Publication of false News: Court fines Shatta Wale’s accomplices

Accra, Dec. 16, GNA – Three persons who aided Charles Nii Armah Mensah aka Shatta Wale, a Ghanaian dancehall artist, to publish on social media that the musician had been shot, have been fined by an Accra Circuit Court.

The trio, Kojo Owusu Koranteng, aka Nana Dope, Eric Venator aka Gangee and Iddrisu Yussif, who appeared before the Court on Friday pleaded guilty to the charges of aiding and abetting a crime.

The court presided over by Mrs Kizita Naa Kowah Quarshie convicted them on their own pleas and sentenced them to a fine of GHC960.00 each.

In default, each person would serve a two-week imprisonment.

Shatta Wale on June 29, 2022 was fined GHC2,0000 for publishing false news. This was after he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty.

Shatta Wale in default was to serve three months imprisonment.

Shatta Wale on October 18, 2021, published on social media that he was shot following a prophecy by an Accra-based prophet.

The three people were said to have aided the musician by publishing false news.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Trader jailed two years for issuing dud cheques

Accra, Dec. 16, GNA – An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced Bright Dapaah, a 43-year-old trader to two years imprisonment for issuing three dud cheques.

This was after the court presided over by Mrs Patricia Amponsah had found Dapaah guilty on the three counts of issuing false cheques at the end of the trial.

The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector John Gohoho, said the complainant Emma Aggrey is a trader at Okaishie market who lived at Spintex-Baastona, Accra.

Chief Inspector Gohoho said Dapaah also lived at Sapeiman, near Amasaman.

The prosecution said the complainant was an agent of IGNIS Industries Limited, producers of Rosa Tomatoes paste.

On July 2, 2020, Aggrey supplied 2,000 boxes of Rosa tin tomatoes valued at GHC132,000 to Dapaah.

After the receipt of the goods, Dapaah issued three post-dated Stanbic bank Cheques with a face value of GHC44,000 to cover the payment of the goods.

The prosecution said on July 6, 2022, Aggrey presented the first cheque to the bank, but it was dishonoured for lack of funds.

Sensing danger, Aggrey went to the Dapaah and collected 845 boxes of the goods that he supplied to him.

The prosecution said Dapaah later paid an amount of GHC22,400 to Aggrey, leaving an outstanding balance of GHC53,830.

It said on August 14, 2020, the Aggrey presented the second and third cheques to the Tudu branch of the Stanbic Bank and the Republic House branch of the Ghana Commercial bank respectively, but both cheques were dishonoured.

The prosecution said Aggrey made several efforts to retrieve the money, but to no avail.

Aggrey thus reported the matter to the Police for investigations.

The prosecution said Dapaah, in his statement, admitted to the offence and pleaded to be given some time to refund the money, but also failed to honour the undertaking.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Farmer who robbed woman, scared her kids, jailed 20 years

Bekwai (Ash), Dec.16, GNA – The Asante Bekwai Circuit Court has sentenced a farmer to 20 years imprisonment in hard labour for robbery.

Michael Nhyira Cobbina, 31, robbed Mrs Bernice Yeboah, a farmer, of her cell phone at knifepoint, as her children, aged five and ten 10, screamed for help.

Cobbina admitted the offence when he was put before the Court and was convicted on his own plea.

Detective Chief Inspector Eric Twum told the Court presided over by Mr Mark Tair-ima Diboro that both Cobbina and Mrs Yeboah were farmers and neighbours at Aduabin in the Ashanti Region.

He said at about 2130 Hours on Thursday, December 01, 2022, Mrs Yeboah, and her children who were asleep were awoken by a bang on her main door.

She then noticed a male adult in a face mask, armed with a knife, standing in front of her demanding money, and threatening to harm her if she did not give him what he wanted.

The prosecution said her two children woke up and on seeing the spectacle and hearing the threats started screaming for help.

But because they lived on their cocoa farm, 900 meters away from their neighbours in the Aduabin Township, no one heard their cries.

Detective Chief Inspector Twum said Mrs Yeboah who became helpless, gave up her Itel mobile phone on which was electronic cash of GHC2,000.00 to Cobbina.

Cobbina thereafter left with the phone, but luck eluded him when a witness in the case who bought the said phone for Mrs Yeboah, saw the convict’s wife using the same handset and quickly informed the complainant.

Chief Inspector Twum said Mrs Yeboah then reported the matter to the Feyiase Police Station on December 08, 2022.

Cobbina was subsequently arrested and the Itel mobile phone was retrieved from his wife. Cobbina’s wife had inserted her sim card in the phone, and the Police also found pictures of the convict and his wife in the device.

The prosecution said Cobbina had earlier told police he personally bought the phone from someone at Adum for his wife, but an investigation later revealed that he was the one who robbed Mrs Yeboah.

He led the police to his room where he handed over all exhibits, whereafter he was charged and put before court.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Driver on GHC10,000.00 bail for stabbing mate

Accra, Dec. 16, GNA – An Accra Circuit Court has granted a GHC10,000.00 bail to a driver who allegedly stabbed a bus conductor (mate) over GHC1,100.00.

Razak Fuseini, the driver accused Paintsil Kpanoba, the mate, of stealing his (Fuseini’s) money which led to a scuffle that resulted in Fuseini stabbing Kpanoba in the rib with a knife.

The Court, presided over by Mrs Susana Eduful instructed that only family members should stand surety for Fuseini.

She also asked Fuseini’s sureties to settle Kpanoba’s medical bills.

Fuseini, 27, denied the offence and will make his next appearance at the court on January 20, 2023.

Kpanoba on the other hand pleaded with the court to discontinue the case since Fuseini’s parents were taking care of him.

Police Chief Inspector Samuel Ahiabor said both Kpanoba and Fuseini lived at the Osu-Madina bus station near the Presbyterian Church at Osu in Accra.

He told the Court that at about 2040 Hours on December 1, 2022, one Enock Taylor arrested Fuseini and sent him to the Police Station where he reported that around 2000 hours on the same day, he came across Fuseini and Kpanoba fighting fiercely around the bus station.

He said during the fight, Fuseini brought out a knife from his car that was parked close by and stabbed Kpanoba in the right rib, causing him to bleed profusely.

Kpanoba was rushed to the Police hospital for treatment.

The prosecution said police proceeded to the hospital and saw Kpanoba lying on a stretcher receiving treatment.

He said investigations revealed that Fuseini met Kpanoba with one Duodu, in a car near the bus station.

The prosecution said Fuseini accused Kpanoba of stealing his GHC1,100.00, leading to an argument and the fight between the two.

Chief Inspector Ahiabor said Fuseini wanted to escape from the scene after the act but was chased by Taylor, who caught up with and arrested him.

Fuseini in his statement admitted the offence and was put before the Court after investigations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We continue to educate public on Covid-19 vaccines misconceptions

Hohoe (V/R), Dec. 16, GNA – Mr Evans Zineyele, Hohoe Municipal Disease Control Officer, has disclosed that his outfit would continue to wage relentless public education to demystify misconceptions surrounding Covid-19 vaccines.

He said they also educate the public on the importance of vaccination against the disease as well as the benefits of being vaccinated.

Mr Zineyele in a phone interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) disclosed that about 6,608 people had been targeted in the Municipality for the fifth National COVID-19 Vaccination Day campaign.

The campaign, which began on December 14 is expected to end on December 18, 2022.

Mr Zineyele said while they continued to educate the public and ensure that people, who never had a jab get vaccinated, they were also making sure that people, who already had a jab, get their second doses and boosters.

He said doubts about the existence of Covid-19 coupled with the easing of restrictions continued to enforce people’s belief which they were working hard to demystify.

Mr Zineyele said the vaccine was meant to build the body’s immunity against any unforeseen circumstances since the Covid-19 could resurface as experienced worldwide.

He said some concerns were that the vaccines were expired adding that health workers were there for the general population and would not administer expired vaccines.

Mr Zineyele said the vaccines had undergone series of clinical tests and procedures to ensure that they were safe for the human system before approved for use.

He said other concerns raised which had been tackled had to do with the side effects of the vaccines administered.

Mr Zineyele said some benefits of getting vaccinated is the opportunity to travel beyond the shores of the country since a requirement was for one to possess a Covid-19 vaccination card.

He said it was the hope that the target would be met and called on the public to avail themselves to be vaccinated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Samira Bawumia presents medical devices and food items to Sunyani Regional Hospital

Sunyani, Dec. 16, GNA – Hajia Samira Bawumia, wife of Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia has presented medical devices, equipment, food items, non-alcoholic beverages and other consumables to the Sunyani Regional Hospital to support the efforts of the Management.

They comprised ultrasonic two pocket Doppler, 240 plus cannula with chin strap (medium and large), 20 suture 0 polysorb, 16 forceps eye dressing slight curve, 46 sutures 0 ethibond,39 syringes 3cc 18G, 24 sutures 2-0 monocryl and 21 needle holder’s mayo hegar (7).

The rest are 63 sutures 4-0 monosof, 103 clips liganng, ligang clips (medium), five Magellan 3/10 ml insulin syringe, permanent needle, 50 syringes irrigating 60cc piston w/o, 48 suture 4 polysorb, one retractor meyerding finger 7,1 blade, 12 retractor abdominal deaver 13 inches and 3 retractor adson self-retaining retractor.

Others include 36 suture 2-vicryl, 15 syringes icc25G 85/8, 4 retractors weitlaner inches, 6 clips liganng, ligang clips (small), 1 elevator periosteal key 67/8 weide, 8 syringes 1cc278G 5/8, 36 sutures 2 polycarb and 10 hospital beds.

The food items which included bags of rice, biscuits and soft drinks, was meant for only the antenatal units of the Hospital, Hajia Bawumia said.

Hajia Bawumia thanked the Management and the health workers for their selflessness and hard work in providing quality healthcare in the region and expressed the hope that the items would position the Hospital to deliver even more quality services for increased productivity to enhance significant outcomes in the region.

“This is the first of many things we hope to do for this Hospital and I also want to thank you for the hard work and successes, and I would serve as one of your partners now and in the future”, she said.

After touring the facility, she expressed satisfaction at the quality of care and the Hospital’s clean environment.

Dr. Cardinal Newton, the Medical Director of the Hospital thanked Hajia Bawumia for the donation and called for her support for the completion of an antenatal clinic block being constructed at the Hospital.

“In fact we would be disturbing you much on the construction of our antenatal block and we would accordingly give you a progress report on the project for your assistance”, he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UNICEF inspects new Eastern Regional Vaccine Cold Room.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) officials on Wednesday inspected the newly installed Eastern Regional walk-in cold room in Koforidua, which contains contemporary freezers and stocks a number of vaccinations for distribution.

Mr. Daniel Adu Asomaning, Eastern Regional Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Coordinator, who toured the facility with the team, said that the region has enough vaccines, which are well stored in ultra-low vaccine freezers.

He said the vaccine stocks were sufficient for the ongoing fifth round of the mass COVID-19 immunisation campaign, which began on December 14th and is scheduled to complete on December 18th, 2022.

He said the region currently has stocks of two types of vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, and that sufficient amounts have been allocated and delivered to each of the region’s 33 municipalities and districts.

“Currently, the Eastern Regional Cold Room has some stocks for other regions because national uses the regional cold room to store vaccines for other regions,” he said.

Mr. Asomaning said staff have been trained and deployed to perform the COVID-19 vaccination services campaign in the various communities.

“The fifth round of the mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign is relevant because some Ghanaians might not have had access to take their jab due to reasons such as, illness, misinformation, and disinformation,” he said.

“This campaign will provide the opportunity to clear doubt and remind the public of routine vaccination at any health facility”.

The Ghana Health Service is leading the fifth COVID-19 immunisation campaign, with support from the German government through UNICEF, a global humanitarian relief organisation.

The UNICEF delegation, which is on a five-day visit to the Eastern Region, praised health professionals in the region and across the country for their dedication to achieving high immunisation coverage.

During the team’s visit to the New Juaben North Municipality, nurses at Jumapor, Suhyen Mpaem, Oyoko, and Suhyen Health Centers educated parents about the need for immunisation.

The team’s presence prompted some unvaccinated residents of Suhyen Mpaem to get vaccinations at the nearby Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound.

Madam Annette Asraku, Disease Control Officer, New Juaben North Municipal Health Directorate, said health officials in the area were doing everything possible to spread vaccine information to people throughout the municipality via community information centres, radio stations, schools, house-to-house visits, and stakeholder engagement.

The COVID-19 virus causes mild to severe sickness and can be deadly. Ghana suffered the pandemic in March 2020, and COVID-19 vaccinations were introduced to boost the body’s immune system and combat the virus.

The Ghana Health Service also recommends the people wear a nasal mask, wash their hands with soap under running water regularly, and keep a safe distance among people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

FIFA boss confirms plans for expanded 32-team Club World Cup from 2025

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has announced that the Club World Cup will feature 32 teams beginning in 2025.

“There will be a club World Cup with 32 teams held every four years. And the first edition would be held in the summer of 2025.

“It will be in the slot of the Confederations Cup,” Infantino said on Friday ahead of the World Cup final on Sunday between Argentina and France in Doha.

The current format of the tournament involves seven teams competing for the title, with Chelsea the current holders after victory over Palmeiras in the United Arab Emirates in the a delayed 2021 edition held in February.

This event has been pushed back several times, first due to COVID and then again in 2021 to accommodate the Copa and Euro. Infantino added.

FIFA must still discuss, agree on, and decide on the details. Infantino also mentioned that a women’s Club World Cup is in the works. FIFA’s governing body also established the FIFA Women’s Futsal World Cup.

In addition to FIFA’s club competition, the Under-17 World Cups will be moved to an annual format.

Source: Modern Ghana