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Do your politics and let us do ours – police to the NPP and NDC



Do your politics and let us do ours - police to the NPP and NDC

As part of its efforts to maintain decorum on the country’s political landscape, the police administration has engaged the leaders of the two major parties in discussions about how to best defuse political tensions.

On Monday, April 17, 2023, the Inspector General of Police convened a meeting with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to discuss some political differences.

This was stated in a statement issued by the Service following the engagement, in which the parties were urged to be decent in their operations.

“They should do their politics and allow the Police to do policing. We, therefore, called on them to support us including by criticizing us constructively to do a professional job in line with our constitutional mandate”, the Ghana Police Service mentioned in its release signed by its Director of Public Affairs, ACP Grace Ansah-Akrofi.

The meeting was prompted by press statements issued by the parties, which were then followed by petitions to the Police Service, with each party requesting that the Police arrest certain individuals from the opposing side for various alleged offences.

Both parties had the opportunity to express their dissatisfaction. Their main concern centred on offensive remarks made by some political figures on both sides of the aisle.

Recently, Henry Nana Boakye, National Organiser of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), petitioned the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for the arrest and prosecution of former President John Dramani Mahama over his ‘do-or-die’ remark.

Mr Mahama, according to Nana Boakye, should be arrested for inciting political violence.

He also stated that the NPP has petitioned the NDC’s National Chairman, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, for stating that the NDC will do everything in its power to win the 2024 elections, even if it means sacrificing their lives.

It came shortly after the NPP stated that it fully supported Abetifi lawmaker Bryan Acheampong’s remarks.

The MP stated that if the NPP wins power in the 2024 general elections, the NPP will not hand over power to the NDC – a statement that the NDC finds incendiary, which is why they want Mr Acheampong, who also serves as Food and Agriculture Minister, arrested.

Some NDC officials also asked the CID to arrest and prosecute Mr Acheampong for his inflammatory remarks.

Below is the full statement from the Police

1. The Police this afternoon met with the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the National Police Headquarters in Accra.

2. The meeting which was called at the instance of the Inspector-General of Police was necessitated by press statements issued by the parties and subsequently followed by petitions to the Police Service with each party calling on the Police to arrest certain individuals of the other side for some alleged offences.

3. At the meeting, both parties were given the opportunity to air their grievances. The main issue raised by them was in respect to comments by some political actors from both sides of the divide considered to be inflammatory.

4. The Police also briefed them on two strategic interventions introduced by the Police Administration to handle the election and politically related incidents as part of the police transformation agenda.

5. The Police used the opportunity to provide an update on the status of political violence and related incidents recorded during the recent internal elections of both parties including;

6. The arrest and prosecution of some 14 members of the NPP for disturbances during their constituency election at Enchi and the arrest of 9 out of the 16 wanted individuals for disturbances at the national youth and women organizer polls of the NDC at Cape Coast.

7. An update was also provided on the status of the 2020 General Election-related cases including Techiman South and Odododiodio constituencies and the public will be duly updated on these cases in the course of the week.

8. The first strategic intervention shared with them is the establishment of the Police Election Security Secretariat to work with all political parties and other stakeholders to enhance the management of security for all elections in the country.

9. This is a complete departure from the old order where an election security task force was put together just some months before the general elections.

10. Since its creation over a year ago, the Police Election Security Secretariat has worked with the various political parties in their respective internal elections from the polling station, through the constituency to the national executive elections.

11. The Secretariat is currently working with both parties on their parliamentary and presidential primaries.

12. The second intervention is the setting up of a dedicated legal team to subject all politically related incidents to legal scrutiny to establish whether there are elements of crime or otherwise before any Police action is taken. The Police will therefore not intervene in any situation where there is no criminality involved.

13. This is a paradigm shift from the practice in the past where people were arrested in the heat of the moment for politically related incidents as a result of attempts by politicians on either side to whip up public sentiments against the police thereby creating the impression that the Police supports one side against the other. In such instances when no concrete charges can be levelled against such people they are eventually released thereby creating the impression in the public domain as though the police were manipulated in effecting their arrests.

14. This initiative has been used to analyze all recent cases such as comments made by the Hon. Minister of Food and Agriculture and the Constituency Youth Organiser for the NDC at Suame, among others.

15. At the meeting both parties were also urged that with these policing interventions in place, they should do their politics and allow the Police to do policing. We, therefore, called on them to support us including by criticising us constructively to do a professional job in line with our constitutional mandate.

16. As we commend the leadership of the two political parties for availing themselves and contributing to the success of the meeting, we would like to call on Ghanaians to help us in our effort to build an independent Police service which will serve the greater good of the Ghanaian people and not the interest of any individual or group of people.

17. Once again, we wish to assure the public that we remain committed to ensuring peace, security, law and order in the country at all times including before, during and after all elections in the country.


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50 church members injured in a four-car collision




50 church members injured in a four-car collision

A collision involving four automobiles injured about 50 members of Resurrection Power New Generation Church in varying degrees.

The collision occurred on the Accra-Kasoa route at Menskrom Weija Junction.

The four vehicles include a Tata bus for Resurrection Power New Generation Church, an old Benz, a KIA Rio taxi, and a police officer’s Toyota Vitz.

According to eyewitnesses, the police officer, travelling from Kasoa tollbooth to Accra, made a wrong turn and crossed the bus, causing the collision.

When the police car arrived at the Weija junction traffic signal, it collided with the church bus, which collided with two additional automobiles parked on the road’s shoulder.

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Some eyewitnesses accused the police officer in the Toyota Vitz of the collision in an interview with Adom News’ Seth Kofi Adjei.

According to eyewitnesses, two church members are believed dead, while several others are gravely hurt.

The bus carried around 80 passengers, including children.

A taxi driver whose automobile was involved in the crash also accused the officer.

The Ghana Fire Service and a police force were on the site to guarantee that traffic flowed freely.

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Rastafarian boy who was nearly turned down by Achimota School may now represent them at NSMQ




Rastafarian boy who was nearly turned down by Achimota School may now represent them at NSMQ

Since a photo of Achimota School’s probable squad for this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) appeared on Friday, June 2, social media has been buzzing.

Tyrone Marhguy, a young man who was at the centre of a dispute that shocked the education system two years ago, stood out among the kids.

Tyrone was photographed in a social media image portraying Achimota School’s trial session in preparation for the 2023 NSMQ season.

Here’s why this communiqué is noteworthy:

He was one of two students who complained that the school had refused them admittance because their hairdo violated the school’s code of conduct.

The Rastafarian kids filed a lawsuit against the Achimota School Board of Governors, the Minister of Education, the Ghana Education Service, and the Attorney General for refusing to enrol them. Achimota School pressed on them shaving their dreadlocks to conform with school requirements.

A High Court judgement on May 31, 2021, ordered the institution to allow the students.

His classmate, Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, on the other hand, received a scholarship to Ghana International School.

Tyrone Marhguy went to Achimota School and sat for his end-of-term test barely hours after enrolling in June 2021, following the court verdict.

Following the newest development, social media users appear to be reeling from the prospect of this story blossoming into a ‘zero-to-hero’ story when the national quiz begins soon.

Tyrone’s involvement with the school’s NSMQ squad is not his first.

He was also sighted with the team last year, which raised fresh discussion over his participation.

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We’ll exploit Archbishop Agyinasare as a scapegoat – Nogokpo leaders




We'll exploit Archbishop Agyinasare as a scapegoat - Nogokpo leaders

The Chiefs and people of Nogokpo, in the Volta Region’s Ketu South Municipality, have threatened to make Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder and head of the Perez Chapel International, a scapegoat if he does not appear at their palace.

During a news conference on Friday, June 2, the chiefs issued a 14-day ultimatum to Archbishop Agyinasare to appear before them to settle a disagreement over certain recent utterances he made.

In an interview with Selorm Adonoo on Eyewitness News, the convener of the community, Nufialaga Mawufemor Korbla Nonyigbey, cautioned, “We have given him a 14-day ultimatum. If he wants to do the needful, he should come. If he doesn’t want to, he should refuse. If he is mature enough, he should do what is needful. If Agyinasare doesn’t do the needful, we will make him a scapegoat.”

The convener of the community stated that the founder and head of the Perez Chapel International’s excuse will not be accepted.

“He has caused serious damage to Voltarians and the people of Nogokpo. His justification doesn’t prove anything to us,” Nufialaga Mawufemor Korbla Nonyigbey fumed.

Nogokpo chiefs slam Christian Council

He lambasted the Christian Council for being quiet about the matter.

“He said things damaging a whole community, and the Christian Council thinks it’s okay with what he said. He should respect the African traditional belief system,” he pointed out.

The convener of the community clarified that the deity in Nogokpo does not scare people away.

“It is not a matter of instilling fear in people. Everyone knows the power of the supreme deity, the thunder deity in Nogokpo. Nogokpo is the god of justice,” he clarified.

On Thursday, May 25, 2023, Archbishop Agyinasare caused a stir during a Supernatural Summit held at the headquarters of Perez Chapel in Accra, when he preached about divine protection and the existence of evil forces, insinuating against Nogokpo, a deity named after a town in the Volta Region.

He said Nogokpo is the demonic headquarters of the Volta Region, which outraged the town’s leaders and residents.

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