armed Forces – the same mother unit for Major (rtd) Boakye Gyan while he was in the army.

He, therefore, empathized with the fallen soldier.

A leading architect of the 1979 revolution in Ghana, Major (rtd) Boakye Gyan says the stories surrounding the death of the former army captain are incomprehensible.

According to him, the narratives are one-sided and the police need to do a good job to get all angles to the issues.

He stated, for example, that he cannot believe the deceased officer walked or jogged for that long between his base at Diaso and Denkyira-Obuasi, where he was killed.

“Who gave that information to the police?” he queried.

He said since the dead cannot speak for itself, all narratives may be falsified.

But one thing can bring justice, he suggested, which is the execution of the culprits.

He said that can be called the ‘Mahama Law’ so that it will deter others from towing similar path in future.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

About 8,000 people to be recruited into Ghana Police

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File: A recruitment screening exercise for police recruits

About 8,000 personnel are expected to be recruited into the Ghana Police Service by the end of the year to beef its human resource capacity.

The Ministry of the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, made this known when he interacted with the media at the first ever National Police Command Conference in Kumasi last Thursday.

The conference was attended by regional police commanders, regional crime officers and senior police officers.

More female recruits

Mr Dery said the government was working in partnership with the Ghana Police Service to ensure that more women were recruited in a bid to correct the male-female imbalance in the service.

The new recruitment policy, which is yet to be firmed up, he said, was only one of several interventions the government intended to roll out this year.

The policy, he said, would also include a new housing scheme to solve the accommodation challenges facing police personnel.

Mr Dery said the current situation where personnel reported to the office from their respective homes outside the barracks was not the best and added that such development was not helpful in the effort by the Police Administration to address emergency situations.

The Minister of the Interior did not, however, give details regarding the housing scheme expected to be rolled out by the government to solve the accommodation problems of police personnel.

He said the public/police ratio in combating crime was not encouraging and, therefore, more hands were needed to promote effective policing in maintaining law and order in society.

He said the government was not oblivious to the numerous challenges facing the service and that it was up to the task to make the service attractive again.

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U/W: Crocodiles threatening tilapia farms, 25 killed

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Farmers sorting the tilapia after harvest

A total of seven crocodiles have been killed in an attempt to break into tilapia farms at Nabrunye in the Lawra District of the Upper West Region to eat the fishes.

About 17 of the crocodiles were killed in the first year of the farms in 2015, the farmers told TV3, nothing the crocodiles have become a major threat to their tilapia farms.

The crocodiles are believed to be gods to some of the natives in the community hence it becomes a taboo to kill them intentionally.

The nets protecting the fish in the water killed the crocodiles, according to the farmers, who are beneficiaries of Resilience and Sustainable Livelihood Transformation Project (RESULT) in Northern Ghana.

This has caused the implementers of the project to fence all the cages with predator nets to prevent further destruction on the cages and more crocodiles from dying.

The 19 million-dollar project was put together by ACDEP from Global Affairs Canada and seeks to diversify and increase incomes of smallholder farmers to contribute to food security.

It aims to train about 21,000 farmers directly and many more indirectly.

Residents take charge of feeding the first, harvesting, processing and marketing with assistance from RESULT.

The project is an integrated project that seeks to contribute to small ruminant production, crop production, marketing and incomes generating activities and Aquaculture.

Implementation of the Aquaculture project started in 2015 with Nabrunye leading two other communities – Tanchera, Nambeg

Secretary in charge of the fish farming at Nabrunye, Zuuri Gaeten, said the project has brought employment to many residents in the community

He said the major challenge facing them is the destruction nets by the crocodiles.

The project also organizes a food fair to train residents how to prepare the fish for market and store it when there is no market

It also promote the locally produce tilapia against the imported ones.

Upper West Regional coordinator of the project, B. Kasimu Wumbla, said the project seeks to diversify and increase incomes of smallholder farmers to contribute to food security.

He said they have acquired predator nets to scare the crocodiles from further attacks.Aquaculture specialist on the RESULT project, Peter Kwame Akpaglo, has called on communities in northern Ghana to demand for the “one village one dam project” from government to enable them use them for Aquaculture and dry season gardening due to the single farming season in the North.

By Yakubu Abdul-Gafur||Ghana

Nungua residents banned from going out at 10pm on Thursday

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Traditional authorities of the Ga-Dangme State in Accra will on June 29 place Nungua and its environs under curfew to perform some traditional rites as part of the celebration of its annual festival.

All residents will be required to stay indoors at exactly 10:00pm on Thursday, a statement signed by the Nungua Oblatai Mantse, Nii Okplen Jalesane II, under the authority of the Ga-Dangme State overlord, Gborbu Wulomo Shitse announced.

It mentioned Grader estates, Baatsonaa, Okpoi Gonno, Addo Gonno, Nungua township, Nungua estates, Spintex Road, Kotobaabi, Sakumono township and Sakumono estates and other as the affected areas.

The authorities warned, “It is a taboo and a sacrilege for an eye to see the performers of the rites,” hence urged all residents to respect the sanctity of the rites.

Again, there will be a ban on drumming and noise making in the affected areas effective Monday, June 26, the statement announced.

The one-week ban forms part of activities to pave the way for the preparation of the annual Kplejo festival of the chiefs and people of Nungua.

Traditional authorities would on Tuesday, June 27, perform the “Gbejee” to clear paths leading to various grooves in Nungua, the statement said.

Meanwhile the traditional authorities have asked the public to judiciously observe the customs to avoid any confrontation with the traditional authorities, the Ghana News Agency reported.

They have also appealed to the local council of churches to educate their members to observe the rules.

The statement warned that a taskforce would be formed with name tags to work in collaboration with the police to monitor activities and anyone found without identification should be reported to the office of the Gborbu Wulomo Shitse.


Three receive prizes in Kokrokoo Charities raffle

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Kwame Sefa Kayi is the initiator of ‘Project 100 Incubators’

Three loyal viewers of TV3 were on Friday presented with their prizes for participating in the Kokrokoo Raffle, aimed at raising more funds for Kokrokoo Charities Foundation.

The Foundation set up by ace radio presenter Kwame Sefa Kayi is intended to be a fund-raising platform to channel resources in support of needs identified through Kokrokoo, a morning show on Accra-based Peace FM.

The Foundation is currently embarking on a project to procure 100 incubators for health facilities across the country by the end of this year.

Dubbed ‘Project 100 Incubators’, the charity initiative, which began in 2014, was launched on May 23. It is aimed at reducing the mortality rate of children born prematurely.

Every year, an estimated 140,000 children are born pre-term, out of which 8,000 die before 30 days.

The raffle was put together as a means of raising more funds for the project.

Anderson Jennifer, a regular viewer on TV3, won a deep freezer as the winner while Gabriel Dadzie Williams won a refrigerator.

Ms Jennifer received a NASCO Chest freezer as her prize

The 1st runner-up received a NASCO refrigerator

The 2nd runner-up received a sound system

A third viewer, Jamseson Jerry Kwaku, won a sound system.

The prizes were presented on behalf of TV3 by News 360 presenter Natalie Fort.

The raffle is ongoing with viewers encouraged to call 050 791 04 66. Callers instantly receive a reply from Kwame Sefa Kayi and subsequently a text that will prompt them on how to donate.

So far, Prestea Government Hospital at Huni Valley in the Western Region, La General Hospital, Police Hospital and Tamale Teaching Hospital have benefitted from the project with incubators installed at those facilities.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Major (rtd) Boakye Gyan rates Akufo-Addo gov’t 1/10 in terms of security

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Nana Akufo-Addo has promised to crack down on lawbreakers

Retired army officer Kwadwo Boakye Gyan has lamented the seeming breakdown in law and order under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

He said the numerous attacks on security establishments must be a cause for worry to all well-meaning Ghanaians.

On a scale of 1 – 10, the retired army major ranked the incumbent government the lowest – giving it 1.

Major Boakye Gyan expressed these sentiments on Saturday, when he sat in the hot seat on TV3’s Hot Issues.

A leading architect of the June 4, 1979 revolution, the card-bearing member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said for an army captain to be killed by civilians is the highest order of indiscipline.

READ: Mistaken identity! Army officer lynched & burnt as armed robber

He laid the blame at the doorstep of the president, suggesting that if not curbed, the situation will degenerate into irreparable chaos.

“All I know is that the security that the constitution guarantees is under threat,” the Akora observed, “and if we are not careful, we will lose it.”

He wondered how army officers would be deployed to guard mines instead of performing the foremost duty of resisting external aggression against the state.

The retired military officer said the situation is because other para-military agencies, whose duty it is to fight inner aggression, are not performing their duties due to failed leadership.


Major (rtd) Boakye Gyan could not say anything about the fight against illegal mining, saying the fight is simply non-existent.

According to him, all that has been done so far is “talk, talk and talk”.

He recounted an episode he resisted a chief in his area from leasing a land to a firm for mining.

“I have told them something will happen if they venture to come there,” he said in Twi.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Upper East: Traditional birth spacing method gains grounds

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Traditional method of birth spacing through the use of the menstrual cycle is gaining grounds in rural areas in parts of Upper East Region of Ghana and reducing the patronage of modern family planning methods. This is partly due to religious and cultural beliefs as well as suspicious side effective.

This situation has led to a rapid repeat birth among couples with over 68 per cent of women reporting birth spacing of less than twenty four months between their youngest child and the next child in northern Ghana. The effects of this  large family size is putting pressure on the limited resources and an increase in mal nutrition among children.

To curb the situation, the Catholics Relief Services in collaboration with its partners rolled out a project called the Strengthening of Marriages and Relationship Through Communications and Planning Among Couples  (SMART couple). The program trained couples on better ways to improve communications and adopting a joint decision making behaviours.

In addition, it also increased availability, accessibility and awareness of couple friendly, culturally appropriate Fertility Awareness Method  (FAM) services to about 3000 couples within a one and half year period in the Upper East Region.

As part of the program, traditional method of family planning was introduced through the use of the menstrual cycle, lactational Amenorrhea method among couples, which has proven to be effective.

Mohammed Faiza a mother of five shared her experience in using modern family method and the natural birth spacing method.

“I used to use the modern contraceptives and I get a lot of challenges, my menses were irregular, my husband too didn’t like it. But with the introduction of the natural birth spacing I don’t get such complications.”

Her husband Salisu Mohammed said he never approved modern family planning for his wife.

“Family planning is important in our lives as Moslems as it gives space for women to rest.  But for the scientific method which you have to introduce chemicals in your system is not the best and I don’t approve of that for my wife. With the natural birth method,  it comes with no complications, sometimes the women is not able to conceive after using those contraceptives. the natural method does not only prevent child birth but also to conceive when the couples meet at the right time of the month.”

The Health Program Manager for the  Catholic Relief services, (CRS) Mohammed Ali, explained the programme provided platforms for healthy discussions among couples.

“Through that their relationships have been built and couples now feel comfortable to sit together, plan and exchange ideas and take decisions to ensure the well being of their children. We belief that peace within communities should start from the bedroom,” he added.

He noted that the program would be extended to ten more districts.

By Zubaida Ismail |TV3|


Body of man killed by mortuary man dumped at Bolga Police Station

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The body of the deceased which was dumped in a coffin at the Police Station

The body of a man killed by a mortuary man in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region has been dumped at the Bolgatanga Municipal Police Station.

The action by the youth of Yorogo, a surburb of Bolgatanga, was triggered by Police intervention that saved the mortuary man from being lynched.

Police say the mortuary man was driving in the Yorogo area on Thursday when his vehicle knocked dead the deceased about 6:00pm.

The vehicle was vandalised and set ablaze by some angry youth of the area including some relatives of the deceased later on Friday converged the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital to get the body for burial.

According to the Police, the people spotted the mortuary man, got incensed, attacked and assaulted him and his colleagues.

They also destroyed the mortuary man’s motorbike and “went on rampage at the hospital premises”, the Police confirmed to 3News Saturday.

“Police moved to the scene and met them in the act but on seeing the police, they took to their heels,” the Police told 3News, adding that four of the attackers were arrested in the process.

“At about 6:30pm, the attackers besieged the Bolgatanga Municipal police station amidst stone throwing and eventually dumped the body of the deceased in a coffin at the frontage of the police station,” the Police told 3News.

According to sources, the Police had to fire rubber bullets to disperse the irate mob and bring the situation under control.

The names of the arrested were given as Nyaaba Nsor, 30; Joseph Abubakari 20; Joshua Agbambire, 30; and the assembly member of Yorogo, Adongo Peter, 41 who is said to have mobilized the youths to attack the victims.

They are to be charged for causing unlawful damage and put before court, the Police said.


Private citizen drags General Legal Council to Supreme Court

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A private citizen, Emmanuel Korsi Senyo, has filed a suit against the General Legal Council (GLC), challenging its power to prosecute lawyers.

He has prayed the Supreme Court to among other things make a declaration that the General Legal Council’s Disciplinary Committee lacks the jurisdiction to inquire into issues of misconduct of lawyers as that amounts to a violation of Article 19(1) of the 1992 Constitution.

According to him, Article 19(1) of the 1992 constitution vests the power of enquiry into criminal offences in the courts not the GLC.

Emmanuel Korsi Senyo in his suit also prayed the court to make declaration that the criminal offences contained in Sections 19(5) and 19(7) of the Legal Profession Act, 1960 (Act 32) are in breach of Article 19(11) of the 1992 Constitution because the said offences are not defined.

In his case, he claims Act 32 and LI 613 do not define “grave misconduct in a professional respect” but yet prescribes punishment for lawyers found guilty of “grave misconduct in a professional respect”.

This he finds unconstitutional, thus, praying the court to make a declaration.

In all, Mr Korsi Senyo is seeking 10 reliefs from the Supreme Court including an interlocutory injunction restraining the General Legal Council’s Disciplinary Committee from hearing any disciplinary matters until this suit is concluded.

It is not quite clear if his suit has anything to do with the three-year ban placed on Lawyer Xavier Sosu by the General Legal Council for advertising on social media and overcharging a client.

By Pwaberi Denis Wedam||Ghana