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IGP steps in to save defiled 4-year-old girl

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante-Apeatu has directed the Central Regional Police Command “to take over” the defilement case involving a four-year-old girl at Assin Adadientem in the Central region.

The police has been bashed severely for allegedly neglecting the case which has courted national discourse. The girl is currently battling for her life after she was allegedly defiled by an 18-year-old man, Kwabena, a farmer at Assin Adadientaim in the Assin South district of the Central region.

According to the mother of the victim, Monica Darkoh, the suspect came to their home and baited the victim with coconut when she had gone to a funeral. The suspect who is currently on the run took the 4-year-old victim to a toilet facility near the village and defiled her. The victim who collapsed during the act is currently receiving treatment at the Assin Fosu St Francis Hospital.


I regret bleaching – Bukom Banku

Ghanaian boxer, Braimah Kamoko, also known as Bukom Banku has said he regrets bleaching.

The Bukom-based boxer was seen flaunting his heavily bleached skin some months back. He later confirmed he was using bleaching creams to enhance his outlook.

He was reported to have said in an interview that he was bleaching to become Ghana’s ambassador to Germany.

“I am bleaching myself for German people to know that German peo­ple and Bukom Banku are one…. So if you see me now, you will observe that I am from Germany. I want Ghanaians to know that I am a German now,” he said.

After priding himself with the bleaching act for almost four months, he later announced that he had put a stop to the act advising Ghanaians not to follow his mistake but learn from the consequences.


I’ll retire at age 42 - Bukom Banku

Former WBO Africa Cruiserweight champion, Braimah Kamoko, known commonly as Bukom Banku has revealed he has four more years to bring an end to his boxing career.

The local champion made this revelation on Starr Chat on Wednesday after his Saturday’s seventh round technical knockout to Bastie Samir at the Bukom Boxing Arena.

According to Banku after rematches with Samir come next year he will try to fight some international bout to end the pugilist journey in 2021.

“I have not retired yet. I have four more years to retire. I have decided to ignore the insults from people because I don’t want those negative comments to affect me,” Banku said.

The 38-year old has refused to kowtow to public outcry of his retirement for denting his unbeaten record.

Meanwhile, Banku has confirmed receiving GHC 50,000 as part payment of the bout purse and he is anxiously waiting for a rematch with Samir on December 6.


Government secures job for Major Mahama’s widow

Government has established a trust fund in the name of the late Major Adam Mahama.

The fund which will be called ‘Major Mahama Trust Fund’ will cater for his wife and children.

Additionally, the government has also secured employment for his wife, Babara Mahama.

Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, told Starr News’ Parliamentary Correspondent, Ibrahim Alhassan in an interview that the establishment of the fund and the employment offer were in fulfilment of government’s promise to the family after he was gruesomely murdered at Denkyira- Boase.

“Government promised when he was murdered that we would establish a trust fund for him as part of the four things we originally agreed to establish. So we have been working to ensure that we get that bill established.


Anna Bossman meets Ghanaians in France

The Ghanaian community in France met the new ambassador Mrs Anna Bossman over the weekend to deliberate on her plans ahead.

It was her maiden interaction with the Ghanaian community since being appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. She is also oversees Portugal and a permanent delegate to UNESCO, OECD and la Francophonie.

According to her, her top most priority is to strengthen unity among Ghanaians within her jurisdiction and expressed gratitude to the President for her appointment.

She said she will give a lot of attention to the youth, adding she will introduce programmes aimed at assisting them to become responsible adults.

Mrs. Bossman encouraged Ghanaians living abroad to consider returning home to invest as part of means to boost the local economy.


Digital address will transform Ghana – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has encouraged every Ghanaian to take advantage of the National Digital Property Address system to improve their lives.

Speaking at the launch of the system in Accra Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo noted the digital property system will help transform the economy because of its multi-faceted benefits.

“With this new system, every property in Ghana will have an address and can be accounted for,” Akufo-Addo stated, adding the era when landmarks or food joints were used to give directions is over.

“With this new system, the location of the blue kiosk, the ‘waakye’ seller or the ‘koko’ seller will have an address,” the president stressed, noting that “the Property Addressing System also means that the ‘koko’ seller can now open a bank account.”

The digital address system, Akufo-Addo averred, will make access to financial service and credit facilities less cumbersome.


Samira’s father appointed UAE Ambassador

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn-in Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan, father in-law of vice-president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, as Ghana’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
Alhaji Ramadan becomes the first ever Ambassador appointed to the UAE.
The President in a speech charged the new Ambassador to work with diligence and foster stronger economic relations between Ghana and the UAE.
According to Mr. Akufo-Addo, appointing an ambassador for the first time to the oil rich nation will also help develop and “build strong relations with that part of the world.”
Alhaji Ramadan is the father of Ghana’s second lady Samira Bawumia and deputy CEO of the National Disaster and Management Organisation (NADMO), Abu Ramadan.
Alhaji Ramadan is the former chairman of People’s National Convention (PNC). He retired from active politics in 2015.


GCB sacks over 700 UT/Capital Banks staff

ver 700 former workers of the now defunct UT and Capital banks are set to lose their jobs as the takeover bank GCB has begun issuing out termination letters.
The affected staff have already received letters asking them to proceed home.
Starr News understands GCB is only retaining clerical and top management staff of the collapsed banks.
Sources have also hinted Starr News that GCB will retain and manage just about 20 branches of the collapsed banks nationwide.
The development comes after the receiver of the takeover PricewaterhouseCoopers last month disengaged the services of all 1356 staff of the two banks.
The Bank of Ghana approved the takeover of Capital Bank and UT Bank by the GCB Bank Ltd.


We’ll shut down sanctioned stations – Ursula

The Ministry of communications has directed FM Stations sanctioned by the National Communications Authority (NCA) to cease operations immediately.

The NCA last week sanctioned a total of 131 FM authorization holders found to have breached section 13 of the Electronic Communications act (2009), Act 775.

The move followed the completion of a nationwide FM Spectrum Audit conducted this year to determine compliance of Authorisation Holders with their Authorisation conditions and to determine which FM stations were in operations or otherwise.

Also, the FM Spectrum audit forms part of a wider and on-going audit of all services regulated by the Authority including TV and ISP services.

Section 13 of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), Act 775 states among others that “the Authority may suspend or revoke a license or a frequency authorization where:


Children in Upper East find solution to armyworm

Three basic-school students in the Nabdam District of the Upper East region have come up with a chemical they claim is an answer to fall armyworm attack.

The invention, credited to Joseph Adule Aberika and Elizabeth Nagroug from the Kongo Junior High School and Elizabeth Bugre from the Presentation Junior High School, comes after a nationwide armyworm raid on farmlands had set government’s teeth on edge.

Scores of educationists greeted the invention with applause at the 7th Regional Science, Technology, Mathematics and Innovation Education (STMIE) Camp held in Bolgatanga, the regional capital, where the students displayed the chemical and explained how it worked.

“We made a garden. We tested it. It drove away the [armyworms] but they came back to destroy the maize. It is used temporarily, not permanently,” explained Elizabeth Nagroug.


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