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Assailants kill chief, son and family head

The Chief of Sota in the Shai Osudoku District of Greater Accra and two others were on Sunday morning shot and killed by some unknown assailants.

The chief, his son and head of family were using a Toyota Corolla vehicle on the Dodowa – Ningo road at the time of the incident.

SEE: Prez Mahama Is Now 'Dr' Mahama; Dedicates Award To Ghanaians

President John Dramani Mahama has  received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree by the University of Aberdeen.

 

The convocation held on Friday at the University's Kings College formed part of the President's working visit to Scotland and the First Lady, Lordina Mahama was there to support her husband.

In accepting the honour, the now President Dr Mahama dedicated the degree to the people of Ghana.

 

"I consider this an honour for all Ghanaians and it is a reflection of the strides we have made as a people, both internationally and at home. I, therefore, dedicate this Doctor of Laws honorary degree to the people of Ghana", were his exact words.

Korle Bu reopens three surgical clinics

 

The three surgical clinics which were shut down for renovation at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in February will re-open for business Monday, March 21, 2016, Primenews.com.gh understands.

EP Church to recover assets from Global Evangelical Church

A Ho High Court on  Monday ordered for the recovery of assets belonging to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana (EPCG), which were unlawfully being used by the Global Evangelical Church. This followed a suit filed at the High Court on August 19, 2015, by a group calling itself the Defenders of the Faith within the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana (EPCG) indicting the Moderator, the Clerk, and the Presbyter Executive of the EPCG, as well as the Registered Trustees of the Global Evangelical Church for misuse of the EP Church assets.

JB Danquah murder suspect cries out over poor treatment

Daniel Asiedu, the alleged killer of the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye-Danquah-Adu, has told a court in Accra that he is still being treated unfairly despite an order to the police to ensure his rights are protected.

Smarttys to sue media houses over “false” reports

 

Lawyers for Smarttys Managment and Production, are threatening legal action against media houses, for, according to them, “mischievously” associating their client with “a supposed $92m contract under the national electrification project”.

Akufo-Addo condemns Cote d’Ivoire terrorist attack

 

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, has condemned the terrorist attack on beach resorts at Grand Bassam in Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, which killed 16 persons.

In a statement published on Facebook on Monday, Nana Addo said he was saddened by news of the attack, which he described as despicable and cowardly.

 “Like all Ghanaians, I have been deeply shocked and saddened by Sunday's news of a terrorist attack on the ancient Ivorian town of Grand Bassam, which led to the tragic loss of 16 lives and left dozens injured.

“I condemn these despicable and cowardly attacks, and extend my deepest condolences to the families of the dead and wounded, Nana Addo wrote.

He said: “This attack confirms the fears of many that terrorists are widening their scope of operations in West Africa, with Mali and Burkina Faso being recent targets, and is a stark reminder of the threat of global terrorism. We are, therefore, duty bound, as a member state of ECOWAS and as peaceful neighbours of the good people of Cote d’Ivoire, to help combat this menace.

“The Ivorian people, and, indeed, my good friend, President Alassane Ouattara, have the solidarity of all Ghanaians and of all peace-loving people in Africa. In times like these, citizens of Côte d'Ivoire need to be assured with deeds, not just words, that the world stands with them and stands ready to support them in the necessary fight against such evil.

“God bless Cote d’Ivoire, God bless Ghana and God bless Mother Africa."

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the attacks on at least three hotels in the Grand Bassam beach resort area.

Alassane Ouattara, Ivorian president, told reporters that  as many as 14 civilians and two special forces soldiers died during the assault. Six of the assailants were killed by government forces. At least four Europeans were among the civilians killed. The rest are believed to be locals. Witnesses said the gunmen arrived on foot, wearing hooded masks.

The Grand Bassam area, a UNESCO world heritage site just 25 miles away from Abidjan, the commercial capital, is popular with expatriates and locals.