Two remanded over NDC Youth and Women’s Congress disturbances in Cape Coast

Accra – An Accra Circuit Court has remanded into police custody two persons allegedly involved in election disturbances during the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Youth and Women’s Congress held in Cape Coast.

Abdul Halid Shaibu aka Olu and Razak Ibrahim aka Oga have pleaded not guilty to two counts of prohibition of vigilante groups and activities.

Dauda Mohammed Nazir, the third accused person, however pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday January 10, 2023.

The Court presided over by Mrs Samuel Bright Acquah has however deferred Nazir’s sentence to January 25.

Defence counsels: Ali Jafaru, Paul Asibi Abariga and Lampting Akpanga, prayed for bail, saying the accused were gainfully employed, they had fixed places of abode and that they would appear to stand trial.

Prosecution led by Superintendent of Police Sylvester Asare vehemently opposed to the grant of bail, saying they would interfere with Police investigations.

According to prosecution, the Police was on a man hunt for other accused persons who were at large.

The Court turned down the accused persons’ bail application on the grounds that accused persons were not ordinary residents within the court’s jurisdiction and that the possibility of the accused persons absenting themselves was high.

According to the Court, the gravity of the offence and the punishment if found guilty, would also compel the accused persons to abscond.

It noted that out of the 14 suspected persons, only three had been arrested and the Police were on the heels of the rest.

The Court held that the country was gradually heading towards Election 2024 and that political vigilantism was becoming rampant and it should be stopped.

It said the only duty of the Court was to put fear in culprits so that Election 2024 would become peaceful.

The case of the Prosecution was that the accused persons are members of a vigilante group operating within the NDC.

The Prosecution said on December 10, 2022, the Police received report of violent disturbances at the NDC’s National Youth and Women’s Congress held at Cape Coast in the Central Region.

It said on receipt of the disturbance report, the Police commenced investigations into the matter.

According to the prosecution, the Police investigation team reviewed specific video footage and declared 16 persons wanted, including the accused persons for the alleged violence.

The Prosecution said investigations revealed that while the proceedings were ongoing at the Congress, two rival vigilante groups violently clashed by throwing stones, clubs, among others, causing injury to some persons.

It said Shaibu and Ibrahim and others at large worked for and in the interest of George Opare Addo aka Pablo as the National Youth Organiser of the NDC.

“Similarly, it was established that Nazir, the third accused person and others at large acted for Brogya Gyenfi and Hannah Bisiw.”

The Prosecution said on December 9, 2022, Shaibu and Ibrahim and others at large, were transported from Tamale to Cape Coast to engage in vigilante activities in the interest of George Opare Addo to win the election.

It said accused persons were given GHS50.00 each as pocket money.

The Prosecution held that on December 9, 2023, one suspect known as Jango currently in police custody, organised a rival group, including Nazir from Berekum and its environs to further push for the interest of Hannah Bisiw and Brogya Gyenfi.

It said Police investigations also revealed that the three accused persons and others at large, were lodged and fed in separate Hotels in Cape Coast.

On December 10, 2022, it said while the congress was going on, the vigilante rival groups without any provocation resorted to use of violence, threat and intimidation, injuring some persons who were later rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Prosecution said investigation revealed that Shaibu and Ibrahim were given GHS250 each for their services as vigilantes at the Congress.

It said on January 6, 2023, Shaibu and Ibrahim were arrested at their hideouts at Tamale and brought to Accra for investigations.

Prosecution said on January 7, 2023, Nazir was arrested at Kintampo.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Two on GHS50,000.00 bail each over COCOBOD recruitment fraud

Accra – An Accra Circuit Court has granted a GHS50,000.00 bail each to two persons who allegedly defrauded 35 persons of GHS350,000.00 under the pretext of securing them jobs at Ghana COCOBOD.

Douglas Ofosu, student, and Wilfred Kwaku Boateng, businessman, were ordered by the Court presided over by Mrs Kizita Naa Kowah Quarshie, to get two common sureties.

They have denied conspiring to defraud Mr Twumasi Asare and 34 others.

Ofosu and Boateng will make their next appearance on February 13, 2023.

Meanwhile, their accomplices: Sakyi, Mensah, Emmanuel and Bismark Odame are on the run.

Chief Inspector Isaac Anquandah told the Court that complainants in this case were unemployed.

He said Ofosu and his accomplices represented themselves as staff of COCOBOD and told the victims that there were a lot of vacancies in the institution.

The accused persons, the Court heard, between November and December 2022, took advantage of the complainants and collected GHS350,000.00 under the pretext of securing them jobs at COCOBOD.

Prosecution said after the accused persons received the GHS350,000.00 from the complainants, they failed to honour their promise, hence, the complainants filed a petition with the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB), where Ofosu was arrested.

Chief Inspector Anquandah said in Ofosu’s cautioned statement, he voluntarily admitted having received about GHS100,000.00 from Boateng.

He said Odame, now at large, represented himself as Dr Mensah, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, and received money from the job seekers.

Prosecution said Ofosu bought MTN mobile money merchant sim card from a friend at GHS600.00 and used same to receive the fraud money, adding that the money was shared by the accused persons.

Chief Inspector Anquandah said on January 04, 2023, Boateng also reported with his Lawyer at the NIB where he was arrested and in his caution statement, he admitted having known Ofosu and asked him to purchase MTN mobile money sim card which he used to receive funds on behalf of Odame.

He said efforts were underway to arrest the rest of the accused persons.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Two granted GHS100,000.00 bail each over false electronic transaction

Accra – An Accra Circuit Court has granted a GHS100,000.00 bail each to two persons for their alleged involvement in false electronic transaction.

Eugene Kwabena Ahengwah, 22, unemployed, and Stephen Mensah, 20, mobile money vendor, are to provide three sureties to be justifiable by moveable and non-moveable property.

They have denied conspiring to commit the offence.

The Court ordered them to make their next appearance on January 18, 2023

Meanwhile, Prince Teinor, an accomplice, is at large.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Maxwell Oppong told the Court that the Complainants were Mr James Agalga, Member of Parliament for Bulsa North, and Mr Anpotemba Calistus, a security guard, both were residents of Airport Residential area, Accra.

Ahengwah, he said, lived at Nsawam whilst Mensah also lived at Nsawam.

Prosecution said for some time now, the attention of Mr Agalga was drawn to a fake Facebook account which his name and photograph were used to defraud unsuspecting people of various sums of money under the pretext of enlisting them into the various security services.

The Court heard that that an unknown person claimed to be Mr Agalga and directed the victims to pay money through a certain Momo account number which the Ahengwah, the first accused person, claimed belonged to Mr Moro Nashiru Abugre, the secretary of Mr Agalga, the first complainant.

ASP Oppong said Mr Abugri, the second complainant, became convinced and he paid GHS500.00 into the said Momo account for recruitment forms and GHS10, 000.00 to be paid for the enlistment.

Having been notified of the crime, the first complainant reported the case to the Police and on December 18, 2022, a witness feigned interest to be enlisted into the Ghana Armed Forces, the Court heard.

Prosecution said he visited the Facebook account and the accused provided another Momo account number, claiming to be the number of the secretary of the first complainant into which the money would be paid into.

ASP Oppong said the witness promised to give the first accused person guinea fowls as Christmas presents.

He then directed the witness to bring the guinea fowls to him at Nsawam but was arrested and handed over to the Police.

He said in his investigation cautioned statement to the Police, Ahengwah admitted the offence and mentioned Mensah and Teinor as accomplices.

ASP Oppong said on hearing that Aheng had been arrested, Mr Abugri went to the Police and made a report that he was also defrauded by them through the same modus. He said on December 29, 2022, Ahengwah led the Police to arrest Mensah.

In his investigation cautioned statement to the Police, Mensah also admitted the offence and stated that, he received all the money paid through his special Momo number, Prosecution said.

After investigation, the accused persons were arraigned. The Police are pursuing their accomplice.

Source: Ghana News Agency

The only way to compel Nana Agradaa to appear in court is through bench warrant – Police

Accra – The Police on Wednesday prayed an Accra Circuit Court to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of Patricia Asiedua aka Nana Agradaa, self-acclaimed evangelist, for failing to appear in court.

At an Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday, Superintendent of Police Sylvester Asare informed the Court that since Nana Agradaa was granted bail with conditions set out by the Court, she has defied the court’s order and that efforts to make her comply by the court’s order had been difficult.

According to prosecution, Nana Agradaa aka Evangelist Mama Pat, founder of Heaven Champions International Ministry, was not cooperating with the Police.

Prosecution said the accused person was to appear before Circuit Court 10 today (Wednesday), but she did not turn up.

It said the Police received information at another Circuit Court that the accused person was unaware of the next adjourned date, however her representative was aware of the date, and he (agent) turned up in court.

The prosecution submitted that the only way to compel the accused person to appear in court was for the Court to issue a bench warrant.

Mr Paul Asibi Abariga, counsel for Nana Agradaa, said he has filed a document before the court, indicating that his client was unwell.

Mr Abariga therefore prayed the court to disregard the prosecution’s submissions, inviting the Court to issue a bench warrant.

The Court presided over by Mr Samuel Bright Acquah urged defence counsel to advice Nana

Nana Agradaa has three different cases before three Circuit Courts in Accra.

Before the Circuit Court 9, she is being held on six counts of defrauding by false pretences and charlatanic advertisement in the media.

Nana Agradaa has denied the charges and is on bail.

She said to have advertised on Today’s Television and other social media platforms on October 5, 2022, that she could double money.

The accused person in the said advert invited members of the public to attend an all-night service at her church at Weija, near Accra for the alleged money doubling.

Prosecution said over 1,000 people visited the church and handed over their money to the accused, but she failed to double the money as promised.

The Prosecution said the Police commenced investigations into the matter and accused was arrested on October 9, 2022.

It said during interrogation, accused person confirmed the case of the six complainants.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Police investigate murder of a labourer at Assin-Dominase

Assin-Dominase (C/R) – Police in the Central Region has begun investigations to unravel the mystery behind the alleged murder of a 28-year-old labourer, Kwaku Emmanuel from Assin-Dominase in the Assin South District of the Central Region.

His death had generated fear and panic in the town, with Nana Kwame Akwapong, Kyidomhene of Assin-Dominase, calling on the Police to intensify patrols in the area to enable the people to go about their normal duties without fear.

A police team led by Chief Superintendent Sefas Arthur, the Assin-Fosu District Police Commander, found a bag containing three balls of kenkey, plier and a stepdown machine beside the body.

A 65-year-old mother of the deceased, Madam Yaa Mansa, told the Ghana News Agency, her son, left home around 0800 hours on Monday, January 9, for Assin Fosu but did not return home as expected.

She said she was later informed in the early hours of Tuesday, January 10, that Emmanuel had been brutally murdered and his body dumped at the outskirts of the town.

According to her there were bruises on the deceased’s face with blood oozing from the nostrils.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We have laid down a lot of policies to ensure victory for CPP in 2024 – General Secretary

The General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party, Nana Yaa Akyempim Jantuah, has stated that the party has a lot of plans in place to ensure the mobilization of more followers for the party to boost their confidence in the coming general elections in 2024.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Ark FM’s News reporter, Kwaku Mensah Abrampa, Nana Yaa Jantua indicated that CPP is far more advanced than the other remaining political parties in Ghana with the capacity to match the NPP and NDC in elections to prevent the duopoly politics in the country with a lot of plans put in place to ensure the reorganization of the party and it’s members in the various polling stations and electoral area across the country.

She stressed that the party as part of their plans to defeat the NDC and NPP in the coming general elections has launched their fundraising mechanism dubbed 1000 for 1000 which implies that 1 person donates GHc1,000 to support the party in running their day-to-day activities for a better future of the party to facilitate effective campaign tours and efficacious reorganization process for unity to prevail in the party for better future over the two dominating parties in the country.

She entreated all Ghanaians who are in dire need of development to Join the CPP devoid of their political background and contribute to their fundraising mechanism to provide the party with adequate capital to carry out their pre-election activities indicating that whoever donates to the party’s coffers is a true Ghanaian who has yelled for change of Government for longer period hence any least contribution from the masses will help the CPP triumph over NDC and NPP in the coming 2024 general elections.

Nana Yaa Jantua explained that the most important issue concerning their plans to win the election next year is their financial strength hence Ghanaians must support them with their 1-person to GHC1,000 fundraising agenda to help them acquire the needed money to intensify their campaign and other activities within the party to make it attractive to others.

She added that their campaign messages are on hold now and will be revealed at the right time because other parties may emulate their message if it is earlier declared openly denoting that their campaign messages were copied by other political parties last electioneering year and will not repeat such mistake subsequently. She emphasized that CPP will soon rise again and will lead Ghana to the expected path of development as the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah did for the country some years ago.

Source: Ghana Web

We wouldn’t be fair to Bawumia and Alan if we pair them – Former NPP MP

Former New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Kwadaso, Samiu Kwadwo Nuamah is against calls for Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen to be paired on the party’s presidential ticket for the 2024 elections.

According to the former MP, the party will rather be dealing unfairly with the two if it heeds to calls for the vice president and the former trade and industry minister to be paired.

“I don’t know what they mean by merging Bawumia and Alan, we wouldn’t be fair to them if that should happen,” the former MP is quoted in a report by Oyerepafmonline.com sighted by GhanaWeb.

Mr Nuamah who was reacting to Mr Kyerematen’s announcement of his intent to contest the NPP flagbearership, is the latest of members in the party who have kicked against the idea of pairing the two.

His belief is that, such a pursuit will go against promoting healthy competition in the party.

However, those who are proposing for the two to be paired believe that putting the two on a ticket will go a long way to guarantee victory in the NPP in 2024.

The NPP later this year is expected to elect a flagbearer.

Mr Kyerematen on Tuesday, January 10, 2022, announced his intent to contest for the NPP flagbearer after he resigned from his position a few days back.

His resignation has been joined by that of the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Afriyie Akoto who is also expected to announce his bid in the next few days.

The two join the likes of Assin North MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, former NPP General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong and former Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko who have all announced their intent to contest as the party’s flagbearer.

While Vice President Bawumia is yet to officially announce his bid, he is deemed one of the lead contenders in the race to elect a flagbearer of the NPP.

Source: Ghana Web

Ignore lies spewed against Asawase noble MP, he’s at peace with everyone – NDC group fight back

A pro-NDC group within the Asawase constituency of the Ashanti region, Asawase Youth Front, has come to the defence of the MP Hon. Muntaka in a press conference indicating that all allegations levelled against the honourable member of parliament by a group of people within the constituency in a recent press conference are untrue.

According to them, the MP has been a peaceful man who always seeks to unite the party, contrary to the claims made by the group led by Umar Harris, the constituency communications officer.

Issah Ali, spokesperson for the Asawase Youth Front said, it was rather unfortunate that some people are damaging the image of the noble MP with these kinds of lies, thus, after creating a camp with the current chairman to cause confusion within the constituency.

He has however urged everyone to ignore the group’s malicious allegations against the Member of Parliament, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak.

Expressing worry over how the group wants to tarnish the MP’s image, Ali touted the Muntaka’s achievements in health, education, infrastructure, job creation, etc where he urged that such a hardworking person who has brought the image of the constituency to glory does not need to be destroyed as the group has started.

He further rubbished claims that the MP had plotted not to work with the current chairman, where he disclosed that the MP has been meeting with chairman Dauda on several occasions to discuss issues that will forge the party to victory. He however called on people to disregard such false allegations against the MP.

The new press conference comes in reaction to a press conference held on Monday (09/01/2023) in which some concerned youth of the Asawase constituency blamed the MP for creating division amongst members of the constituency with the use of an old chairman against the current chairman.

They also blamed the MP for pushing some people to publish fake news and other damaging statements against the current chairman, Mr. Faisal Dauda.

According to the Asawase NDC Youth Front, there is no truth in any of such allegations against the noble member of parliament.

“The Asawase Youth Front has noticed with great concern, the recent happenings within our dear constituency (Asawase).

We express our dismay at the recent “POLICE ISSUE involving our beloved Chairman Faisal Dauda a.k.a: Chairman Concern which has been taken to the media.

There have been attempts by some people, to make it appear as though it was our revered hardworking MP (Hon. Muntaka) who is behind the attempted arrest”.

The group further cleared the air by indicating that the MP had no hands in the attempted arrest of the constituency chairman who allegedly assaulted someone.

According to them, there was an attempted arrest of the chairman after an assault case was filed against one Osman Alex who is a former constituency deputy communications officer.

“We wish to set the record straight, that;

1. The said attempted arrest of our respected constituency chairman (Concern), was based on a case of “ASSAULT”, filed against him by Osman Alex,

2. The incident was reported to have happened at the Ashanti regional party office, in the presence of many party members.

3. The victim was rushed to the Manhyia hospital for emergency attention, after which he secured a police report to which evidence is available for all to see.

4. The scene observed today with the police tempting to arrest our chairman is reported to have been due to the chairman’s failure to answer the police’s invitation,” the statement read.

The group has however described it as very unfortunate how some people would want to fault their hardworking MP, over a clear case of an assault thinking that, that would make him unpopular in advancing their unquenched interests.

“We want them to understand that no amount of lies against Hon. Muntaka, would diminish our love for him”.

Describing him as a darling MP, the group further pledged that even if he should decide not to contest again, they would force him to serve, and that is the will of the Asawase constituents.

Source: Ghana Web