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Policeman killed by robbers in Tarkwa

A group of armed robbers shot and killed a policeman on escort duty at Tarkwa in the Western Region yesterday.
Lance Corporal Duku Nicholas, the deceased, was shot while escorting an Indian businessman in Bogoso late Sunday evening.

After shooting the police escort, the robbers took away GHS 900, 000 from the Indian businessman identified as Rajinder Singh.

The robbers later abandoned the vehicle they used in the operation, a Nissan Rogue with registration number GE 411-16, at the outskirts of Tarkwa.

The incident is the latest in a wave of attacks recorded in one week in some parts of the country.

Last week two people were killed in four separate robbery attacks at Weija, in the Ga South Municipal district of the Greater Accra Region.

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6-year-old boy shoots 4-year-old brother

A six-year-old boy has gunned down his four-year-old brother at Somanya in the Eastern Region on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Confirming the incident on Accra based Starr fm, police commander ASP Isaac Otsin, narrated that two siblings were playing with a gun belonging to their 70-year-old grandfather, which triggered into the head of the deceased and died on the spot.

The tenants in the house after hearing the gunshot rushed to the room and found the deceased in a pool of blood.

The police have deposited the body at the Atua Government Hospital morgue pending autopsy.

Meanwhile, investigations have commenced into the incident and statements have been taken from the parents and the grandfather, who owns the unlicensed gun.

The suspect is in police custody.

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MASLOC boss cited for fraud

An audit report into the operations of MASLOC under the erstwhile NDC administration has indicted former MASLOC boss and workers for fraud and financial impropriety.

The report which was intercepted by journalists cited the former CEO of MASLOC Sedina Tamakloe Attionu, her predecessor Bertha Sogah and head of operations and Finance at MASLOC of widespread acts of corruption, inflation of prices for projects with several millions of cedis misappropriated.

The report indicates that Mrs Tamakloe had withdrawn ¢500,000 MASLOC invested at Obaatampa Microfinance but failed to pay the amount into the accounts of MASLOC.

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Two Kwabenya jail breakers jailed 66 months

An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced two of the jail breakers in the Kwabenya police station attack, Emmanuel Kotey and Kofi Darko, to 66 months imprisonment.

While Kofi Darko, who was arrested three months ago was given an imprisonment term of 32 months, Emmanuel Kotey, who was arrested twenty days ago, was slapped with 34 months.

The two convicts were part of a group of persons who fled from police custody in Kwabenya.
They were sentenced based on their guilty plea to the charges leveled against him.

The rest of the accused persons numbering nine, who are alleged to have masterminded and carried out of the attack are still on trial.

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EOCO warns directors of collapsed UT Bank to report or face…

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has said it may be compelled to take other actions if the directors of the collapsed UT Bank fail to voluntary appear and answer questions on their roles in the collapse of the bank.

EOCO issued public summons for the directors of the collapsed UT and Capital banks to appear and answer questions.

Whilst the directors of UT Bank were to appear before the acting Executive Director of EOCO Wednesday, March 28, 2018, that of Capital Bank are to appear on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

However, as of 1pm Wednesday, the UT directors were yet to appear to respond to damning findings of an investigative report on the collapse of the bank.

Read also: EOCO summons directors of UT and Capital banks

In a radio interview with Accra based Citi FM, Mr K.K. Amoah, the acting Executive Director of EOCO cautioned they may be forced to take other measures if they fail to report.

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March salaries to delay; we can’t keep borrowing to pay staff – UG

The University of Ghana, Legon will be unable to pay its workers their March 2018 salaries on time due to the government’s failure to release subventions.

No timeline has been given for when payment will eventually be made.

A memo, sighted by Citi News, from the University Registry also revealed that the University has been borrowing money for the past two months to pay salaries.

The memo, which was signed by the Registrar of the University of Ghana, Legon, Mercy Haizel-Ashia said the “processing and release of the compensation subvention for January and February has been delayed.”

“Therefore, payment for March 2018 salaries cannot be made as scheduled. It is not possible to borrow for a third month to pay salaries,” the memo added.

Assurances have been given that “efforts are being made by management to ensure that the delay does not prolong.”

Payment of salaries at the university is normally effected by the 25th day of the month.

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Opuni, Seidu Agongo trial begins today

Former COCOBOD boss, Dr. Stephen Opuni, will make his first appearance in court today [Monday], for among others allegedly causing financial loss to the state in a fertilizer supply deal.

Dr. Opuni and Siedu Agongo, the CEO of Zeera Group of Companies and Agricult Ghana, which also belongs to Seidu Agongo, are cumulatively facing some 27 charges, including abetment of crime and conspiracy to commit crime.

Some key National Democratic Congress executives and the family of Dr. Opuni have described his prosecution as witch hunting, indicating their preparedness to stand by him.
The Attorney General about two weeks filed the 27 counts including a charge of causing financial loss to the state.

Seidu Agongo, CEO of Zeera Group of Companies and Agricult Ghana Limited, is said to have been a beneficiary of a supposed fraudulent fertilizer contract worth over GH¢43 million.

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Armed robbers now using Tramadol to be bold - COP Ken Yeboah

The wanton abuse of drugs especially Tramadol is partly to blame for the increasing cases of robberies in the country, officials of the Ghana Police Service have revealed.

According to the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, the drug is approved for the management of pain but the rapid increase in its use by the youth is worrying.

“The strengths approved for use in Ghana by the FDA are the 50mg and 100mg oral capsules,” not 200mg/250mg as it has found to be circulating in markets in the country”

Ashanti Regional Police Commander, COP Ken Yeboah on Kumasi-based Abusua FM, told host Kwame Adinkra that the drug is being abused by these criminals you use it and become fearless.

“If they take the drug, they become bold and sometimes want to engage us in a shootout. Some of them are pushed into this as a result of societal pressure, greed and mentors”, he stated.

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KMA moves to regulate operations of waste collection tricycles

To regulate the use of tricycles in waste collection, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has launched branded tricycles for the collection and disposal of waste in the metropolis.
The measure is also to check indiscriminate littering and dumping of solid waste by operators of waste collection tricycles, which has gained a lot of popularity in Kumasi in recent times.

In addition, the move is to ensure that tricycles used to cart solid waste are not used to transport food items.

Orange colour

The KMA has branded the solid waste tricycles in orange to help the public identify and use them accordingly.

The assembly has also issued identification numbers and tags to all the waste collection tricycles in a bid to regulate and monitor their activities, while the riders are to wear prescribed protective gear in the discharge of their duties.


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Deputy Speaker calls for ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy against illegal miners

Ghana’s security agencies should be given the power to shoot anyone caught engaging in illegal mining practices, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu has clamoured.
In recent years Ghana has chalked some successes in the fight against illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey.

Government has made the menace one of its primary aims, and has put in place measures to ensure that the country does not lose any more lands and water bodies to such illegal operations.

Last year, an anti-galamsey taskforce made up of police and military named Operation Vanguard was launched to fight the activities of 'galamseyers' and to protect the environment.

The task force has since made many arrests, although there are still some illegal miners who have proved to be recalcitrant.

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament believes the best way to stop the act is to give the Police the power to shoot offenders.


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