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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 25 January 2018
Five suspects have been arrested in connection to the shooting and killing of the late Constable Daniel Owusu at Lapaz in July 2017, the IGP David Asante-Apeatu has announced. At a press conference today [Thursday], the IGP said “…Five persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of constable Daniel Owusu, who was shot dead by armed robbers in Accra on 13th July 2017, while he was performing a patrol duty.” “They are Benjamin Nii Lantey Flexi Boye, age, 27, Kassim Mukaila alias Ekpe, 30 years, Laila Mohammed, 20 years, Musah Ibrahim, alias Moses can do, 27, and Abass Abdulai, 36. Kassim Mukaila and alias Ekpe and Musah Ibrahim were the suspects who shot, but went into hiding immediately after the incident until recently when they were arrested,” he added. The late Daniel Owusu was shot dead in July last year, while another was injured by some assailants. The suspects were said to be on a robbery mission in the area, but shot the policemen to prevent him from thwarting their operation.
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The General Overseer, Trinity Revival Ministry, Prophet Anthony Kobbinah Anderson, has suggested that, COP Nathan Kofi Boakye is wasting away as the Director in charge of Research and Planning at the Police Headquarters. The man of God who is popularly referred to as Father 1 argued, the DCOP does not deserve to be working in an office environment considering the increasing rate of lawlessness, armed robberies and killing of police officers in recent times. In his view, the former Commander for the Kumasi Police Command should be on the field to bring his expertise to bear in the maintainance of law and order in the country. Father 1, told rainbowradioonline.com that, COP Kofi Boakye have been described as a dedicated and hardworking police officer. He was awarded by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for improving security at the University and its environs. He was promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police in 2016 by former President John Dramani Mahama. The prophet considering all these records chalked by the COP stressed that, ‘’we are not seeing the field work of COP Kofi Boakye. He should be allowed to go onto the field. He is an experienced field worker.’’ Retool the police He called on government to retool the police administration to help them work efficiently. He admonished the police service to recruit strong, resilient, dedicated and committed individuals to join the service. Prophet Anderson also blamed the leadership of the police for failing to exhibit exceptional leadership, diligence and tenacity in the discharge of their duties. He said although the police needs our prayers to avert the killings, they also need proper training. They should be attentive. Some of the personnel sleep on duty. How can a police officer with a riffle sleep on duty? ‘’Some of them are physically and spiritually weak. Government should also provide more safety gears. I will encourage this administration to provide them with all the needed logistics. I will also encourage the government to allow the police working at the MTTD to wear bullet proof gears’’ he said.
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Two fugitives and three other accomplices have been arrested by the police in connection to the raid carried out at the Kwabenya police command which led to the killing of a Chief Inspector on Sunday.  Addressing the media on Thursday, the IGP said the two were arrested at Wurawura in the Volta Region. The IGP said the three accomplices who aided the escape of the fugitives, including a 28-year-old woman, have also been arrested. He added: “We have since arrested two of the fugitives on Tuesday 23rd January at Wuwura in the Volta Region. They are Atta Kwadwo and Prince Osei. Also, two accomplices who aided the escape of the fugitives were arrested in Accra on Monday 22ndJanuary 2018 and yesterday 24th January 2018.’’ According to him, the accomplices who were detained include a 28-year old woman named Nancy Bentah alias Awura Ama. The other is George Yeboah Ackah aka Kwesi Shower. ‘’One more person Kofi Acheampong alias Nana Owuo age 32 was also arrested at Afienya,” he said. Nana Owuo he noted is believed to be the spiritual father of the suspect and a source of weapons supply to the criminals.” Items such as a coffin and skeletons were found at the place of Nana Owuo’s arrest, the IGP revealed.
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The Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) has ordered the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to pay compensation to affected prepayment customers in Achimota, Korle-Bu, Dansoman and Kaneshie who were unable to purchase electricity units from December 3-12, 2017. The statement signed by the Executive Secretary Mami Efia Dufie said “The Commission undertook preliminary investigations into the matter on December 2017 and further directed ECG to submit technical and operation information on the Prepayment System and its failure. ECG was also given an opportunity to answer questions and explain the circumstances of the incident to the Commission. “Having investigated the matter, reviewed data submitted by the ECG including correspondence, minutes, incident reports, BOT contract and system documentation, the Commission arrived at the conclusion that there was a violation on the part of the ECG.”
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Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul has lambasted the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) for giving the two Guantanamo Bay detainees refugee status on the blind side of Parliament and Ghanaians. The Yemeni nationals were sent to Ghana in January 2016 for an initial two-year period after spending more than a decade at the U.S.-operated Guantanamo Bay prison for suspected terrorism. Their stay expired on January 6, 2018 and some individuals including lawyer Kofi Bentil threatened a legal action should government fail to give an update on their stay. Appearing before Parliament on Wednesday, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway said the two have been granted refugee status and now cannot be deported even though the contractual period they must stay has elapsed. Reacting to the issue, the Defence Minister said it was extremely shocking for the previous government to grant the two, refugee status without the knowledge of the Supreme Court, Parliament and Ghanaians hence the need for them to apologise to citizens. He also wondered why the NDC have shifted the goal post on the matter because the two cannot be thrown out of the country. The Yeminis-Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby-were resettled in January 2016 following an agreement between the John Mahama government and the Barack Obama led-US administration. The two were detained at the Guantanamo Bay for 14 years after they were linked to terrorist group, Al-Qaeda and were released as part of US government’s plan to shut down the facility. "…unknowingly to the people of Ghana and even to the Supreme Court, the NDC government then had given them the refugee status. Until today nobody in Ghana including yourself knew that the NDC ha actually given these people refugee status and have shifted the goal post completely”, he revealed. “Mr. Speaker, that agreement that talks about moving them, even if today, the agreement was that we shold move them, the fact that they have moved them from ordinary suspects to refugees changes the equation. You cannot just throw them out. Today they’re not just ordinary Yemeni citizens, they’re not just terrorist suspects, today by the action of the NDC government they’re refugees. They hid it from Parliament, from the people of Ghana and even the incoming government…” He added
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Former President John Dramani Mahama has taken a swipe at President Nana Akufo-Addo for allegedly sponsoring some tabloids to publish false stories about him. The former president has been accused of employing the services of the Africanwatch magazine to publish negative stories about government’s free senior high school policy. According to a Daily Guide publication, Mr. Mahama  who is determined to return to the political turf, has allegedly paid handsomely to the Africanwatch magazine to publish a false story, aimed at painting a gloomy picture about the standard of education in the country. The Daily Guide in its publication said: ‘’ The magazine’s February 2018 edition – a copy of which has been sighted by DAILY GUIDE – has a big cover picture of the Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh aka Napo. The magazine, which has dedicated about 44 pages to lie about the standard of education in Ghana, has a bold banner headline, ‘Is FCUBE An Achievement?’ But a statement signed by aide to Mahama, Joyce Bawa Mogtari denied the claims and accused Nana Addo of sponsoring the paper to lie against him. ‘The statement said: ‘’President Akufo-Addo should heed that call instead of orchestrating attacks based on lies and pedestrian propaganda. ‘’This Office would also like to point out that it has noted a pattern of spreading ridiculous untruths and a general smear campaign by assigns of government intended to malign the former President to satisfy an obvious political motive. We condemn this approach and demand an immediate end to it. The media must also know that deliberately spreading such concocted falsehood and helping promote smear campaigns against the former President is worsening the dent and the characterisation of the Ghanaian media as unprofessional and partisan,,’’ the statement added. Below is the full statement: STATEMENT IN REACTION TO MALICIOUS PUBLICATIONS AGAINST H.E. THE FORMER PRESIDENT The Office of HE John Dramani Mahama has taken note of a false publication by two Government sponsored tabloids, Daily Guide and Statesman that the former President of the Republic of Ghana has contracted a magazine, the AfricaWatch to publish what it says are damaging reports about the Free SHS policy. The said false claim, which has been attributed to the Ministry of Education, has been reproduced by some online news portals, in yet another sponsored attempt by Government to use false and malicious publications to bring the name of the former President into disrepute. We wish to place on record that: 1. Neither President John Mahama nor his office has any interest in, or working relationship with the AfricaWatch Magazine. 2. We have not seen or been offered an advance copy of the said publication to know what they have even written about the government’s Free SHS Policy. 3. The claims by the two government-sponsored tabloids and the alleged Ministry of Education statement are nothing but part of the usual set of lies conveniently being told to sway the attention and interest of the Ghanaian people from the dangerous developments of corruption, insecurity, hardships and poor governance by President Nana Akufo-Addo. 4. President Mahama holds the enviable record as a Ghanaian leader who has done more to broaden the frontiers of SHS education than many before him. He began with the implementation of the Progressively Free SHS, implemented the Secondary Education Improvement Programme (SEIP), built Community Day Senior High Schools- the largest addition to our school stock since independence, expanded infrastructure in hundreds of existing Senior High Schools among other interventions. 5. Like most Ghanaians, Mr. Mahama is deeply concerned about the horrible conditions under which SHS students are living and studying, out of which deaths have been recorded. 6. The former President’s suggestion and advice to Government has been a call for a National Stakeholders Dialogue to chart a better and befitting way forward. 7. President Akufo-Addo should heed that call instead of orchestrating attacks based on lies and pedestrian propaganda. This Office would also like to point out that it has noted a pattern of spreading ridiculous untruths and a general smear campaign by assigns of government intended to malign the former President to satisfy an obvious political motive. We condemn this approach and demand an immediate end to it. The media must also know that deliberately spreading such concocted falsehood and helping promote smear campaigns against the former President is worsening the dent and the characterisation of the Ghanaian media as unprofessional and partisan. We encourage the Ghanaian public to continue to demand from the Akufo-Addo government, an improvement from the poor governance it is serving this country. SIGNED Joyce Bawah Mogtari  Special Aide Thursday, January 25, 2018
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The Alliance For Accountable Governance (AFAG) a pressure group associated with teh ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on President Akufo-Addo to ask the EC Chairperson Mrs. Charlotte Osei to step aside. According to AFAG, ‘’ the presence of Mrs. Charlotte Osei intimidates witnesses who are still workers of the Commission Her continued stay undermines the credibility of the Electoral Commission. Her presence undermines the principle of fair trial. With her still at post, she stampede the availability of witnesses,’’ AFAG added as part of the resolutions. Below is the full statement PRESIDENT WE ARE DISAPPOINTED: EC COMMISSIONERS MUST STEP ASIDE Alliance For Accountable Governance is puzzled as to why President AkufoAddo has failed to ask the EC boss Mrs. Charlotte Osei to step aside from the Commission when the Chief Justice has established a prima facie case in the allegations against her. It is on record that a number of grave allegations have been hovering over and around the office of Madam Charlotte Osei to the extent that workers of the Electoral Commission braved the fear of victimization they are likely to suffer at work to petition the office of the President for her removal from office. Furthermore, the aggrieved staff of the Electoral Commission called for the removal of Commissioner while leveling numerous allegations against her including the decision to side-step due procurement procedure and single handedly awarding contracts, compromising the independence and neutrality of the commission, engaging in cronyism, and approving contracts that are valued and above the approved threshold by the Public Procurement Authority and the misappropriation of the EC’s Endowment fund of employees. As a precedent, in January of 2015, Madam Lauretta Lamptey, the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) was suspended by President John Mahama following the establishment of a prima facie case against her by the Chief Justice, Madam Georgina Wood for professional misconduct. This is as a result of a GHc180, 000.00 she spent to renovate her official residence. Similarly, nearly seven months ago, in another direct instance, Mrs. Charlotte Osei suspended Mrs. Georgina Amankwa when an allegation case was made against her for siphoningGHc480, 177.87!the case Dr Richard Anane is another example. AFAG had long expected the President to act and spare the Electoral Commission from further damage in credibility. AFAG, no doubt, sees these allegations as more serious in nature than that of Madam LaurettaLampteywhen then President Mahama decisively asked her to proceed on leave, yet Madam Charlotte Osei is still at post exercising the full powers of her office and jeopardizing any evidence, which might be used against her. We strongly hold the position that the outcome of whatever investigation that would be conducted could be compromised if she continues to remain in office. OUR RESOLUTION 1. The presence of Mrs. Charlotte Osei intimidates witnesses who are still workers of the Commission 2. Her continued stay undermines the credibility of the Electoral Commission 3. Her presence undermines the principle of fair trial. 4. With her still at post, she stampede the availability of witnesses 5. Finally Mrs. Charlotte Osei having leveled allegations of malfeasance against her two deputies, AFAG further recommends all three commissioners should be asked to step aside till cleared. Mr. President, AFAG urges you to take the honorable Executive step by asking Madam Charlotte Oseiand her deputy commissioners to step-aside for fair and equitable investigations to be carried out. We need to remind you that The EC is such an important institution in maintaining peace and stability in this country and it is only appropriate that we the citizens do not have clouds in our minds about the nonalignment and impartiality of our Electoral Commission.
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The Reproductive Cancer Awareness Team Ghana (ReProCan Ambassadors Gh), an NGO that support and create awareness about cancers has underscored the need for the discussions on cancer to be intensified. According to the organization, although cancer kills people, the education and awareness about it lacks hence the need for us to intensify the awareness. When people are empowered and well informed, they will seek early medical attention and the number of deaths would be reduced drastically, the organization said. A team from the organization on Thursday spoke to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio and stressed the need for us to be concerned. The health professionals, Obed Asare Bediako-Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Freda Agyemang Sarpong, Deputy Director of Operations and Chodor Belinda works with the organization to support and raise awareness about various forms of cancers. Obed Asare Bediako made reference to the World Cancer Day set aside globally on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. Freda Sarpong said most of the cancers are caused by risk factors. She said the reason why people die from these conditions, is due to lack of education. Chodor Belinda also spoke about some lifestyle or habits that contributes to some of the cancers including poor eating habits, lack of exercise, multiple sexual partners, excessive alcohol intake and smoking. The organization will organize a float on February 3, 2018 and a massive screening exercise in commemoration of the World Cancer Day on February 4, 2018. Reproductive Cancer Awareness Team Ghana(ReProCan Ambassadors Gh) is an NGO that support and create awareness on cancers that affect the reproductive(SEX organs eg Prostate Cancer, Cervical cancer, Breast Cancers, Ovarian Cancer. The vision of the organization is to implement sustainable preventive measures against reproductive cancers which should be easily understood and accessible now and for the future generation. The main goal is to reduce the high prevalence rate of reproductive cancers among men, women, children and the youth across the country and beyond.
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Gov't may review status of GITMO 2-NPP MP

The   Eastern regional Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Daffour, says government may review the status of the two Guantanamo Bay detainees. The member of the Foreign Affairs Committee described as hypocritical the stance taken by the opposition NDC over the matter after the Foreign Affairs Minister told Parliament that, the two have been granted refugee status. He also slammed former President Mahama for failing to come to parliament for ratification before resettling them. According to him, the basis upon which they were resettled into the country was unfortunate considering their connection to terrorism. The legislator said the Minister is expected to present to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, all the available facts surrounding the Gitmo two so we will make recommendations and present to government through the Speaker. Foreign Affairs Minister appearing before Parliament on Wednesday told Parliament the two have been granted refugee status and it will be difficult to send them to another country when they have not flouted the laws of Ghana. The Yeminis-Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby-were resettled in January 2016 following an agreement between the John Mahama government and the Barack Obama led-US administration. The two were detained at the Guantanamo Bay for 14 years after they were linked to terrorist group, Al-Qaeda and were released as part of US government’s plan to shut down the facility. Their stay expired on January 6, 2018 but addressing Parliament on Wednesday, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway said the two were granted the refugee status without its knowledge.
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The Births and Deaths Registry has said it does not allow certain prefix and suffixes deemed as titles to be registered as part of names on birth certificates. In an interview, Mr John Agbeko, Registrar at the Births and Deaths outfit, explained that local names like “Nana, Nii and Togbe” are most used as stool names and title for leaders in the traditional setup. According to him, parents choose these names (titles) to honour relatives who have played vital roles in their lives and do not want their names to be missing from their family. Mr Agbeko suggested that such titles that the registry does not accept as part of names should only be used in the house and the community and not add them to name for birth registration. He said “if we allow ourselves as a nation to give names the way we want because it is us who have got the child and we will want to name the child the way we want, there will come a time that we will have wonderful names in Ghana. So it is just a control measure to make sure that there are moderating factor on us citizens to direct how our naming should go.” The Registrar pointed out that it is not the case that his outfit is against only the local names (title) because it does not accept the English ones either as that is how their system operates. “Nobody is against a local name. The only difference is that I have a baby and I want to name this baby by giving a name like for example where I come from, you have Dzibgordi, which is Patience and also using Mabel and you want to make Dzibgordi the first name, by our operations we tell you this cannot occupy the first name but Dzibgordi can be in the middle name to have Mabel Dzibgordi Abgeko,”he explained. He further explained that “if you still want the Dzibgordi, then you can leave Mabel and we will use Dzibgordi for you as your first name but because we are English-speaking people, if you take Mabel and Dzibgordi together I do not know how it will look on paper if we do Dzibgordi Mabel Abgeko.” But the registrar said they are not imposing names on people but just upholding measure and suggested that as a nation if Ghanaians prefer these names they can declassify and rectify them to be used. “We can have names like Togbe without linking it to titles or stools. That is fine but it will degrade reverence that goes with a title name. Children who are not even one will have title name. It will not change anything from anybody or individual. It will take a lot from the society together as a collective as we start calling babies with titles names,” he said. In an interview, some parents whose children were affected by the measure of the Registry told the Daily Heritage that they did not name their children after anybody but the registry simply rejected names like Nana, Nii, Naa, Nyhira, Dromo, Dzormo, and Junior from names they presented without explaining anything to them. Mr Kojo Antoh, a parent said “the registry did not register my son’s name as Nyhiraba because according to them, it is not recognised and that it is just a prefix. When we are being advised to accept local names and use them, the registry is rather preventing us from using them.” Madam Rose Mensah also told the paper that the change of name has affected her document because right from childhood she was using ‘Naa’ as part of her name but when she went in for her birth certificate ‘Naa’ has been taken off and was told to use only the name accepted by the registry. ‘Blacklists on the use of indigenous names‘ The Births and Deaths Registry of Ghana encouraged people to use indigenous names, but is still adamant on the use of those which it says are just titles. There have been a lot of complaints from people who say that whenever they try to add traditional titles like Nana, Torgbui, Nii, Maame, etc. to the names of their children, the Registry said that it was not permissible by law. Adults who were using those names had to swear affidavits at the Commissioner of Oaths to have them changed. Source: Daily Heritage
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