Robbers ambush traders on Twifu-Praso highway

5 Jan

gumA group of about four armed men attacked and robbed passengers travelling from Twifu-Praso in the Central Region to the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi early Monday.

The robbers, who wore face masks and wielded AK 47 rifles, intercepted the Sprinter bus on which they were travelling at Adiembra and ordered the driver to stop amid sporadic shooting.

A male passenger at the back seat of the bus was wounded on the buttocks as the robbers held the passengers hostage at about 3 a.m in an operation which lasted about 20 minutes.

They forced the passengers, mostly traders, to lie face-down as they robbed them of money, mobile phones and other personal belongings.

The driver of the Sprinter bus, with registration AW 3297-13, who identified himself only as Moro abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bush, throwing away his ignition keys, phone and money.

Among the heavy losers, are a shoe seller who lost over four thousand cedis and some Nigerien nationals said to be returning home who also lost their life savings.

The attack compelled the traumatized traders to abandon the trip and return home empty-handed after lodging complaints with the Assin Fosu police.

Police were yet to visit the crime scene at time of filing this report.

But reports say attacks of this nature are becoming an annual affair. Similar attacks have been recorded in previous years on the Twifu Praso-Assin Fosu stretch.

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Civil society groups predict electoral violence unless…

1 Aug

VOTE

Civil society groups are predicting chaos from electoral violence if the country’s hybrid system of governance is allowed to prevail under its present form.

There are concerns the present arrangement gives too much power to the executive arm of government which open to abuse.

Chairman of the Civic Forum Initiative(CFI), Major General (Rtd) Nii Carl Coleman, says Ghana could be sitting on a time bomb which can be diffused only by all-inclusiveness, backed by constitutional reform.

He spoke to Nhyira Fm on the sidelines of a media sensitization program on multi-party governance and constitutional reform for 38 journalists in Accra.

Civil society groups have, since 2009, been pushing for change in Presidential and Parliamentary governance system commonly described by many as the’ winner- takes- all’.

Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey

Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey

Executive Government Reforms

There have been calls, for example, to elect District, Municipal and Metropolitan Chief Executives along party lines.

The groups also want Presidential, Parliamentary and District Assembly elections to be merged with a clear definition on campaigning period whilst all internal political elections are merged.

The Constitutional Review Commission is proposing about 96 amendments, about one third of the 1992 Constitution.

Major General (Rtd) Coleman says the present system stifles development, and could be a recipe for reactionary elements to exploit election tension to foment trouble.

“I have monitored 2008 and we thought it was violent enough; at that we thought it was a one off thing. Come 2012, it was worse and we followed it up with 8-months of going to the courts and we know the outcome. But reiterate that follows is that, this time we are not going to go to court to determine who won. So it means that hook or crook, they will do anything to make sure everything is in their favour and that is where the violence looms on the horizon. So if we do not change the structure of our political landscape, if we do not change the power situation in this country, we will go down the slippery ground”. Maj. Gen (rtd) Coleman explained.

Mandatory party manifestos, according to experts, should be  made to take central stage in governance activities and turn them into a 4-year development plan.

Political parties as part of proposals will be required to translate their manifestos into 4-year medium term policy programs to the benefit of the electorates.

Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance(IDEG), Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey, says polarization of the country is largely the result of election-related differences.

He will not support a complete scrapping of the system, but he believes parliament to should take a lead in reforms as work on the proposed amendments to the 1992 constitution continues.

“This is the most stable multi-party governance system we’ve had in our history so how can we make it work for us in other areas, that is why we say reform”.

Political Party Reforms

Dr. Akwetey believes failure to elect District Chief Executives have had effects on Ghana, making them unaccountable to the people.

“Indirect election of DCEs is not solving any problem; they are not even accountable.

If you want to strengthen the hybrid system to solve our problems, then open that hub; let the parties contest. Why are we afraid of party elections 20-years on?” .Dr Akweytey quizzed.

Dr Akwetey who led what became known as the ‘Kumasi Peace Accord’ ahead of the 2012 elections jab political parties for encouraging corruption.He is proposing the strengthening of Parliament, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Chieftaincy among other state institutions to monitor and put political parties and agents on their toes.

“You need institutions of national interest. You want to strengthen Parliament because it’s an institution of national interest. You want to strengthen the Civil Service, the NDPC, Chiefs”.

“We want certain things done to the political parties. We think they are the source of the problem. They’ve made politics very corrupt. If you go to power go and steel public money and be rich…. Let’s take interest in their manifestos. Let’s gets them to translate their manifestos into programs”.

Meanwhile majority of journalists who attended the training workshop welcomed the reform proposals which they wish could be implemented before of the 2016 elections.

 

Police grab robber who raped pastor’s daughter at gun point

16 May
Jeff Appiah

Jeff Appiah

Police intelligence has led to the arrest of an 18-year-old unemployed man who raped the daughter of a Kumasi-based pastor at gun point during a robbery incident.

Jeff Appiah who has admitted committing the crime, with the support of an accomplice at large, stormed the Dompoase-Kuwait residence of the pastor with locally manufactured pistols on May 5, 2014.

Police say the robbers broke into the home of the pastor and his family at 2:21a.m.

The armed men ransacked the Dompoase-Kuwait residence of man of God, robbed the family of GH¢ 700, three mobile phones.

They also raped the unidentified daughter of the pastor at gun point to the shock of the parents.

The traumatized daughter has since been seeking medical attention at a health facility in Kumasi.

According to Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Peter Baba, Jeff and his accomplice bolted after the attack on the family until intelligence led to his arrest at an Atonsu-Kuwait hideout.

Jeff upon arrest confessed to police he was a member of the gang that attacked the pastor and his family, Superintendent Peter Baba told Nhyira FM.

“He has admitted the offence and mentioned his accomplice and the police is on the heels to get that person arrested”. Mr. Baba added.

The Regional Crime Officer also announced the arrest of one Peter Ananga, aged 36 at Atwima Koforidua .

He is believed to be a member of gang which operated and killed security man at Hill Top Residential area at Kwadaso-Ohwimase.

Police retrieved a black leather jacket which the suspect wore during the Hill Top robbery, dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp, live ammunition and knives.

The suspect has been remanded in prison custody.

Fifty-two armed robbers have so far been arrested since DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye assumed office.

Chief Superintendent Peter Baba says the level of robbery has gone down drastically over the period since the arrest of the robbers.

Ashanti Police ‘demoralised’ over easy bail of armed robbers, hardened criminals

16 May
Chief Superintendent Peter Baba

Chief Superintendent Peter Baba

The Ashanti Regional Police Command has expressed worry at the manner armed robbers and other hardened criminals are being granted bail by courts in the region.

The command is particularly concerned about the soft bail conditions given to suspected hardened criminals and has therefore filed a formal complaint to the Supervising High Court Judge in Kumasi.

Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Peter Baba, says as many as 52 robbers arrested over the past two months, have been granted bail, sometimes for non-bailable charges.

Regional Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye and his men say they are “shocked” by incessant news of bailouts granted to robbers, forcing the command to officially protest.

“We just started experiencing this type of shocked news and the police administration in the region is not happy with it”, the Crime Commander revealed.

According to Chief Superintendent Baba, there are instances where facts of cases are not read, neither are pleas of accused taken but judges grant bail to suspects.

There are instances, also, where police have protested bail granted some criminals who failed to sign their bail bonds, Chief Superintendent Baba revealed.

Some police investigators have been cited for contempt for disrespecting the court’s orders.

For example, a police investigator has been cited for contempt of court for refusing to sign a bail granted  two accused robbers, because he found that to be wrong and improper.

The officer took that position because the facts of the case were neither read in court nor the pleas of the accused taken.

Two people,  Isaac Asare and Emmanuel Asamoah,  who  were  arrested in connection with a robbery incident at Fowoade in the Kwabre East District were granted GH¢ 10,000.00 bail with a surety each when arraigned to make their next court appearance on May 30.

Chief Superintendent Baba told Nhyira FM’s Ohemeng Tawiah the police administration has lodged a complaint with the Supervising High Court Judge and the Chief State Attorney in Kumasi, with a meeting over the matter scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

“Police has taken those measures; risking our lives to get them arrested. These people are sent to the court to be reminded whilst some investigations go on. You know sometimes the court thinks that we are only coming to remand the people and then go and relax. Now these people are granted bail by the court and if he’s granted bail, he’s gone and where are you going to get his accomplices”, Chief Superintendent Baba quizzed.

 

Father of slain US-based Ghanaian Pharmacist collapses upon hearing son’s death

15 May
Late Michael Nana Baffuor Addo

Late Michael Nana Baffuor Addo

Father of a 35-year old Ghanaian pharmacist who was killed in the United States collapsed, upon hearing the news as the family struggles to come to terms with the tragic incident.

Michael Nana Baffour Addo was shot in the face on duty by a man believed to be an Iraqi war veteran who later shot a second victim, Daniel Rogers within a spate of 15 minutes.

Nana Addo Baffuor, father of the deceased collapsed when the Lansing police informed him of his son’s death.

Reports suggest the assailant shot the former student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for demanding prescription for a drug he had enquired to buy.

The unidentified culprit shot the Ghanaian at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Lansing, Michigan.

Back here in Ghana, at the Buokrom Estate home of the parents of the deceased, relatives, friends and school mates clad in black have been mourning Nana Addo’s demise.

Once a representative of Opoku Ware School in Brilliant National Science and Maths Quiz Competition, Michael was the second of six children of his parents.

Nana Addo worked at the Pharmacy Department of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital on completion of his studies in Pharmacy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2002.

He later left for the U.K. where he met his wife, Alberta, before relocating to the U.S. five years ago.

Michael Nana Baffuor Addo

Michael Nana Baffuor Addo

Family spokesperson, Stephen Antwi, says the vacuum created by Nana Addo’s death can hardly be filled.

“We are all devastated and we don’t know what to do. It’s a huge loss to the family, friends and the nation at large because here is a very promising guy in his prime age and all of a sudden out of the blues he’s just gone like that by one crazy guy”.

Mr. Antwi who described the shooting of Michael as unfortunate said all those who knew the deceased will remember him for “his quietness and calmness”.

He explained the circumstances leading to the shooting was “unbelievable”.

“He’s a pharmacist and a certain guy came in and wanted to buy a drug without prescription. And he said no; it’s against the ethics and he could lose his license in the process so he asked the guy to go for the prescription. The guy came back not knowing he went for a gun so he just shot him in the process, in the face, I’m told”

Father of the deceased, Nana Addo Baffuor, told Nhyira News, Michael had earlier spoken with family a day before he was shot.

The Mothers’ Day phone conversation, where Nana Addo spent more than two hours talking to the parents, wife and his younger sister was apparently to wish the old folks well.

Meanwhile, the family is liaising with police in the U.S for the body of the deceased to be flown home.

Nana Addo is survived by his wife and an 11-month old daughter.

 

 

 

Price FM sacks employees en masse

30 Apr

pricAbout 40 employees, including the General Manager of Price FM, a local radio station at Pankrono in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, have been asked to go home.

Management has assured, they have an option later to re-apply when it gives the green light at a yet-to-be determined date.

The mass lay-off, the first of its kind to hit a media house in the Ashanti Region, is to enable management carry out what officials say is vigorous restructuring of the company.

The announcement follows a meeting on Monday to discuss operations of the radio station which has been running for less than two years, and said to be breaking-even.

At what looked like an ordinary general meeting, workers received the shocking news from some station board members they met for the first time at the session.

Nhyira News investigations reveal only about four workers who were properly engaged; with appointment would be paid their April salary.

Mr. Kwaku Adu Gyamfi, who until Monday was the News Editor at Price FM says the workers were surprised to see for the first time the introduction of “some people as board of governors”.

The former News Editor who is among the four people who were given appointment letters tells Nhyira News majority of workers were “given verbal appointments”.

But he still considers himself an employee of the company because he has not been given any dismissal letter.

Despite his insistence, he is at a loss at why he would be asked to re-apply when officially; he has not been given a dismissal letter.

“The issue of re-applying was something which baffles me and I don’t know how to understand it….you ask someone to re-apply whilst the person has not been sacked or dismissed, you see…”. Mr Adu Gyamfi added.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer, Bishop Colombus Appiah, tells Nhyira News the move is not an outright dismissal of workers.

Bishop Appiah who is also founder of Jesus in All Ministries at Meduma in the Kwabre East District says management will use the period to address some of the station’s challenges.

 

Father, daughter die in tragic building collapse with two seriously injured

24 Apr
Sympathizers continue to grief over the tragedy

Sympathizers continue to grief over the tragedy

A 28-year-old man and his 4-year-old daughter have died after the walls of their bedroom collapsed on them at Aninkroma near Barekuma in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of Ashanti.

Kofi Boateng, the father and Maame Pokua were pronounced dead on arrival at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) after the tragedy on Tuesday night.

His wife, Adwoa Buor who is five months pregnant, and 2-year old daughter were seriously injured. The two are currently receiving treatment at KATH.

The pregnant woman, did not only  lost one leg in the accident as the wall collapsed on her leg, but also lost her husband he had married for five  years and her 4-year old daughter as well.

The family was asleep when a section of their mud building gave way, trapping them inside for about five minutes before neighbours came to their rescue.

Though Adwoa Buor had attempted to escape with the injured daughter, she was hit by the falling walls just at the fringes of the walls of their room.

Neighbours suspect a heavy downpour which occurred few minutes before the incident and the dilapidated nature of the building could be the cause of the tragedy.

Boateng before retiring to bed on that day had conferred with a friend of his plans to acquire a plot of land where he would supposedly build a house and relocate his family from the collapsed bedroom.

But this will not happen as calamity befell him and his family.

An uncle of Baoteng, Marthin Bosompem who was among the first neighbours to rush to the scene told Nhyira Fm with the exception of the wife who was partly buried, the man and rest of his family were buried deep under the rubbles.

The victims had been shouting for help with their last breath, a situation which attracted a large retinue of neighbours to the scene.

Residents have since then been trouping to the scene of the tragedy amid wailing whilst the courageous ones discuss the issue in groups.

District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Nana Asare-Bediako who visited the scene with Member of Parliament of the area, Benito Owusu-Bio has advised people in weak structures to take precaution, especially as the rains set in.

 

Ejisu-juaben Police to prosecute 10 parents for child pornography

23 Apr

The Ejisu-Juaben Municipal Assembly has begun discussions on how to tackle increasing patronage of pornography by children in the area.

Mr. Kwaku Afrifa Yamoah-Ponko

Kwaku Afrifa Yamoah-Ponkoh

Last week, police arrested about 20 children between eight and 12-years for engaging in such illegal acts at video centres at night.

They were granted bail after police had taken statements from them, together with their parents over what Ejisu Command officials say is a breach of the Children’s’ Act.

Ten parents of the suspected minors are being processed for court

Municipal Chief Executive, Kwaku Afrifa Yamoah-Ponkoh says the assembly is alarmed by the situation for which it is taking action.

He says the assembly will seek support from stakeholders to be able to eliminate the habit among children.

“It’s disturbing when you see children engaging themselves in some of these social vices, it is something that anybody at all can accommodate. If you allow these children to do the things that they are doing now, the end result would not be anything good for society”. Worried Mr Yamoah-Ponkoh observed.

For now, Mr. Yamoah-Ponkoh is encouraging the police to go all out clamping down on offenders and their parents.

“To curb this thing needs little bit of time. We are working with law enforcement agents; the police to be precise to deal some of these issues. Our next meeting, we are going to deal with this drastically”. He said.

Meanwhile, police warn they will deal ruthlessly with irresponsible parents as they promise more swoops on some identified hideouts noted for the practice.

Ten parents detained by the police are expected to be prosecuted

District Commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen Kwasi Kwakye warned the law will deal ruthlessly with irresponsible parents

 

Corporate Ghana urged to replace obsolete training equipments at universities, polytechnics

23 Apr

Corporate Ghana is being urged to help replace obsolete training equipment at the country’s universities and polytechnics. An official of U.S- based electrical relay manufacturer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), says upgrading such resource exposes students to modern practical knowledge. The company’s West Africa Regional Sales Manager, Fred Ankrah, made the call when the company donated electrical protection relays worth over GH¢120,000 to the Kumasi Polytechnic at the weekend. The polytechnic authorities say the

Professor Nsowah-Nuamah holding one of the relays whilst Mr. Ankrah(right) looks on

Professor Nsowah-Nuamah holding one of the relays whilst Mr. Ankrah(right) looks on

equipment will offer students hands-on tutorials to keep them in tune with the best electrical technology developments, while enhancing capacity of lecturers. The items range from generation, transmission and transformer protection relays. Kumasi Polytechnic’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department is the second, after the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to receive such equipment. The American firm is noted for building and supply of reliable cost-effective protection, monitoring, control, automation, and metering of electric power systems. Its products are available in 142 countries worldwide. Mr. Ankrah, a former student of Kumasi Polytechnic, says universities must embrace technology to improve teaching and learning to make their students competitive in the job market. “Most of these universities still adapt to old concepts of doing things. I think that corporate bodies should come in and support these universities. Corporate sector can collectively help move this sort of industry space especially in the power sector”, Mr Ankrah noted. Kumasi Polytechnic will also benefit from specialized training programs as part of SEL’s corporate responsibility. “These donations are specifically to help that skill transfer required especially before going the field and when you are on the field”, Mr Ankrah explained. Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Kwadwo Ntiamoah-Sarpong, says the new equipments would help reduce cost of training students in other fields. “ This would be of great benefit to us because day-in and day-out, technology is advancing and even though the principle may be the same, my students would be very privileged since these equipments are very modern”, Mr Ntiamoha-Sarpong said. Meanwhile, Rector of Kumasi Polytechnic, Professor Nicholas Nikodemus Nsowa- Nuamah has appealed to former students of the polytechnic to come to the aid of their alma mater. He says students who have benefited immensely from the polytechnic owe it a duty to support the institution.

25-year old galamsey operator sacrifices manhood and niece for backfired ritual-money

16 Apr

A 25-year old galamsey operator who was bent on getting rich quick by sacrificing his penis for spiritual money is cursing his stars after the charm for riches back-fired.

Kwaku Boateng of Akyem Ntronang in the Eastern Region now vomits blood under strange circumstances while his niece has become dumb.

Kwaku’s plight worsens by the day as relatives pressurize him to have the innocent niece delivered when the supposed Muslim spiritualist, commonly known as mallam, has disappeared.

He says the fortunes of a friend who had consulted the mallam and ‘succeeded’ the quest to salvage his poor family from poverty and the love and craze for luxury cars pushed him to the shrine.

Kwaku had asked the mallam to use his manhood and one of his only sister’s two children for the money magic.

As part of the rituals, he stripped naked on the instructions of the mallam after which the spiritualist poured a powdered substance on his and at his rear.

The mallam then spread the substances down to his genitals, and then asked him to dress up again.

Three days after the visit to the shrine, I began feeling no sensation in my manhood after it has lost its potency, a situation the mallam confirmed signified the sacrifices.

But after waiting for 7-months with no sign of seeing the rich, he was alarmed, stormed the Mallam’s shrine at Akwatia and threatened to set it ablaze.

This means his dream of owning a Limousine and a house has been shattered, leaving him poorer as he was before with a chronic disease of vomiting blood.

Boateng’s sister, 34-year old Amma Agyeiwaa has been seeking cure for her daughter who suddenly became deaf.

According to her, repeated appeal to her only brother to assist the single parent to take care of the girl fell on deaf ears.

Following a visit to a prayer camp it was revealed Kwaku was behind his niece’s condition, and it took family meeting for him to admit the accusation.

Amma Agyeiwaa wants spiritual intervention for her daughter.

 

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