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J.B. Danquah Killer Survives Poisoning Attempt In Cells

Daniel Asiedu, the 20-year-old accused of killing the late Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Mr. Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, has survived an attempt to poison him in BNI cells, the Accra Magistrate Court hearing has heard.

Jake To Be Buried On April 22

The family of the late Jacob Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey,  former National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, have revealed the arrangements for his funeral.

Bride Collapses As Groom Is Busted At Wedding For Robbery

The wedding day of Rebecca Buah which was supposed to be memorable turned out to be a disappointing one as her groom, Aaron Ackah, midway into the ceremony was arrested by the police leading to her reportedly collapsing.

The 30-year-old groom is alleged to have robbed a Chinese small scale  of GH¢ 18,000 after inflicting numerous knife wounds on him at Aniamote in the Wassa Amenfi District of the Western Region

The wedding ceremony which was taking place at the Aldersgate Methodist Church at West Anaji in the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis on Saturday April 2, 2016 had to end abruptly after policeman led by a civilian stormed the the grounds just when the couple had finished exchanging their marital vows and left many of the shocked guests weeping and wailing, starrfmonline reported.

The officiating minister was just about to usher them into the wearing of ring when two plain-clothed police officers who had been detailed from Bogoso entered suddenly and whisked the groom away after properly identifying himself.

The suspect has since been taken to Prestea for further investigations.

Man Tortured To Death For Refusing To Consult Shrine Over Theft

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.

Police Dispatch Rider Jumps Traffic Light, Gets Knocked By Car

A police dispatch rider was knocked down by a car on Saturday afternoon after allegedly jumpeing the red light at the Expo 67 Junction in Accra.

Eyewitnesses, according to citifmonline, said the officer, who was moving from the Mamobi Traffic Light area, refused to stop when the traffic lights turned red.

In the process, he crashed with a Pontiac Vibe that was moving towards the main road from the Expo 67 Junction and was hurriedly rushed to the hospital to receive treatment.

The police officer is reported  to have denied jumping the red light explaining that he had already moved before it turned red.

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams begs Muslims after labelling them sorcerers

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.

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BNI Picks Up MD For Leaking Photos Of NCCE/NDC Cars

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.

Below are more of the photos:

 

 

53-Yr-Old Man Butchers Sister Over Late Father's House

Police in Kaneshie have arrested a fifty-three-year-old man for allegedly butchering his step sister.

The suspect, according to police reports, was arguing with his step sister, identified as Alwine Kuevor, over a house left to them by their deceased father at Kaneshie when the incident occurred.

Alwine sustained wounds on her legs, hands and back and also had her forefinger chopped off.

She is currently at the intensive care unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital receiving treatment.

ASP Effia Tengey, Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, who according Daily Guide confirmed the incident, said the incident occurred on March 24, 2016 at Kaneshie.

She said the police received a report from the daughter of the victim that her mother had been butchered by her uncle.

The victim, before the report was lodged, was rushed to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for treatment.

While investigating the matter, it came to light that the two were fighting over a house left for them by the deceased father.

Before the demise of their father, both Kafui Kuevor and Alwine were living with their father.

But they started having a misunderstanding over the house after their father’s death.

On March 24, 2016 around 7:30 pm, the two engaged in a fight, according to the police officer.

In the course of the misunderstanding, Kafui allegedly rushed into his room and picked up a cutlass to butcher his sister.

Daughter of the victim, who went to the rescue of her mother, was also inflicted with cutlass wounds but she was treated and discharged at the same hospital.

Kafui is still in police custody while the matter is under investigation.

KNUST Student, 25, Jailed 10 Yrs For Robbing Fellow Student

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.