The MP who was beaten by some thugs operating under the disguise of the National Security described the ministers of state as liars in high places who have no conscience and integrity. I later got information that an officer of National security had said that they were national security operatives,” he added. Mr Kan-Dapaah, however, noted the notion that political parties owned vigilante groups was false and that no party in the country owned any such groups; adding that, vigilante groups were rather owned by members of political parties. He recounted that he granted three interviews to three media houses and that in all his remarks, he used the words “we deployed….”; referring to the National Security. At this point, the Commission’s Council asked that the tape of the interview Bryan Acheampong granted on an Accra based Citi FM be played for the records.
February 15, 2019 06:56 UTC
Taking his turn before the Emile Short Commission, Mr Bryan Acheampong stated that at no point did he personally take responsibility for their deployment because the truth is that he didn’t order them. According to him, the security operatives were deployed by the office of national security and he was not even available at the time to have ordered the deployment. In the aftermath of the Ayawaso by-election violence, Mr Bryan Acheampong had told our sister media outlet Citi that “It is not like they came from somewhere and they were just engaged. There were also concerns raised over the inability to identify some of the men whose faces were covered with masks. I never said I, and that is something that I am battling with … I have never said anywhere in the three interviews that I granted… I, at all times, mentioned the Ministry of National Security or the national security or we, I never said I have deployed men,” Mr Acheampong told the Commission.
February 15, 2019 06:56 UTC
General News of Friday, 15 February 2019Source: 3news.comSalaga chief apologises to Akufo-Addo over youth actionThe youth burnt the Constituency’s office of the New Patriotic PartyThe Paramount Chief of Salaga, Kpembewura Bangbage IV, has rendered an unqualified apology to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Yagbonwura and the entire Gonjaland for the action displayed by some youth in the Salaga South Constituency last Tuesday. The youth burnt the Constituency’s office of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and some billboards of the president after the selection of Damongo as the capital of the newly created Savannah Region. Seven of the youth have since been arrested and sent to Accra for prosecution. In a statement on Thursday, the Kpembewura – in a twist of events – lauded President Nana Akufo-Addo for the creation of the Savannah Region. “We wish to appeal to the security agencies to carry out thorough investigations and bring the perpetrators to book.”
February 15, 2019 05:48 UTC
General News of Friday, 15 February 2019Source: www.ghanaweb.comShow respect, create space for parties who support you - Kwesi Pratt Jnr to NDCplay videoKwesi Pratt Jnr, Managing Editor of the Insight NewspaperManaging Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has charged the largest opposition party National Democratic Congress (NDC) to show respect by creating space for the ‘smaller’ parties in opposition who support them in what he termed as brought front organisation. He explained that building an individual political party is different from building a brought front organisation. The demonstration was dubbed ‘Aagbe Wo Demonstration’ or ‘You are killing us demonstration’. In a press statement, Bernard Monah, the convener of the demonstration said the opposition parties hope to draw public attention to the “looming threat on Ghana’s democracy, peace and stability." The parties were, however, demanding that a proper and speedy investigation into events of the Ayawaso by-election.
February 15, 2019 05:37 UTC
General News of Friday, 15 February 2019Source: GNAAsantehene inaugurates Committee of Inquiry into KNUST students’ disturbancesChancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Otumfuo Osei Tutu IIOtumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, and the Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has inaugurated a committee of inquiry to probe students’ disturbances that erupted on the University’s campus last year. The three-member Committee has Justice Rose Owusu, a former Justice of the Supreme Court, as the Chairperson. The Asantehene indicated that the Committee was expected to make recommendations necessary to help prevent such an occurrence in the future. Otumfuo Osei Tutu reminded stakeholders that it was the legislative concern of all universities to fulfill their mandate of nurturing leaders and not an undisciplined mob. Nana Effah Apenteng, the Chairman of the KNUST Governing Council, assured of members fullest support to the Committee.
February 15, 2019 03:11 UTC
General News of Friday, 15 February 2019Source: Myjoyonline.comPentecostal and Charismatic Council threatens nationwide demo over vigilante groupsPresident of GPCC, Rev Prof. Paul Frimpong-MansoThe Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has given political parties a three-month ultimatum to disband all vigilante groups else it will embark on a nationwide protest. “Speaking at the 2019 Conference of the Council, its President, Rev Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso, said political parties have failed the country with the continuous use of vigilante groups to foment trouble,” state-owned broadcaster, GBC reported, Thursday. The Council wants Ghanaians to reject any political party that fails to ban vigilante groups. This is not the first time the Council has condemned vigilante groups in the country. The GPCC is a faith-based organisation and the umbrella body of over 200 Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian church denominations and para-church organisations in Ghana.
February 15, 2019 03:00 UTC
Business News of Friday, 15 February 2019Source: ghananewsagency.orgGN Bank customers demand swift payment of depositsThe customers have given the bank two weeks to pay them appreciable amounts of their depositsOver 700 aggrieved Customers of GN Bank and Gold Coast Securities Company in Upper West Region have given the defunct Bank two weeks ultimatum to pay them appreciable amounts of their deposits. He also suggested if the bank could not make liquid cash available to customers for withdrawal, or the officials should give customers bank drafts for payment into other bank accounts for easy accessibility for their monies. The Bank of Ghana downgraded GN Bank to a savings and loans company in January 2019 due to liquidity challenges. “GN Bank (GN) was unable to comply with the Minimum Capital Directive by 31st December 2018. Consequently, GN Bank has applied for, and the Bank of Ghana has approved the grant of a savings and loans company license.
February 15, 2019 02:15 UTC
She pleaded guilty to the charge of causing harm to her stepson when the charge was read to her. The Abura Dunkwa District court presided over by Justice Anthony Abebrese on Thursday considered the plea of guilty by Efua Baduwa who is also pregnant. He, however, pleaded guilty to the charge of abetment but with an explanation. He told the court he intervened only to save the boy ’s rotten hand looking at the extent at which it was. Isaac Eduful was subsequently fined a 50 penalty unit, equivalent to GHc600, in default, he will serve a 12-month jail term.
February 15, 2019 02:15 UTC
General News of Friday, 15 February 2019Source: www.ghanaweb.comVigilantism is an abuse of power – Kwesi Prattplay videoKwesi Pratt, Veteran journalist and Managing Editor of the Insight NewspaperVeteran journalist and Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has condemned the use of vigilantes by political parties describing the act as an official misconduct by party leaders. Speaking at the ‘Aagbe Wo’ public forum, Kwesi Pratt said the country is moving at a dangerous alarming speed with the evolution of vigilantism and if care is not taken democracy will be destroyed. Political vigilantism has become more or less a permanent feature in the Ghanaian politics, especially, in the last decade in the quest for political power. These vigilante groups collaborate with the police to provide security during party events such as Congress, press conference and demonstrations. Expressing concern, he said, “At this our level of vigilance, I’m afraid, I’m sad, I’m worried.”Citing the Rwanda genocide and chaos in Haiti, where millions of people lost their lives, Kwesi Pratt predicted a similar case in Ghana if politicians do not eradicate this menace.
February 15, 2019 01:18 UTC
General News of Friday, 15 February 2019Source: dailyheritage.com.ghChief Justice 'weeps' for exit of retiring Akoto-Bamfo from Supreme CourtChief Justice Mrs Sophia AkuffoTHE CHIEF Justice, Mrs Sophia Abena Akuffo, broke down in tears after paying a glowing tribute to her friend and sister at the bench, Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo, during a valedictory (farewell) ceremony to mark Justice Akoto-Bamfo’s retirement from the bench. Her Ladyship Vida Akoto-Bamfo, so today we celebrate you as you go on retirement. ‘Be inspired’“As we celebrate Justice Akoto-Bamfo, all of us must be inspired by her hard work and quality standards. She referred to Psalm 92:12-14 admonishing the retiring justice that she should lead a life of integrity and righteousness to the glory of God so that even in her old age, she will continue to impact other lives and enjoy the blessings of the Lord. The president of the Ghana Bar Association, Mr Tony Forson, and the Deputy Attorney General, Mr Joseph Kpemka, on behalf of the Attorney General, took separates turns to acknowledged the effort of the retiring Supreme Court Judge.
February 15, 2019 01:18 UTC
General News of Friday, 15 February 2019Source: Myjoyonline.comOsafo-Maafo blasts Mahama for ‘painting Ghana black’ to diplomatsplay videoFormer President John MahamaSenior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, says it was wrong for former President John Mahama to show photos and videos of the violence that rocked the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election to the diplomatic community. Reacting to Mr Mahama’s meeting with the diplomats and his subsequent showing of the violent pictures to them, Mr Osafo-Maafo said the former President stooped low. What does former President Mahama want to portray? When indeed there is nothing to paint black. Mr Osafo-Maafo is, however, convinced Ghanaians will not allow themselves to be led into violence.
February 15, 2019 01:07 UTC
General News of Thursday, 14 February 2019Source: www.ghanaweb.comMahama’s act unpatriotic, shameful – Osafo Maafoplay videoYaw Osafo Maafo, Senior MinisterSenior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo has condemned former President John Dramani Mahama for painting a gloomy picture of the country to some members of the diplomatic community in Ghana. The briefing traced the history of the NPP’s introduction of the vigilante groups, their training and the dangerous decision to arm the hoodlums and also clothe them as supposed national security operatives. Reacting to this, Yaw Osafo Maafo quizzed Mahama’s intentions and what he aims to achieve after showing them videos and images of the Ayawaso violence, stressing that investigations are currently underway to bring the perpetrators to book. What does former President Mahama want to portray? On 31st January, masked security men purportedly to be National Security operatives shot and injured seven supporters of the NDC during the by-election.
February 14, 2019 21:56 UTC
General News of Friday, 15 February 2019Source: dailyguideafrica.comBlood-stained nightie was found in J.B. Danquah’s room – Ken AgyapongThe late J.B. Dankwah Adu was murdered in his residence in February 2016Member OF Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong has alleged that a bloodstained nightie belonging to a lady was found at the scene where late MP Joseph Boakye Danquah was killed three years ago. Mr. Agyapong claimed to have been invited to the crime scene by the Ghana Police Service (GPS). The MP was of the view that if the owner of the stained nightie can be found, then it would be easier to uncover who was behind the late J.B. Danquah’s murder. It is unclear what Mr. Agyapong is trying to arrive at, especially at a time he is part of seven other persons the wife of the late MP, Ivy Heward-Mills, has sued. But in spite of the lawsuit, Mr. Agyapong said he will continue to ‘dig’ into the circumstances leading to the murder of the late New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP at East Legon in Accra.
February 14, 2019 21:33 UTC
General News of Thursday, 14 February 2019Source: mynewsgh.comWe’re sorry for Salaga violence - Kpembewura begs Akufo-AddoPresident Akufo-AddoThe Paramount Chief of the Kpembe Traditional Area, Kpembewura Bangbage IV has unreservedly apologized to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Yagbonwura, the people of Gonjaland and Ghana as a whole for the unruly behaviour of the youth that characterized the announcement of Damongo as the Regional Capital of the newly created Savannah Region. In a statement signed and copied to MyNewsGh.com, he assured the President that they have accepted Damongo as the Regional Capital calling on the security agencies to carry on thorough investigations into the violence and bring the perpetrators to book. We wish to assure the President that we accept his decision to designate Damongo the seat of the King of Gonja the Yagbonwura as the Regional Capital of Savannah Region". The action occurred few hours after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced Damongo as the Regional Capital which is set to have angered them. Residents of the area MyNewsGh.com gathered, were looking forward to being given the Regional Capital and had lobbied only to be denied with the explanation Damongo was well positioned for it.
February 14, 2019 20:15 UTC
Sports News of Thursday, 14 February 2019Source: Footballmadeinghana.comU-20 AFCON: Ghana players stranded in Niger cry for helpGhana was knocked out of the competition last SaturdayStranded players and officials of Ghana’s U20 side in Niger have been crying for help after they were thrown out of their team hotel on Wednesday. FootballMadeInGhana.com reported the embarrassing situation of the Ghana team in Niger on Wednesday after the team was directed to leave the hotel for overstaying. Ghana was knocked out of the competition on Saturday and were expected to depart Niger on Monday per the regulations of CAF. But only eight players were able to depart Niger as of Monday with the rest waiting in earnest to leave on Tuesday. But their hopes were dashed as officials failed to get their flight ready to depart Niger to Ghana.
February 14, 2019 20:15 UTC