An 18-year-old mechanic apprentice, Gideon Adjetey, has allegedly been tortured to death by five persons at Magazine, a community in the New Juaben Municipality of the Eastern region, for refusing to honour the invitation of a fetish priest.
In a shocking video posted online, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams is seen backtracking on his controversial statements regarding Islam, apologizing to the Muslim community worldwide and pleading for their forgiveness 'in the name of Allah'.
The self-declared ‘father of charismatic Christianity’ in West Africa had made some damning statements on Islam in an undated sermon posted to social media, provoking anger within the Ghanaian Muslim community.
“Muslims are not just praying; they are invoking all kinds of entities,” the fiery preacher declared on a clip which was posted to YouTube.
“They are dealing with all kinds of forces in Pleiades, in Orion, in Arcturus, in Mazzaroth – the Zodiacs, the powers of the underworld, the water kingdom.
They are not just praying; they are dealing with white magic, black magic – different levels and dimensions of witchcraft – for total takeover of the world and of our nation,” the cleric, who is a close friend to famous American Bishop T.D. Jakes, brazenly told congregants.
The Coalition of Muslim Organisations in Ghana (COMOG) were quick to condemn the sermon, describing it as “a bundle of reprehensible fallacies and a vicious misrepresentation of Islamic practice of prayers and worship.”
However, it was an entirely different tone when Duncan-Williams met with some Ghanaian Imams, some of whom had challenged him to a debate in lieu of his contentious message.
“I want to apologise to you and to all the Muslim community; I never intended to offend or disrespect your faith,” the Archbishop stated in another clip posted to YouTube. “I deeply regret what has happened. I see it as a misunderstanding; it will not happen again.”
He went further to commend Islam, adding that he often used Muslims as positive examples in his sermons and stressing Christians were to emulate them.
“I use your faith and religion a lot in my preaching as an example of how Christians should follow your discipline, your commitment, your consistency, your spirituality – it’s something that I admire. It’s very unfortunate that it has happened this way.”
Duncan-Williams then begged for ‘forgiveness’ from the Muslims, promising to vigorously study the Koran.
“In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Gracious One, I ask for your forgiveness and trust that this will not happen again. Hereafter, we will meet at a better level. When I have finished studying my Koran, I will meet you,” he declared.
The archbishop’s swift change of mind has elicited different reactions. Ahmed, a Muslim who posted a video comparing Duncan-Williams’ two opposing statements, suggested his sudden reversal of opinion was akin to hypocrisy.
“Here is a big bishop who has come out to deny what he said to his congregation on TV worldwide,” the Muslim student angrily wrote in the description of the YouTube clip he uploaded.
“Let me ask this question - are you saying sorry because of the threats you received? Why is it that when trouble or controversy comes, you are quick to abandon your faith," Ahmed questioned, adding that Muslims are ready to stand for their faith no matter the cost.
Ahmed went further to warn Ghanaian President John Mahama of his relationship with Duncan Williams. “Even our President Mahama used to go to him; he should know that his counselor is a liar,” he said, adding that his admission shows God is not the inspiration behind his sermons.
Duncan-Williams is the presiding General Overseer of Ghana's largest charismatic church, Action Chapel International (ACI), and the President of the National Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches (NACCC) in Ghana.
He is the owner of Dominion TV and boasts a large following on social media, with almost 800,000 Facebook followers.
He has preached regularly on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and brought several prominent American ministers to his church in Ghana, including T.D. Jakes, Paula White, Donnie Mclurkin and Vashawn Mitchell.
Dr Edmund Ayo Ani, Managing Director of Marbles and Granitez, a quarry company, has been picked up by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) in connection with some pictures taken showing vehicles allegedly meant for the NCCE (National Commission for Civic Education), being branded with NDC colours.
His lawyer, Nana Adjei Baffuor, who confirmed the incident on Joy FM's Newsfile on Saturday said his client who is being accused of leaking some pictures was arrested with two of his security men on Friday while at work by a Police SWAT team and taken to the Cantonments Police Station.
The pictures which has gone viral on social media showing at least 50 Mahindra 4x4 vehicles being sprayed in NDC colours at a mechanic shop near his office on the Spintex Road has sparked another round of what some believe is an abuse of office and incumbency ahead of the general elections in November 2016,
Considering the angles of the pictures, it is being inferred that the photos were captured from the Managing Director’s company.
A 25-year-old third year Chemistry student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been sentenced to 10 years in hard labour for robbing a fellow student.
Kennedy Nana Yaw Abrokwa was handed the sentence by the Kumasi Circuit Court presided over by Mrs Mary Nsenkyire on Thursday.
He pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was convicted on his own plea by the court, peacefmonline has reported.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector (C/Inspector) Felix Akowuah, said both the complainant and convict were students of the KNUST studying Law and Chemistry respectively.
On March 19, 2016 between the hours of 6 and 6:30 am, the complainant, Miss Ruby Akua Bour-Donkor, a resident of Gaza Hostel on campus, was on her way to a gym at Ayeduase, close to the university
C/Inspector Akowuah said on reaching a section of the road popularly known as Mango Road, the convict, who was a non-residential student, emerged from the bush and ordered her to surrender her phone to him.
Without waiting for her to comply, he said Abrokwa hit her with his hand and snatched the phone and her sports bag from her hand containing an Iphone 4 phone valued at GHC2, 000; ATM card, driver license, $300 and GHC20.00 and other personal items and run into the nearby bush.
C/Inspector Akowuah said the complainant raised an alarm which attracted people to the scene and the university security man detailed at the Botanic Garden informed about the incident.
According to him, few hours later, the security man managed to arrest the convict at his hideout at the Botanic Garden and had the bag of the complainant with some of the contents on him.
He said Abrokwa later led the security man and other witnesses to where he disposed of the driver’s licence, the ATM card and other ID cards in the garden.
Abrokwa was later handed over to the KNUST police and the complainant also identified the items to be hers.
Barely 24 hours after embarking on a nationwide over unpaid allowances and poor conditions of service, the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) has rescinded its decision.
This comes after a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Haruna Iddrisu.
The minister, according to myjoyonline, had earlier criticised JUSSAG for taking such a decision, arguing that they acted in a rush since they had scheduled to resolve the matter at a meeting soon but was optimistic after the meeting saying JUSSAG will call off the strike.
He is also reported to have hinted that government was soon going to make the judicial service an essential service to prevent them from embarking on another strike in the future.
He expressed his gratitude to the leadership of JUSSAG for acting in good faith and called on individual members of JUSSAG to return to work in order for the judicial system to work effectively.
The National President of JUSSAG, Alex Nartey, said they decided to call off the strike because government has shown enough commitment that their clothing, fuel and other allowances for the first quarter of this year will be paid by Monday, April 4, 2016.
He added that they will also commence negotiations on their conditions of service by Wednesday, April 6, 2016, following the release of a letter from president Mahama giving them the presidential mandate to do the negotiation.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is planning to seek spiritual consultation to determine the cause of the frequent fire outbreaks in the capital.
According to the assembly's Chief Executive, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, although the necessary authorities have and are still carrying out investigations into the cause of some fires in the capital, “we will let the spiritualists, those in that area of operation, dialogue with this.”
Dr Vanderpuije’s comment comes in after Thursday night’s fire which ravaged the Vienna City Night Club at Circle.
The club is located directly opposite the Goil Filling Station near the GCB Towers which was razed down by fire on June 3, 2015 and claimed about 150 lives.
Speaking to Citi FM, Friday morning after touring the accident scene, Dr Vanderpuije noted that, “I think the most important thing at this stage is to look at the cause of the fire from the scientific point, the structural point, all the necessary points, aside from the spiritual point; so they will do their job and they will give us the report. Once we get the report, we will go from there…we will let the spiritualists, those in that area of operation to continue to dialogue with us to see what they need to do.”
In the meantime, Dr Vanderpuije said his outfit would await the investigative report from the police and authorities from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), as well as other security agencies
The Eastern regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bismark Tawiah Boateng and and his regional Youth Organizer, Apau Haruna Owiredu have been banned from entering the Ofori Panin Fie Palace of the Okyehene by the Kyebi Executive Council.
The two NDC officials are alleged to have insulted the Paramount Chief of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional area, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II and the Okyeman stool.
Mr Boateng supported by Apau Haruna Owiredu is reported to have held a press conference to hurl invectives at the Okyehene after he as President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, led a group of chiefs to inspect roads in the region most of which were in a bad state and questioned whether the eminent Chief was the sector Minister for him to have gone on such a tour.
The Council, in their bid enforce the ban, has written to the Eastern Regional Minister Mavis Ama Frimpong who is expected to pay a courtesy call on the Okyehene at his palace on Friday not to bring the two Ken to the palace..
Assistant State Secretary to Akyem Abuakwa Council, D.N Ofori Attah, who confirmed the ban told Kasapa FM's Fiifi Banson that the Council’s decision was to avert any unforeseen incident and ensure peace in the area during the Minister’s visit as many people especially the youth are angry at the two for disrespecting their leader.
“He [Tawiah Boateng] has not shown any remorse and apologized for the invectives he spewed on the Okyehene and as such he is not welcome to Okyehene’s palace.”
“This will serve as a punishment and deterrence to others who think they have the right undermine the sanctity and dignity of the Chieftaincy institution because the last time I checked it was a criminal offence to insult a chief, because as a leader of a regional branch of the ruling party, the first and foremost responsibility looking at the importance of the chieftaincy institution is to uphold its dignity", he added