Mion DCE nominee confirmed

Sang (N/R), Mr Mohammed Hashmin, a 43 year-old Banker and Microfinance Specialist, has been confirmed by the assembly members of the Mion District Assembly in the Northern Region as the new Chief Executive for the area.

Mr Hashmin, who was the New Patriotic Party’s 2016 Parliamentary Candidate for Mion Constituency, received 100 per cent of the votes of all 29 Assembly Members, who cast their votes on Wednesday at Sang, the District capital.

Mr Salifu Saeed, Northern Regional Minister, who witnessed the confirmation vote, swore in Mr Hashmin to begin his tenure.

Source: Ghana News Agency

“The Italian FA’s verdict on Muntari’s racism probe is disrespectful to Africans” – Augustine Ahinful

Accra, Former Black Stars player Mr. Augustine Arhinful, has described the Italian Football Federation (IFF), decision to ban Sulley Muntari as disrespectful to the people of Africa.

Muntari, walked off the pitched after, he was racially abused by supporters when his side, Pescara locked horns with Cagliari on Sunday afternoon.

The Disciplinary Committee of the Italian FF, has punished Muntari, with one match suspension for walking off the pitch.

According to the Committee, the reports of the referee said that, the racist chants were coming from only ten people, which is less than one percent of the people at the stadium and they do not represent the entire supporters of Cagliari.

In an interview with the GNA Sports, Mr. Arhinful, said that it is inappropriate for the IFF, to say that only ten people were chanting therefore they should not be punished.

Their decision is highly disrespectful to Africans, even if only one person racially abuses somebody, he deserves to be punished to serve as a deterrent to others.

Are they saying that the entire supporters should chant and whistle before they are punished?

The chants never stopped and that was why Muntari got annoyed.

This always happen in Italy and is about time they did something to stop it, it is getting better in Germany and England.

Muntari was right to have complained to the referee, it was the job of the referee to stop the game and inform the stadium announcer who would then warn the supporters. The referee didn’t take any action but to punish Muntari who is the Victim.

Africans must stand together to fight racism, with issues like this it is the duty of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to write to UEFA or the Italian FF for them to take the necessary precaution. We must stand together always, they must respect us.

I don’t know when racism would stop maybe in the next world, I played a match in Italy and I was racially abused in the entire 90 minutes, it was worse when I joined Grasshopper Zurich, racism is not healthy for football and it has to stop. Mr. Arhinful said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Multi-purpose court project stalls

Kumasi, Work on a multi-purpose court project started at the Heroes Park in Kumasi by the National Sports Authority (NSA) has stalled because of the difficulty with funding.

The sporting facility, the first of its kind in the country, could be used for basketball, volleyball, netball, handball, table and long tennis competitions, when ready.

The project is now about 75 per cent complete, and the NSA has made an urgent appeal for support by corporate bodies and organizations.

Mr. Richard Iddrisu, the Ashanti Regional Sports Director, told the GNA Sports after an inspection of the facility that, about GH25, 000.00 would be needed to finish it.

He indicated that it was a major strategic project to unearth talents in the lesser-known sporting disciplines.

He added that this tied in with the overall vision of the NSA to adopt a more comprehensive approach to sports development.

Separately, the NSA has formally informed the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, of the decision to name its hockey pitch at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium after him.

Mr. Iddrisu confirmed this to the GNA Sports and said the move could help to whip up enthusiasm in hockey.

He said he had no doubt that the association of the Asantehene with the sport could promote and generate strong interest just as had been done for golf.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Enchi police arrest gold robbers

Enchi, The Enchi Divisional Command of the Ghana Police Service has arrested four suspected armed robbers for allegedly robbing a gold dealer of gold and cash.

They are Abudu Bashiru, a galamsey operator, aged 34, Essuman Emmanuel, a 25-year old gold buyer, Kofi Combart, 35, and Sulley Bawah, 32 years.

ASP Olivia Adiku, the Western Regional Police Public Relations officer, told the GNA that on Tuesday at about 11:00 hours the complainants, Dennis Hillary and John Hoyeah, both 27 years and gold buyers of Tarkwa, who reside at Abokyia near Enchi reported to the police that they had hired Bashiru, a galamsey operator and an Okada rider to send them on his Haojin motorbike with registration No. M-5434-16, to go and buy Gold.

According to her, Emmanuel, a Gold buyer who was also a friend to the complainants however conspired with Bashiru, Combart and Bawah to rob the complainants of their cash of G4,660.00 and Gold valued at G,025.00.

ASP Adiku said upon the complaint, the Police managed to arrest Emmanuel and Bashiru on Wednesday dawn at Enchi whilst Combart who hails from Garu Timpani and Bawah, were arrested at separate locations at Bawah Farms Cottage near Kwahu.

She said the Police were able to retrieve two pump action guns, 33 pieces of Live AA and BB cartridges, one double barrelled locally made Pistol and one SB Baikal Shot Gun, Gold valued at G,025.00 as well as a cash of G4,660.00.

According to the PRO, all the four suspected armed robbers were currently in Police custody at Enchi pending thorough investigations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Security Man remanded on robbery charge

Accra, An Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday remanded one Andrews Nii Noi Nortey, a Security Man, for robbing one Rebecca Mensah of her hand bag containing GH 2,200.00 and an Alcatel mobile phone, worth GH 300.00.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge, and was remanded by the court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, to reappear on May 15.

The facts of the case as presented by Police Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu was that, the complainant Rebecca Mensah is a trader staying at Mamprobi whist the accused Nii Nortey is a private security man at Ofankor.

He said on April 29 at about 0100 hours, the complainant was walking through Mamprobi Police Barracks to Padis Pub, Mamprobi, when the accused came closed to her, pulled a knife and threatened to stab her with it.

Inspector Adu said the accused then forcibly collected her handbag containing the above mentioned items and took to his heels.

The prosecution said the complainant raised an alarm and people around including Policemen chased the accused and arrested him.

Police Chief Inspector Adu said at the Charge Office when the accused was searched an amount of GH 530.00 was found on him which he said he took from the complainants bag.

He again said that some of the money fell whilst fleeing the scene, and that he threw the complainants bag and the knife he used to threatened her away.

He told the court that Andrews admitted the offence in his caution statement.

Source: Ghana News Agency