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A naked fugitive prisoner receives four years in jail

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The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Joseph Lartey, informed the court that the complainant, Superintendent Bright Gbogbo, was the second in command at Tarkwa Local Prison, and Abdella was a remand prisoner in a robbery case. He said that the inmates' bathroom in the prison yard was not roofed and was merely protected by razor wire mesh coiled around wooden bars attached to the walls. On December 1, 2023, at around 1430 hours, Abdella climbed over the razor wire mesh and jumped over the prison walls entirely nude in an attempt to escape.

The Tarkwa Circuit Court condemned a prisoner, Fataw Abdella, who fled from legitimate prison custody naked to four years in jail with hard labour.

Despite pleading guilty to the accusation, Abdella asked the presiding judge, Mrs Hathia Ama Manu, to temper justice with pity since he had been deceived by a fellow prisoner.

However, the court stressed to Abdella that the purpose of punishment was to discourage future criminals like him and to protect the country.

The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Joseph Lartey, informed the court that the complainant, Superintendent Bright Gbogbo, was the second in command at Tarkwa Local Prison, and Abdella was a remand prisoner in a robbery case.

He said that the inmates’ bathroom in the prison yard was not roofed and was merely protected by razor wire mesh coiled around wooden bars attached to the walls.

On December 1, 2023, at around 1430 hours, Abdella climbed over the razor wire mesh and jumped over the prison walls entirely nude in an attempt to escape.

According to Chief Inspector Lartey, several jail officials on duty recognised Abdella and raised the alarm by blowing the emergency siren, which drew additional policemen and members of the public to catch him.

He said Abdella bolted through the Cyanide village and railway quarters on his way to the Tarkwa Banso road, but a jail guard captured him and took him back to the prison yard with the help of a cab driver.

According to the prosecutor, the event was reported to police, and during the inquiry, Abdella brought them to the crime site and explained how he mounted the wall.

Abdella was about to stand trial in the same court for his earlier robbery accusation.

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NAGRAT advocates for reconsideration of the Free SHS policy

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According to a research by Africa Education Watch, the average government spending on Senior High School (SHS) pupils between 2017/18 and 2021/22 academic years. The survey found that the government paid GH¢1,241 per student under the Free SHS regime, whereas parents spent GH¢4,185 annually throughout the same period. This underlined the government's policy issues, as its budget credibility rating steadily fell over the 2019/20 and 2021/22 academic years. Based on this backdrop, NAGRAT is certain that a review will alleviate the burden on parents.

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has urged for a reconsideration of the policy so that parents who can afford it can pay their children’s tuition and other expenditures.

The Association feels that this will reduce part of the government’s burden.

According to research by Africa Education Watch, the average government spending on Senior High School (SHS) pupils between 2017/18 and 2021/22 academic years.

The survey found that the government paid GH¢1,241 per student under the Free SHS regime, whereas parents spent GH¢4,185 annually throughout the same period.

This underlined the government’s policy issues, as its budget credibility rating steadily fell over the 2019/20 and 2021/22 academic years.
Based on this backdrop, NAGRAT is certain that a review will alleviate the burden on parents.

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Chiefs stage demonstration against mining near Kwanyarko Water Works

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Local leaders led the community members in their intense opposition to the proposed mining project, citing probable environmental damage and the threat to their principal supply of water as grounds. Agona Kwanyarko is strongly reliant on the waterworks for clean and safe drinking water, and any disruption to its operation might have serious effects for the population.

Chiefs and villagers of Agona Kwanyarko, in the Central Region’s Agona East District, have taken to the streets to protest President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Minerals Commission.

The rally is in response to the government’s stated plans to start mining near the Agona Kwanyarko water facilities.

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Local leaders led the community members in their intense opposition to the proposed mining project, citing probable environmental damage and the threat to their principal supply of water as grounds.

Agona Kwanyarko is strongly reliant on the waterworks for clean and safe drinking water, and any disruption to its operation might have serious effects on the population.

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During the demonstration, protestors held banners and chanted slogans protesting the government’s decision to allow mining near the waterworks.

They emphasised the importance of preserving their natural resources and demanded urgent action to prohibit any mining activity that threatened their access to pure water.

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NCA closes down four radio stations in Bawku

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The violence has resulted in the loss of life and property in Bawku and the neighbouring districts. Invoking its powers under Section 13(1)(e) of the Electronic Communications Act of 2008 (Act 775), the NCA justified the closure as necessary for national security and the public good. This clause gives the Authority the authority to suspend or revoke licences or frequency authorizations if it deems it necessary for national security or the public interest. In a statement, the NCA reiterated its commitment to working with key stakeholders and asked all parties concerned to carefully follow the rules and laws that govern the communications business.

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has shut down four FM radio stations in Bawku, Upper East Region.

The targeted stations, Bawku FM, Source FM, Zahra FM, and Gumah FM, were shuttered after Upper East Regional Security Council recommendations and Ministry of National Security instructions.

Concerns over the Radio Stations’ activities, as well as provocative statements made by its panellists and presenters, have reportedly contributed to the escalation of the Bawku violence.

The violence has resulted in the loss of life and property in Bawku and the neighbouring districts.

Invoking its powers under Section 13(1)(e) of the Electronic Communications Act of 2008 (Act 775), the NCA justified the closure as necessary for national security and the public good.

This clause gives the Authority the authority to suspend or revoke licences or frequency authorizations if it deems it necessary for national security or the public interest.

In a statement, the NCA reiterated its commitment to working with key stakeholders and asked all parties concerned to carefully follow the rules and laws that govern the communications business.

Click here to read the full statement

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