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Presby gets new Moderator

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana on Wednesday, August 24, 2106, at its 16th General Assembly held at Abetifi, Kwahu in the Eastern Region, elected Reverend  Professor Cephas Narh Omenyo to succeed outgoing moderator, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey.

Obinim’s “melodrama” arranged to over shadow Montie 3 chronicle – Atta Akyea

The entire “melodrama” involving Bishop Daniel Obinim is a strategy by the powers that be to dissuade the attention of Ghanaians from the Montie 3 epic, counsel for Bishop Daniel Obinim, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, disclosed to Class FM

Bishop Obinim was arrested on Tuesday by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service for defrauding a man to a tune of GHS11.6 million in gold earnings. Hundreds of his church members have massed up at the Nima Police station to demand his release.

 Lawyer for the accused Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea, however, has expressed uncertainties about how his client is being treated as a “common criminal” to overshadow the “topical” Montie 3 saga in which President John Mahama remitted the remainder of the four-month jail term of contemnors Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Maase (Mugabe).

“What was very sad for me was that a man who has voluntarily gone to the police station and you handcuff him, you could see today he’s been at the front pages of the Ghanaian Times and the Daily Graphic as if the nation hasn’t got anything serious to discuss, as if they need this kind of pictures to overshadow the Montie FM issues and I’m embarrassed by it, I don’t think that the nation should stoop that low, we have more serious things to look at, not Obinim’s matters.”

According to the Lawyer,  fraud allegations are ordinary issues which need not be gusted out of proportion for propaganda purposes. “They are normal things, if you’ve practiced criminal law before, they are very normal, fraud and even murder, so if you look at priority and what is important to Ghana, do not make normal things extraordinary, if you did that then you have a motive.”

“If you look at what is topical, it’s as if this is supposed to overshadow issues concerning the pardoning of these individuals [Montie 3] so, please this is my view and I think they’ve made it too melodramatic. A man who is known and notorious should be handcuffed, what for, where is running to? Do you know who is supposed to be handcuffed? The hardened criminals who they’ve been searching for years and when they are so arrested, for fear that they might bolt, they handcuff them, so what is the drama about, what is it that somebody is trying to secure? I don’t understand.”

According to the counsel for the accused, even if “due process was followed” in carrying out the arrest of his client, “the drama and propaganda was needless.” “You don’t handcuff somebody who you know is decent, that’s what it is, He is not a hardened criminal to be handcuffed and then used on the front pages of newspapers as if this is the most important issue that happened to Ghana. Treating him like common criminal is not dignifying,” he cautioned 

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Petition to free Dr Ali-Gabass started

Members and friends of incarcerated Former Medical Director of Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Sekondi Dr. Ali Gabass , have appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to show compassion and pardon him.OO

EC and stakeholders evaluate reforms since Supreme Court admonishment

The Electoral Commission (EC) has rolled out series of reforms to ensure free and transparent elections come December 7.

The reforms, totaling 27, were arrived at after a Special Reform Committee was set up by the EC to unify various recommendations made by the Supreme Court during the 2012 election petition.

The committee was made up of representatives of the political parties, governance institutions, faith-based organisations and civil society organisations.

At an editor’s forum organised by the EC on Tuesday, Chairperson of the Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, noted that all the reforms were accepted but for two. 

1. That membership of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) should be expanded to include civil society organisations.

2. That there should be no voting without biometric verification.

The first, was rejected by the EC on the grounds that, IPAC should remain the platform for engaging political parties only. The CSOs may continue to attend IPAC meetings as observers but not as members.

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On the second, the EC maintained that in the event of a false rejection of a voter by the Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs), provision should be made for manual verification to prevent disenfranchisement of voters by the equipment.

click on the here to read all the reforms by the Electoral Commission

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Police Inspector arrested for training armed robbers

A policeman has been picked up by the Tema Regional Police for training suspected armed robbers at the Ramseyer Site at Community 3. The police inspector, whose real name has been kept secret, is said to be the kingpin who recruits and trains people as armed robbers in the area.

Sources close to DAILY GUIDE told the police that the officer had been taking suspected criminals through weapon handling, aim shooting and defence shooting, among others, at the discovered shooting range in the farmland. He is said to be in his late 40s and popularly known as Aboa Kese among service personnel in the Tema Region.

It is alleged that the police officer supplies supposed armed robbers with guns and ammunition after taking them through rigorous training in the bush. Confirming the arrest to DAILY GUIDE, Tema Regional Police spokeswoman, ASP Juliana Obeng, indicated that the suspect is in police custody assisting with investigations. According to her, the suspect was picked up based on information they received from some informants. She claimed that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Tema Regional Police Command was handling the matter.

A team of police detectives on Monday visited the private shooting range as part of their investigations into the matter that has generated a row between some residents and the police as to whether the murdered person in the course of the police operation is an armed robber. Police further discovered some used ammunition in a drain and some destroyed empty plastic bottles on a muddy hill where the suspects were said to be undergoing the training.

It was revealed that the suspected armed robbers position the empty bottles on the muddy ground and fire them. On Saturday, August 20, 2016, police in Tema uncovered a shooting range at the Ramseyer Site that was said to be the training ground for suspected armed robbers. The clandestine training ground became known after the police had shot dead a suspected armed robber and arrested two others who were said to have engaged a police patrol team in a shootout at the area.

A search conducted at the improvised shooting range, according to the police, revealed a shot gun dubbed, Trust Super Halcon, a total of 72 AAA empty cartridges and several empty plastic bottles that were said to have been used as targets by the suspects. Daily guide reports

Accommodation crisis hits Swedru Government Hospital

The Management of the Swedru Municipal Government Hospital has expressed grave concern about the critical accommodation predicament facing medical officers, nurses and paramedical staffs of the hospital.