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Ablakwa Condemns Prez Akufo-Addo’s “Defensive” And “Insensitive” Posture   



The Member of Parliament (MP) for the North Tongu Constituency, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has condemned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s “defensive” and “insensitive” posture with which he responded to allegations of corrupt practices against his appointees.

Mr Akufo-Addo had said that he is not a ‘corruption clearing agent’ as he has been tagged by his opponents. 

Addressing lawyers at the 2019 Conference of the Ghana Bar Association in Takoradi, Western Region on Monday, 9 September 2019, Mr Akufo-Addo stated that: “It cannot be the case that people are condemned on the basis of mere allegations. That is the law of the jungle.”

Acknowledging the “orchestrated attempts by my opponents to hang the tag of corruption on the necks of my government and myself, despite all the manifest efforts being made to deal with the phenomenon of corruption”, the President had a simple answer for them.

“It will not work. I did not come into public life to enrich myself,” he stressed.

In a statement on Facebook, Mr Ablakwa expressed worry about the President’s approach to the corruption fight.

In his opinion, Mr Akufo-Addo’s “needlessly defensive, deflective and insensitive posture will only embolden corrupt appointees to be even more brazen about their looting. The other effect will be to entrench the President’s rather inglorious reputation as the Master Clearing Agent”.

The MP noted that: “Instead of the unfortunate me versus my imaginary opponents, the President could have rallied the entire nation including members of all political parties, independents, friends of Ghana that must amongst others certainly comprise the diplomatic corps to join forces in fighting endemic corruption – which should be seen as the only real enemy at this material moment”.

He, subsequently called for the president to take action on dealing with corruption beginning from the circles of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government and put an end to the rhetoric.

Read his full statement below:

Respectfully, this is not the attitude President Akufo-Addo should have adopted today at the GBA Conference.

All those speaking out against the corruption epidemic that has engulfed the President’s administration from civil society, academics, journalists, religious leaders, youth activists, well-meaning Ghanaians and diplomats who rarely publicly stir the hornet’s nest cannot all be President Akufo-Addo’s opponents by any stretch of imagination.

This needlessly defensive, deflective and insensitive posture will only embolden corrupt appointees to be even more brazen about their looting. The other effect will be to entrench the President’s rather inglorious reputation as the Master Clearing Agent.

Today was a day for the President to exhibit sober, contrite, exemplary leadership by taking responsibility and convincing Ghanaians of new far reaching policy choices aimed at purging his government and ruthlessly rooting out the canker.

Instead of the unfortunate me versus my imaginary opponents, the President could have rallied the entire nation including members of all political parties, independents, friends of Ghana that must amongst others certainly comprise the diplomatic corps to join forces in fighting endemic corruption – which should be seen as the only real enemy at this material moment.

The fact is, we in the opposition constantly marvel at the credit the President gives us. It appears when it comes to making excuses for his failures, the President’s tag of incompetence on the opposition no longer applies.

From Ken Bond, BOST/Movinpina/Zup Oil, GEPA, Special Development Initiatives Budget, Ameri Novation, NYA, PPA, PDS, Ministry of Works and Housing, just to mention but a few – these were all hatched within the very innermost circles. Indeed, not even NPP members of ordinary rank were allowed near the plot, let alone so-called opponents of President Akufo-Addo.

Did I also hear the President say it is investigative bodies that clear his appointees based on the facts adduced before such entities? We vividly recall how the President has undermined a number of probes even before they would conclude their work. Examples of the President’s infamous misconduct include his prejudicial statements clearing his Ministers appearing before a bi-partisan Parliamentary enquiry in the Cash for Seat scandal. No wonder since his intervention, his majority members in Parliament issued a majority report to align with the President’s prejudicial intervention contrary to the facts unearthed. We also recall the President doing same on the Oslo Chancery affair even before Parliament would conclude its deliberations.

We have also not forgotten how the Office of the Special Prosecutor was undermined in the Charles Bissue galamsey case where efforts by the Special Prosecutor to get Ministers and the Presidency to back off and allow for only the Special Prosecutor to investigate proved futile with an eventual report of exoneration from the CID much to the chagrin of Anas Aremeyaw Anas and a disappointed nation.

I could go on and on with a litany of Executive interference and undermine. It is therefore disingenuous on the part of the President to play Pontius Pilate before the learned fraternity.

Never have the words of Socrates held so true: “Man, know thyself.” President Akufo-Addo must step out of his denial mode. He must stop this wild goose chase for opponents he believes are to blame.

Mr President, charity must surely begin at home – please start with an introspection and with an honest look within your own administration, where even the scandal producing factories which have replaced 1D1F are begging to be given time off in order that they can catch some rest.

And finally, Mr President; after pledging to Ghanaians you will protect the public purse only to deliver a Plundering Destructive Syndrome (PDS) – can the loquacious hollow rhetoric now give way to concrete action?

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S/R: Criminals Terrorising Passengers On The Sawla to Tuna Road Arrested- ACP Dormanbah



The Deputy Police Commander of the Savannah Region ACP Charles Dormanbah has assured the people of the Savannah Region that armed robbery especially in the Sawla area of the Savannah region will soon become a thing of the past.

Speaking at a press briefing at the Damongo Divisional Police Headquarters yesterday 19th September, 2019, ACP Dormabah said the two suspected highway robbers arrested by the Police Patrol team on the Sawla to Tuna road are the criminals terrorising motorists and passengers on that stretch.

According to him, on 18th September, 2019 at about 4.00 pm, the police patrol team stationed at Sawla arrested and brought in suspects Mustapha Mumuni age 22 years and Ali Bukari age 20 years together with a black Apsonic Auroba motor bike with registration number M-19-UW-5099 with a report  that whilst on patrols on Sawla  to Tuna road where robbers have been attacking motorists plying the route, they spotted the two suspects at a spot where some motorist were robbed earlier Monday 16th September, 2019.

ACP Charles Dormanbah said a search conducted on them revealed some amount of  money in their pockets, Five mobile phones made up of four TeKno and an  Infinix  where found on them with  description of the suspects given by the various victims  of highway robbery attacks.

ACP Dormanbah also said a search conducted by the police in the rooms of the suspects in Tuna and Jindabour revealed a Jack knife, a dagger, a go to hell metal, two pairs of motorbike mirrors, two mobile phones and two covers, an ear piece and a metal whip in the room of Ali Bukari in Tuna but nothing was found in the house of suspect  Mustapha Mumuni.

ACP Dormanbah said the police counted the money retrieved from the suspects and it amounted to GHC 939.00 with the picture of  Abass Gumah, a driver from Bole on the infinix phone found on the suspects.

Abass had meanwhile earlier reported on the 13th September 2019  of being  robbed of the sum of GHC10,251, an Infinix  phone and a phone of his mate. The suspects will be arranged before the Bole Magistrate Court next week.

ACP Charles Dormanbah praised the Police team for the good work they are doing and urged them not to relent in their efforts towards ending crime in the region.

Source: Zion Abdul- Rauf

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Tamale: Man Remanded For Attempted Murder



The main suspect in the murder of the policewoman, Agatha Nana Nabin, Issahaku Yakubu has been remanded into prison custody by the Tamale Magistrate Court for allegedly attempting to kill one Tominu Yussif.

He made the murder attempt in Tamale in May 2018.

The Tamale Magistrate court presided over by Amadu Seidu, declined a bail request by the suspect’s lawyer, Abdul Rauf.

According to the judge, only the Attorney General’s advise will determine if the suspect should be granted bail or not.

The case has been adjourned to 3rd October, 2019.

Issahaku Yakubu aka Kanbo-Naa is before the Tamale Magistrate Court for allegedly shooting and injuring the victim over GH¢2,000 at a popular spot called James Town Drinking Spot, which is located at Assemblyman Park at Water Works in Tamale.

It will be recalled that the Northern Regional Crime Officer, Sup. Otuo Acheampong, addressing the media, said the victim came to the police when he heard about the arrest of the suspect.

According to him, the suspect is facing two separate trials and is expected to be charged with attempted murder and the use of offensive weapon without authority in the 2018 case.

Story By: Eric Kombat|Daily Guide Network

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CID boss must be arrested immediately over Takoradi girls’ case -Ndebugri



John Ndabugri

A lawyer and former legislator, John Ndebugri, is demanding the immediate arrest of the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah.

According to him, Tiwaa became an accomplice in the kidnapped Takoradi girls’ case after she claimed that the police knew the whereabouts of the girls.

DCOP Tiwaa Addo-Danquah on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 told Ghanaians that her outfit knew the location of the Takoradi kidnapped girls.

After receiving a lot of backlash for the remark, she subsequently said her comment was to give assurance to the families.

But speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Tuesday, Ndebugri insisted that any serious State would have caused the arrest of the CID boss a long time ago.

“She said that they knew where they [kidnapped girls] were, she must be an accomplice in this matter. This is the situation where a person like that should be arrested immediately. These girls were abducted at different times from different places and the body parts that were found were found at a common place. At a certain point, she said she knew where the girls were. How is it that they knew where the girls were and later on they mysteriously went to some septic tank and found remains of the people there. We must be serious in this country.”

The lawyer argued that the kidnapped girls’ case cannot be dealt with professionally if the CID boss is not made to face the law.

“I am saying that she must be arrested and cross-examined in court. The charge of the State is to arrest her. She is a good candidate for arrest otherwise this case cannot come to a rest. She is an accessory to the crime. I am saying so because of all the evidence available and I am saying so, very forcefully. We cannot let people come to power and commit crimes against the same people who gave them the power,” Ndebugri stated.

Police confirm death of kidnapped girls

The Ghana Police service on Monday revealed that the DNA test carried out on the human parts found in the vicinity of the suspected kidnapper’s home tested positive to the DNA of the four missing girls.

The confirmation was made by the acting Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh.

“Officers of the Ghana Police service informed four families in Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana that DNA test conducted on some human remains discovered into the course of police investigations into the disappearance the four missing girls have turned positive, as the remains of the girls. The Ghana Police service has with regret informed the families that the DNA test confirmed the remains to be that of Ruth Abakah, Priscilla Kuranchie, Ruth Love Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum.”

“Investigations now establish that the girls were victims of a serial kidnapping and murdering syndicate that operated in the Takoradi area.” The acting IGP said.

Families demand resignation of CID boss, others over DNA results

The families of the Takoradi kidnapped girls subsequently called for the resignation of some top-ranking officials of Ghana’s security apparatus after the missing girls were confirmed dead on Monday evening.

The families demanded the resignation of the CID boss, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, and the National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah.

According to the spokesperson for the families, Mr. Micheal  Grant Hayford, they are suspecting a foul play on the part of the Police following the release of the results confirming the DNA of the 4 kidnapped girls.


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Police Confirm Deaths Of Missing Takoradi Girls



The four missing Takoradi Girls have been confirmed dead by the Ghana Police Service.

The Police Service confirmed that deaths at a press conference on Monday, September 16, 2019.

The Ag. Inspector of General of Police, Samuel Oppong Boanuh, who addressed the media, disclosed that the results of the DNA test on remains retrieved in Takoradi have been relayed to the families along with condolences.

The girls Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21, Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, 18; Ruth Love Quayson 18, and Ruth Abeka were kidnapped over a year ago by some suspected Nigerian kidnappers.

The main suspect is a 28-year old Nigerian named Samuel Udoetuk Wills.

He was arrested in the Western region, while another suspect, John Orji was arrested at the Aflao border.
The third, only known as Chika was arrested in Nigeria.

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