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Taxi Driver Arrested For Alleged Ritual Killings Reprimanded



Taxi Driver Arrested For Admitting To Allegedly Being Involved In Ritual Killings

A Circuit Court in Accra has remanded the taxi driver who was arrested earlier allegedly killing several persons for ritual purposes into police custody.

The taxi driver in person of Felix Ansah, 35, in an interview on Accra-based station Onua TV last Thursday, claimed that he had killed several people for rituals.

But making his first appearance before the court presided over by Rosemond Baah Tosu, the taxi driver pleaded not guilty to the charge of the publication of false news.

The legal representative of the accused, Theophilus Donkor, in his application for bail, told the court that his client was speaking in a spiritual realm.

He added, “If anything at all, it is Onua TV that made the publication and not the accused person”.

The prosecution, represented by Chief Inspector Godfred Asideu Bampoe, who held the brief for Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvester Asare, opposed the bail application.

He urged the court to remand the accused person to enable the police to complete its investigation.

Presenting his facts, Chief Inspector Bampoe said on September 2, 2021, the attention of the Police was drawn to a statement made on the ‘Maakye’ show on Onua Television station by the accused to the effect that he buried alive a pregnant woman at Ashaiman.

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Upon receiving the information, the prosecutor said the Police launched investigation into the matter which led to the arrest of the accused.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the accused is a taxi driver who resides at Wejia in Accra.

The prosecutor said it was also established that the accused in a response to a question from the host of the ‘Maakye’ show, Captain Smart stated that he (accused) had killed several persons in the past.

“Additionally, the accused person also stated that he buried a pregnant woman alive at Ashiaman to perform a sacrifice for Alfred Agbesi, the former MP for Ashaiman,” Chief Inspector Bampoe told the court.

However, the prosecutor said the police was yet to extend the investigation to locate the scene of the alleged buried and other persons mentioned by the accused person.

After hearing the arguments by both parties, the presiding judge remanded the taxi driver and adjourned the case to Thursday, September 16.






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Ghana To Receive Over 18 Million Doses Of Covid-19 Vaccines – GHS Reveals



Covid-19: GHS To Start Immunisation Exercise For Unvaccinated Citizens On Friday

The Ghana Health Service has disclosed that the country is expecting to receive a total of 18,742,610 doses of Covid-19 vaccines within the last three months of the year.

Breaking it down, Director-General of the Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, at a press conference on Sunday, noted that it consists of AstraZeneca; 834,720, Pfizer; 1,330,290, and Johnson and Johnson; 16,577,600.

He further explained that aside the AstraZeneca and Pfizer, which are donations from developed countries and COVAX, the total consignment ofJohnson and Johnson was procured by government through the Africa United platform.

According to him, should all the consignment arrive as foretold, “a total of 16,777,100 people will be vaccinated by the end of the year.”

In view of this, Dr Kuma-Aboagye expressed optimism that his outfit will vaccinate at least 20 million citizens against the Covid-19 disease by the end of 2021.

The Director-General indicated that although the country’s vaccination drive experienced a setback due to a global shortage of vaccines, his outfit remains hopeful of achieving herd immunity within three months.

According to him, now that vaccines are available, the government has instituted measures to easily access them for procurement and administration.

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“Ghana can do between 300 and 400 thousand vaccines in a week. And if we expand, we can even do a million. In 2020 within four days, we vaccinated 6 million people against Yellow Fever.

“So it is possible, once the vaccines are available, we can accomplish this,” he told the media on Saturday.

Herd immunity against the deadly virus has been the government’s primary objective since a vaccine for Covid-19 was discovered in 2020.

President Akufo-Addo in February announced that although his administration seeks to vaccinate the entire population, he aims to vaccinate 20 million of the populace by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, according to the vaccination update on the Ghana Health Service website, 1,271,393 total vaccine doses have been administered as of July 14, 2021.






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Kidnapped Woman’s Baby Bump Video Pops Up Online, Disputing Claims Of Regional Minister



New Twist: Takoradi Missing Woman Was Never Pregnant - Regional Minister Claims

A video has popped up disputing claims by Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, that the woman who was recently kidnapped in Takoradi was not pregnant.

The video as sighted by on Facebook, shows the 28 year old lady, Josephine Panyin Mensah, with a huge baby bump on different occasions. One of the scenes had Josephine dressed in red attire and seated with many children behind a table.

According to Angel FM which first shared the images on Facebook, Josephine and her family were throwing a party for her first child who is a boy.

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Another scene, with a date stamp of August 9, shows Josephine with her husband and son at the Takoradi Mall. She was still with a heavy bump. Sharing the video during their primetime news on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, the Accra-based radio station indicted that they had obtained the images from Josephine’s husband.






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UTAG Threatens Government To Go On Another If Needs Are Not Met



UTAG reacts to NLC’s injunction

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) is accusing government of bad faith in its negotiation for an improved Conditions of Service.

UTAG has been in a mandatory 30 days negotiation over its demand for 2,084 dollars for entry level lecturers, but the Association says despite backing down on some of their demands and government pledging it’s commitment, nothing tangible has been achieved yet.

UTAG and government have been negotiating since 18th August when UTAG suspended it’s strike.

In a statement to its members, the Association called for calm among members.

“You may recall that a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was reached and/or signed between UTAG and our Employer to reopen negotiations on the Conditions of Service (CoS) of UTAG members following the withdrawal of teaching and related activities on our various universities and the subsequent suspension of same.

“The roadmap of the MOA required of the parties to reopen and complete negotiations within one month, covering specific items assented to by the parties.”

“The National Executive Committee (NEC) of UTAG wishes to inform its members that while every effort is being made to reach an amicable resolution, real results have not been achieved yet due to the actions and inactions of the Employer.

“The key concern of UTAG is the restoration of the salary of entry point of a lecturer to the 2012 levels, which stood at the cedi equivalent of US$2,084.00 and has presently depreciated to less than US$997.00 per the prevailing exchange rates.

“During this round of the negotiations, the Employer indicated to UTAG that it could no longer negotiate the Interim Market Premium and Non-Basic Salary Allowance.

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“Rather, the Employer was only interested in negotiating the Research component of the Book and Research Allowances (BRA), which is a clear breach of good faith on the Employer’s own commitment. As a sign of magnanimity on the part of UTAG, the Association still went ahead to negotiate for the Research component of the BRA.

“However. that also did not yield any tangible results. It is important to indicate that UTAG has been overly generous by shifting its position substantially and even given ample time for the Employer to do the needful.”

The Association is warning it will have no option than to resume it’s strike if government fails to address their concerns.

“UTAG would also like to draw the Employer’s attention to the fact that its members are not “strike happy”. However, we would have no option than to resume the withdrawal of teaching and related services on our various campuses if the Employer fails to approach and address our concerns frontally.

“By this update, UTAG wishes to direct its members to remain calm as leadership continues to work for our ultimate good. You would be informed of our (obvious) next line of action in due course.”






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