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Nigeria slams Ghana over ‘harassment of its citizens’
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Nigeria slams Ghana over ‘harassment of its citizens’

Nigeria has criticised what it calls the "incessant harassment of its citizens in Ghana and the progressive acts of hostility towards the country by Ghanaian authorities". The statement from Information Minister Lai Mohammed says Nigerians in Ghana are "being made... objects of ridicule". He lists a number of issues including: The demolition in June of a property belonging to the Nigerian diplomatic mission in the capital, Accra. Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo apologised over the incidentThe "aggressive and incessant deportation" of NigeriansThe closure of shops belonging to Nigerians. Mr Mohammed says the Nigerian government is "considering a number of options aimed at ameliorating the situation" but does not say what those are. Earlier this week, Ghana’s Foreign Minist...
Major police operation at Berlin school with ‘students barricaded inside’
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Major police operation at Berlin school with ‘students barricaded inside’

A major police operation is underway at a school in Berlin with reports of students barricaded inside. Police have confirmed they are at the scene of the Max Taut Schule and are searching the school after an alarm was triggered just after 10am. Reports online claim that students 'barricaded' inside classrooms were banned from talking, were crying and afraid. One student said he barricaded himself inside the toilets. Police have now told parents to gather nearby as they aim to lead classes out of the building, one at a time. Officers had asked people nearby not to leave their homes as the scene was cordoned off. A photograph from the scene shows a large group of armed police with reports saying officers from a special task force are on site. One person claimed on socia...
Dreams FC capture Joseph Esso on free transfer
Sports

Dreams FC capture Joseph Esso on free transfer

Ghana Premier league side, Dreams FC yesterday announced the signing of Hearts of Oak striker Joseph Esso on a free transfer. The 23-year old’s deal will see him stay at the Dawu-based side until 2022 with the financial details on the deal undisclosed by both parties. Esso was released earlier this month by the ‘Phobians’ alongside four other players after contract talks for an extension of his stay fell through ending his three- year stay at the club. An attempt by Hearts supporters high hierarchy to salvage the situation proved futile enabling the ‘still believe’ boys to capture the 23-year old. In a stunning video and first interview released by the club, Esso expressed his excitement to have joined the Dawu- based club describing them as one of the best and organized clubs...
Police gun down carjackers
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Police gun down carjackers

Police on Thursday gunned-down two persons suspected to be carjackers at Asamankese in the Eastern Region during a gun battle. The deceased, who had not been identified, were said to have snatched a Nissan Murano vehicle at gun point in Accra in the early hours of Thursday and travelled to Asamankese. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge, Head of Public Affairs Unit, Accra Regional Police Command, said this in a press release made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra. She said the two sustained gun-shot wounds in a shot-out with the police, which resulted in their deaths. She said the police had, however, arrested Erasmus Somuah Sekyie, their accomplice, and was assisting in investigations. DSP Tenge said the Nissan Murano had been retrieved and the bodies ...
Police wives embark on demonstration
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Police wives embark on demonstration

Police Wives at the Cocoa Marketing Board (CMB) Barracks in Accra on Thursday embarked on a demonstration over the pulling down of trees at the compound by a private building contractor. Madam Joyce Amponsah, who spoke on behalf of the Police wives, told the media that they heard an excavator pulling down trees on their compound around 0300 hours on Thursday. “We started screaming at the operators to stop,” adding that their husbands who were not on night duty at the time confronted the contractor. Madam Amponsah said the people who were pulling down the trees were reluctant to stop because they were authorized by one Mr Kwame Owusu, a building contractor, to do the job so they could not disobey his orders. She said the operators later left but they were afraid their children ...
Trader in court for allegedly raping a female porter
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Trader in court for allegedly raping a female porter

A 26-year-old trader, Enoch Ofori has been remanded into police custody by the Adjabeng District Court for allegedly raping an 18-year-old female Porter at a spot near the Korle Lagoon in Accra.   Charged with rape the court presided over by Ms Felicia Amane Antwi preserved Ofori's plea. He is expected to reappear on September 14 pending further investigations into the case. The Prosecution led by Detective Inspector Simon Terkpor said the complainant name withheld is a porter at CMB Accra but resides at Konkomba market also in Accra. Detective Inspector Terkpor said the suspect resides at Kwahu Praso in the Eastern Region but comes to CMB to trade. Prosecution said on August 24, this year, the suspect saw the victim at about 0300 hours and sought her services to carry s...
GES to review mobile phone usage in schools
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GES to review mobile phone usage in schools

Stakeholders in the education sector are considering reviewing the ban on mobile phone usage in schools. Mrs Esther Jones Safo, Ga North Municipal Director of Education, who disclosed this in Accra on Thursday, said the review would be done so that mobile phones could be used strictly for academic purposes. She said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after the inauguration and swearing in of Executive Members of the Ga North Municipality Conference of Heads of Basic Schools (COHBS) at Pokuase in the Greater Accra Region. The inauguration was on the theme: “Providing Quality Education in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic, the Role of the Head Teacher.” COHBS seeks to bring together head teachers within the various directorates to share experiences, ideas, concerns and...
NPP urged not to be complacent in Western Region
Politics

NPP urged not to be complacent in Western Region

The Governance Research Bureau on Thursday cautioned the New Patriotic Party (NPP) against the belief that it will win the Western Region in the 2020 Election as it did in 2016. Rather, the Bureau said, the NPP should research into the factors that led to the loss of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Region and learn lessons from them because they found themselves in a similar situation as the NDC in 2016. This was contained in a statement jointly signed and issued in Accra by Dr Kwame Asah Asante and Dr Ezekiel Nortey, both resource persons from the Bureau. It said in the 2016 Presidential Election, the NPP’s average votes of 482,000 in the Western Region, since 1992, shot up dramatically to 500,000, while that of the NDC’s average vote of 520,000 dropped to 482,000....
Ghana records 19,000 new HIV/AIDS cases in 2018-NACP
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Ghana records 19,000 new HIV/AIDS cases in 2018-NACP

The National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) 2019 HIV Sentinel Survey Report said  Ghana recorded 19,000 new HIV/AIDS cases with an estimated 14,000 deaths in 2018. Dr Stephen Ayisi Addo, the Programme Manager of the National AIDS/STI Control Programme, said in 2019 the routine deaths dropped marginally to 11,797 and in 2020, between January and June, Ghana had recorded 798 deaths.         People living with HIV in 2019 totaled 339,727 but rose to 345,534 in 2020. Dr Addo, at the launch of the Sentinel Report, said the Bono Region had taken the lead as the region with the highest prevalence followed by the Greater Accra Region, with the Oti Region recording the least. The Report was to determine the HIV and syphilis prevalence among Anti-Natal Care (ANC) an...
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