Unemployed man accused of stealing ECG core cable copper, remanded

A 31-year-old unemployed man who allegedly stole an ECG core cable copper has been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court. Mr Geoffrey Obuobi is also said to have caused damage to a core cable copper valued GHS1, 900, a property of ECG. Mr Obuobi, charged with intentionally interfering with the suppliers’ distribution meter, causing unlawful damage, stealing pleaded guilty. The Court presided over by Mr Samuel Bright Acquah, after listening to the explanation of the accused person, entered not guilty. It, therefore, remanded the accused person into Police custody to reappear on June 30, 2023. The facts as narrated by Mr Paul Assibi Abariga, prosecuting, are that the complainant Mr Francis Quansah. is a staff of ECG, Roman Ridge, Accra while the accused person was a resident of Nima. The prosecution said the Accra East District of ECG had been experiencing rampant stealing of electrical cables in its transformers at Nima and its environs. It said on June 9, 2023, some copper cables were stolen from ECG transformer at Nima and they were replaced to give electric power to customers. The prosecution said on June 13, 2023, the complainant and a team of technician went to work on the same ECG transformer. It said when the complainant and the team left the place, the accused person went to the transformer and cut core cable I × 185 copper. The prosecution said the alarm was raised and the accused person was arrested by the people in the neighbourhood with ECG core cable 1 × 185 copper valued GHS 1, 900.00 in his hands, trying to run away. The accused person was handed over to Nima Police and later referred to the ECG for investigation. The prosecution said the accused person denied the offence in his caution statement to the Police.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Labourer jailed 24 months for stealing

An Adentan Circuit Court has sentenced a 23-year-old labourer to 24 months imprisonment for stealing a Sintex tank valued at GHC6,000. Evan Opoku is said to have emptied the poly tank and rolled same on the ground. Charged with unlawful entry and stealing, Opoku pleaded guilty. The court presided over by Mrs Sedinam Awo Balokah convicted Opoku on his plea and sentenced him accordingly. It sentenced Opoku to 12 months on the charge of unlawful entry and 24 months on the charge of stealing. The sentences are to run concurrently. The prosecution led by Inspector Eric Ransford Abban said the complainant was a director of a firm in Accra residing at Borteiman while the accused person, now convict, resided at Aviation, Adenta. The prosecution said the complainant owned a seedlings farm around Adenta Aviation and had employed a witness in the case as a caretaker. It said the complainant had a 5,00 litre Sintex water tank for storing water in the farm. On June 12, 2023, at about 7:00pm, the caretaker locked the gate and went to town to buy food and on his return, he detected that the Sintex water tank valued at GHC6,000 had been stolen. The prosecution said the caretaker informed the complainant and the matter was reported to the Police. While the matter was under investigation, the prosecution said the complainant had information that on June 12, 2013, at about 7:30 pm, the accused person was seen rolling the said water tank away. It said the accused person was, therefore, picked up by the Police.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Two persons accused of conspiracy to commit crime granted GH?100,000.00 bail

Two persons who allegedly conspired to commit a crime by robbing an electrician have been granted GH?100,000.00 bail each with three sureties each. The accused persons are Evans Kofi Ackah Mensah, an actor and Eric Mensah, a bus conductor. They were jointly held for conspiracy to commit a crime, to wit robbery and to attempt to commit a crime. All the accused persons pleaded not guilty. The Court presided over by Mrs Evelyn Asamoah admitted the accused person to GH?100,000.00 bail each with three sureties each. It directed that two of the sureties should be justified by movable or immovable property. The prosecution was also directed by the Court to file and serve all witness statements and disclosure before the next adjourned date. The matter has been adjourned to July 3, 2023. Police Chief Inspector Clement Takyi, prosecuting, narrated to the Court that the complainant Mr Francis Ameza who resided at Baatsonaa is an electrician, while the accused persons were residents of New York Aviation, Ashaiman. The prosecution said on May 30, 2023, at about 1930 hours, the complainant who had closed from work was walking along the main Spintex road towards home. It said upon reaching the Mawako restaurant area, he made a phone call and whiles on it, Evans who was in charge of an unregistered Royal 150 motorbike pulled over beside him. The prosecution said Eric, who was the pillion rider, held the complainant’s Apple iPhone XR mobile phone and attempted to snatch it in such a manner to put him in fear of harm. It said the complainant resisted and shouted for help and the accused persons sensing danger sped off. The prosecution said luck however eluded them as they ran the motorbike into a moving Mercedes Benz Sprinter bus. It said the accused persons fell to the ground and were apprehended and handed over to Police. The prosecution said a formal complaint was made the same day and the accused persons were detained to assist in the investigation. It said the accused persons in their caution statements in the presence of an independent witness admitted to the offences.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Develop strong codes of ethics against sexual harassments, others – Lawyer urges organisations

Mrs Yamfoah Amua-Sekyi, a Legal Practitioner, has urged organisations to be tough on issues of sexual harassments at workplaces to weed the canker out of the Ghanaian society. She, therefore, proposed that organisations prepare strong codes of ethics and conducts for staff, to deter potential offenders from carrying out their motives. She said such codes of ethics and conducts must be strictly enforced, adding that, regardless of an employee’s stature within the organisation, should they be found guilty of sexually harassing a colleague or staff member there should be immediate consequences. ‘There should be a clear zero tolerance policy towards sexual harassment in organisations,’ she said. Mrs Amua-Sekyi was speaking at a workshop on the topic: ‘ Sexual Harassment, Abuse and the Laws on it, Ghana’s Perspective,’ organised for some 36 religious leaders and individuals from across some regions, in Accra. The purpose of the workshop was to, among other things, equip them with the requisite knowledge to be change agents by disseminating such information to their peers and society. It was organised by the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally affected by HIV and AIDS (INERELA+ Ghana), a non-governmental organisation. Section 3(2) of the Domestic Violence Act, 2007, (Act 732) states that ‘any found of this, is liable on summary conviction to a fine not more than 500 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than two years or both.’ Mrs Amua-Sekyi expressed concern about the interference by the public, especially opinion leaders in abuse cases, stressing that such interferences prevented the laws from working. She, therefore, appealed to Ghanaians to allow the State to handle such cases, bring perpetrators to book to serve as deterrent to others. ‘We do have a lot of laws in Ghana. When you go into the Domestic Violence Act, you will see that it talks about harassement, it talks about all kinds of abuse, not just sexual abuse but physical abuse, economic abuse, all kinds of abuse, then we come to sexual abuse and their laws, and so if you run foul of the law, the law will work. And if the Police do their work as it is which they do, if we the citizens don’t go interfering because mostly that is what happen. ‘When something happens, you will the same citizens going in to interfere with the work of the Police. But, if we leave the Police to do their work, we will find out that all the laws that we find in other jurisdictions we have in this country, and it works very well,’ she started. Mrs Amua-Sekyi who is also the Director of Public Education at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) urged victims of such abuses not to hesitate to report these cases to the Commission for appropriate measures to be taken against the culprit. Mrs Paulina Louisa Essel, a Licenced Counsellor, said mental health remained a major health concern in the country. Speaking on the topic: ‘Mental Health: Addressing it in Our Current State,’ she said mental health, despite being one of the most spoken about health condition in recent times, there was still lack of awareness as to when a person should seek assistance. ‘One of the problems people face when it comes to seeking help for mental health is that they do not know when to seek help. The lack of awareness is so prominent that most people do not even understand the difference between mental health and mental illness,’ she said. Mrs Essel, therefore, advised individuals with such issues to ‘work closely with a doctor or psychologist who can help them identify their needs and provide them with suitable treatment.’ Mrs Mercy Acquah-Hayford, National Coordinator for INERELA+ Ghana, advised survivors of any form of abuse, especially sexual abused not to allow such cases to be addressed at home, rather they must allow the law to take its course to serve as deterrent.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Akatsi Murder: Avenor Traditional Council places GHC10,000 bounty, calls for vigilance

The Avenor Traditional Council has announced a prize money of GHC10,000 for any person who provides credible information leading to the arrest of the murderers of Mr Mandela Nelson Zanu. ‘The youth and all other persons who have information should give it to the Police to help expedite their resolution of the murder. Here I want to call on the Akatsi South Police Command to ensure the confidentiality of their informants.’ Togbe Dorglo Anumah VI, President of the Avenor Traditional Council and the Paramount Chief of the Avenor Traditional Area made the disclosure at a press briefing at Akatsi on Friday, June 23 relating to some recent killing incidents within the Traditional Area. Togbe Dorglo in his address, assured the Police of the Council’s support in the discharge of their mandatory duties such as invading all the drug dens to root out all suspected criminals in the area. ‘In this context, those of us who have strangers in our houses should endeavor to be the ears and eyes of safety and security. There should be renewed efforts to support personnel of the Ghana Police Service in the Municipality to go after criminals and ensure that there is law and order.’ Togbe Dorglo further hinted that the Traditional Council in partnership with Municipal Assembly, the Avenor Senior Peers Chambers, have planned to organise a stakeholder meeting to address what he called the ‘parlous state of security’ in the Municipality and the recurrent Police-Civilian tension experienced in recent times. The press briefing, which was held at Viva Vegas Hotel, was preceded by an emergency meeting with the Chiefs and queen mothers of Avenor, and leadership of the Akatsi Youth Parliament, where resolutions by the Council were made. Among the resolutions was the calling off a planned demonstration by the Youth Parliament slated for Monday, June 26. ‘The planned demonstration organised by the Akatsi South Youth Parliament should be called off with immediate effect, as it is feared that fall outs of the intended demonstration may have the unintended consequence if diverting focus from the ongoing investigation into the murder of Mandela Zanu. ‘The Traditional Council also expresses its deep condolences to the spouse, children, and the entire family of the deceased, who was the CEO of Nezu Yayra Ventures. ‘The Council wishes to express appreciation to the Police Commander, fellow Council members, the Municipal Chief Executive, Member of Parliament, Family members of the deceased, the Akatsi South Youth Parliament, Akatsi Community Youth Group, and all other actors who have been busy ensuring the peace and order of the Akatsi South Municipality since the unfortunate incident occurred on June 20, 2023.’ The Council has since called for calm, stating, the case remained a criminal matter which falls squarely within the remit of the duties of personnel of the Ghana Police Service.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government forces kill five men in Ekona

At least five men were summarily executed on Saturday June 24, 2023, by government forces in Ekona, Muyuka subdivision, South West region, CNA confirmed from videos and witnesses.

Houses were also set on fire.

“The guys were in a friend’s house, discussing and entertaining themselves. The military surrounded the house and shot them at close range. After k!lling them, some were b*tchered with axe,” a witness who visited the scene said.

CNA was able to review videos and pictures from the scene, confirming the authenticity.

“My neighbors son was among the victims,” another source added.

Videos show a man axed in his jaw while others had bullets ripped into their bodies.

No one has explained what provoked the killing. Surrounding residents have been helping to gather their corpses.

Earlier on June 21, a news blog handled by a separatist group announced that government forces were going to attack Ekona.

State sponsored Activists on their part shared pictures of the incident, insinuating that those killed were separatists who gathered to celebrate the birthday of a fighter popularly called Sagat.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Mental arithmetic is key to children’s critical thinking skills development

Mr Girish Gurbani, Director, Maurya Education, says mental arithmetic is the cornerstone for developing critical thinking skills in children. He said countless studies had shown that mental arithmetic stimulated various regions of the brain, leading to the development of key cognitive skills such as attention, memory, and spatial awareness. Mr Gurbani said this at the 12 National Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) Competition held at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Kasoa, for pupils to prove their brain prowess. This year, over two thousand pupils from various regions converged at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Kasoa to participate. It was under the theme: ‘Developing critical thinkers, the role of mental arithmetic’. The Director said the skills, coupled with the ability to perform complex mental calculations, enabled children to approach challenges with confidence, resilience, and a growth mind-set. Hence, he said it was imperative to equip children at the early stage with the tools required to navigate through life successfully in the rapidly evolving world, where problem-solving, analytical thinking, and decision-making were paramount. Mr Gurbani noted that by fostering the love for mathematics through mental calculation, children became more confident and proficient in handling numbers, boosting their overall mathematical ability, which made learning mathematics an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. The Director said Maurya Education was committed to providing a comprehensive and structured curriculum that harnessed the power of mental arithmetic to develop critical thinkers. ‘We understand that every child is unique and learns at their own pace, therefore, our programmes are tailored to cater to individual needs, ensuring optimal growth and development,’ he stated. Mr Gurbani encouraged parents to invest in their children by introducing them to UCMAS to develop their brains rapidly for them to get better opportunities in the future. ‘UCMAS is the most affordable brain development programme around the word… And that is why parents in Ghana are sending their children to us and in the last three years, our numbers are growing significantly,’ he said. The Director called on Government to support them to promote UCMAS in more public schools to provide all Ghanaian children a better future. Mr Roger Ohemeng, Business Development Director, Maurya Education, said Africa needed critical thinkers to develop. He said for the children to be tomorrow’s leaders, they must serve, learn and excel to be critical in dealing with all situations of life. The Business Development Director said Maurya Education aimed to empower children between the ages of five to 14 with the invaluable skill of mental arithmetic, recognising its role in shaping young minds and cultivating crucial cognitive abilities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Cameroonians trapped in St Kitts demand release

Some 14 survivors of a boat accident in St Kitts, near Texas, USA, have demanded to be released. The Cameroonians who said they were fleeing from armed conflict in the Anglophone regions, have been held in detention centers since the incident in March.

On March 28, 2923, about 30 passengers were onboard a fishing boat that sank in the Caribbean off the coast of St Kitts. At least 3 people died and 13 went missing after the boat capsized.

Of the 14 survivors, all Cameroonians, 3 are women, 4 are teachers, with the majority coming from Lebialem division in the South West region.

The victims say they have been held for too long in detention centers. They want to:

Freedom to get our United Nations ID cards.

Freedom to speak with US Embassy and US Congress.

Freedom to get home to our community in Texas.

The founder of the Cameroon American Council, Sylvie Ngassa Qwasinwi Bello, told CNA that “I am a sailor myself. So their survival stories are so improbable.” She confirmed that she has been advocating for their plights to be heard by the US.

Source: Cameroon News Agency