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Thirty-four (34) suspects in the murder trial of the late Major Maxwell Mahama were on Wednesday 21 June, discharged 34 by the Accra District Court. They were however re-arrested  o allow the police join them to a similar case in which 24 others have been charged following the murder. Prosecutors prayed the court discharge the 34 suspects to enable them consolidate the process. According to them, it will be proper to have one charge sheet for all the suspects since there are currently three charge sheets. The 58 suspects were brought to court in two police trucks with heavily armed police officers. Residents around the court premises stormed the premises to catch a glimpse of the suspects connected to the murder of the late Major who was lynched on May 29, 2017 at Denkyira-Obuasi.    
A Community Police Assistant with the Motor Traffic And Transport Department (MTTD), Sosu Bernard 25, and two others namely, Isaac a  driver’s mate 35, William Ahiavi a sprayer at Banana Inn 26, have been arrested for posing as security officers. The suspects according to the police wore police and military uniforms to engage in unlawful acts and terrorising of residents at Kasoa and its environs. The three were arrested on June 17, 2017 and items including pepper spray, ammunitions, weapons and handcuffs were retrieved. The three purportedly stormed Budumburam in the Central Region to apprehend victims they said were doing ‘illegal businesses.’ The Kasoa District Police Commander, Superintendent Stephen Ahiatafu, confirmed to Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Agyekum Banahene that several complainants about their operations had been received by the police and that they were being wanted. Their modus operandi is to spray peeper into the eyes of their victims and robbed them of various sums of money. They have been detained and will soon be arraigned before court.    
An attempt by two Nigerians to rob a couple of GH¢600 they had cashed from a bank was foiled by a motor rider near the Flagstaff House in Accra. The Nigerians, Ndubueze Odoemenam, 22, and Chiokoko Amade, 25, are said to have perforated the tyres of the couple’s vehicle, while they were in the banking hall. After the couple had cashed their money from the bank the suspects who were riding an unregistered motorbike, trailed them from the bank. Perforated tyres The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mrs Afia Tenge, said at about 11 a.m., the couple came out of a banking hall at Osu after withdrawing GH¢600. She said the couple entered the vehicle and drove off without knowing that the back tyres had been perforated with a nail which was stuck in a bathroom slipper. After a few minutes of driving, she said, the couple had a flat tyre and as soon as they came out of their vehicle to attend to the flat tyre, the Nigerians pounced on them. The suspected robbers forcibly opened the vehicle, took the money which was in a bag and sped off on the motorbike. Good Samaritan However, another motor rider who was passing by witnessed the scene and gave the robbers a hot chase. When he caught up with them at the Afrikiko Traffic Light, the unnamed motorbike rider used his helmet to hit one of the suspects who was riding the motorbike. The Nigerian motorbike rider and the rider crashed into a commercial Sprinter vehicle and fell off the motorbike, while the money was scattered on the road. Ironically, passengers on the commercial vehicle were said to have mistaken the Good Samaritan for a robber who was attacking the Nigerians and had attempted to beat him up. The timely intervention of a police officer of the Rapid Deployment Force Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Superintended of Police (ASP) Mr Nanka Bruce, who arrived on the scene, prevented the mob from attacking the Good Samaritan. The suspected robbers who sustained injuries on their faces and arms were sent to the Police Hospital for first aid, after which they were taken to the Cantonments Police Station. The damaged motorbike was impounded and is in the possession of the Cantonments Police Station. – Source: Graphic.com.gh 
A forty-two (42) year-old man has allegedly stabbed his fiancée who is a student at the University of Ghana.   The suspect Ibrahim Musah who is currently  in the custody of the Legon Police stabbed the victim in the neck Friday evening after he visited and saw another male in her [victim’s] room. The victim, Zara Hussein is a Diploma in Adult Education student and a resident of Akuafo Hall. According to reports, the suspect came to visit the victim but was angered by the presence of another guy who felt was a rival with whom the victim was cheating. He is reported to have picked a quarrel with the victim and slapped the other man he saw in the room went out and came back with a broken ceramic with which he stabbed the victim. Students on campus reportedly arrested  and handed him over the police where he confessed to the crime. Meanwhile, the victim is on admission at the hospital receiving treatment.    
Three suspects have been apprehended by the police in connection to the murder of the late development chief of Ardeyman last Friday near Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region. The suspects are Asafoatse Nii Quaye Kortey, aka Cobra, 39, a carpenter; Musah Mohammed, 28, a scrap dealer, and Rahim Yakubu, 20, a herdsman. The suspects were arrested Ridge View Hotel at Kwabenya in Accra where they are suspected to have attempted to launch a similar attack on another victim who was then lodging in the hotel. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mrs Afia Tenge, the Greater Accra Regional Police PRO said, the police acting upon intelligence foiled the attack on t5he next victim by the suspects.   The PRO giving the facts of the case said, police investigations had revealed that at about 12:30 a.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017, Nii Saban and some family leaders gathered at the stool house at Ardeyman to perform traditional rites for the lifting of the ban on drumming and noise making, to make way for the celebration of Homowo, a festival celebrated in the Ga State. While the leaders were performing the rites, she said thugs, including the three suspects and others now at large, armed with AK 47 rifles, pistols, machetes and clubs allegedly attacked the traditional leaders.   They are said to have fired gunshots indiscriminately and in the process shot at three persons, including Nii Saban.   It is said that they chased Nii Saban when he tried to escape from further gunshots and when he entered the room of a relative for safety, the assailants fired at him and inflicted machete wounds on him.   Mrs Tenge said the thugs later dragged and dumped the unconscious Nii Saban into another room and fled.   She added that when the police visited the scene after receiving distress calls, they found Nii Saban in a pool of blood but he was pronounced dead when he was taken to hospital.   One of the two victims who sustained gunshot wounds was treated and discharged at the hospital while the other victim who was also shot on the left side of his chest, is still on admission at an undisclosed hospital.   By: Rainbow Radio with additional files from Graphic
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) two orange sellers all women for colouring the fruit with a ‘’suspicious’’ substance. Their action which was meant to boost sales comes after a video went viral on social media. They were said to have been picked from the Madina market on Tuesday. The FDA is interrogating the two over the incident. In the video, a woman is seen with two big bowls - one, a colouring solution and the other full of ripe oranges.
Police Constable Michael Kporyi of the Ghana Police Service has been shot to death on Monday by unknown assailants while on patrol duties at Michel Camp in Accra. The incident occurred at about 9:30 pm when two armed persons suspected to be robbers on an unregistered motorbike trailed and shot him at close range killing him instantly. Reasons why the Constable was killed have not been established but an investigation is currently underway. Nothing was taken away from him as one full loaded AK47 rifle, one pepper spray, a pair of handcuffs and a torch light were found on him when his colleagues arrived at the scene.   The body has been deposited at the Police Hospital mortuary for preservation and autopsy.    
A twenty (20) year old man whose name was only given as Chief met his untimely death at Aboaso in the Ashanti region after he was stabbed to death by a popular butcher in the area. Narrating the circumstances that led to the death of the late Chief, Rainbow Radio’s Abdul Malik Anokye said, he [deceased] was stabbed after a scuffle with the suspect who is currently at large. According to him, Chief and some friends were having a drink-up at a bar in celebration of his brother who had returned from Canada and was having his wedding in the locality. He said, friends heard him scream, ‘he has killed me’ only to go find him in a pool of blood. He was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead. It remains unclear what started the fight between the two but our reporter is following up and we will keep you updated.    
Development Chief at Amasaman community in the Ga East Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region   has been murdered. The deceased, Nii Tettey Sarbah was found dead in his room which was close to the stool house. The deceased when found had two curved cuts on his stomach and dried blood is seen everywhere. The assailants are yet to be identified. A family member of the deceased said they found the body of the deceased at around 5am laying supine on a mat, arms up and a deep and wide cut on his forehead.    According to the family source, they heard gunshots at around 1am before discovering the body at 5am.
Eight persons including an ex military officer have been arrested for dealing narcotics. ASP Joseph Benefo Darkwah, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Tema Regional Police Command, made this revelation at a press briefing at the Tema Regional Police Headquarters. He said the Regional Command arrested 9 persons, including an ex-military officer, suspected to be dealing in narcotics. Warrant Officer Class Two George Hagan, aged 52 years, was arrested with a black handbag containing dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp. The other suspects included: Kojo Nyarko, 32 years, Alhassan Abdulaia.k.a Cubicle, Seth Onomah 37, Seletian Duboss, 48, Joshaua Afrifa 53, and Alhassan Nuhu 24. The rest were: Jerry Atibire 58 and Desmond Wogah 28 years. He said suspects were picked up at various hide outs within the Ashaiman Municipality and were currently in police custody assisting in investigations. Items found on them included 258 wrappers of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, two boxes of matches, seven packets of assorted cigarettes, five cigarette filters, five lighters and 14 pairs of scissors.   Source: GNA 
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