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Some aggrieved youth of Asempaneye and Breman in the Juaboso district of the Western have clashed with illegal miners over the activities. According to Christopher Anto, the aggrieved youth resisted attempts by these small scale miners whose activities the residents claim, will destroy their farm lands and source of drinking water. Christopher Anto said some persons came to the town about three months ago to seek approval to engage in mining activities but they were prevented from doing so. However, the said company who were denied their request according to reports were seen bringing in their equipment to begin their operation- a situation which led to the clash, Anto reported. The aggrieved youth have also accused the traditional authorities of accepting bribes to allow the illegal miners to operate. They have therefore served notice to their leaders to prevent the operators from engaging in the activity or face their wrath.  
Drama unfolded at Camp 6 in the Bia West District of the Western Region after a 40 year old farmer, Emmanuel Azumbila and his son, Enoch Azumbila went mad after consuming a bowl of fufu and palm-nut soup which they prepared themselves. According to an eyewitness account, the two after consuming the bowl of fufu started screaming and tearing their clothes. He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that the victims prepared the food by themselves because the farmer is not married. Residents who rushed to the scene accounting to the eyewitness were shocked and dumb founded because of the strange occurrence. ‘’No one prepared the food for them. They prepared it themselves. Emmanuel Azumbila is not married. If he was, the wife would be in trouble because she will be the number one suspect,’’ the eyewitness said.  The foodstuffs used in preparing the meal according to the eyewitness was harvested from Emmanuel’s farm. The two are currently on admission at the hospital.
A car wash attendant is reported dead at Agomemenya near Somanya in the Eastern Region after he was electrocuted by a ‘gun’ an equipment used in washing cars at the bay. The deceased was said to have been electrocuted after he tried operating the equipment which he reportedly took from a co-worker at the washing bay. Francis Armah Frimpong reporting the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem said, the manager who confirmed the incident said, they were extremely shocked at the incident because they have used the equipment for several years but have never encountered the bizarre incident before. The body of the deceased have since been deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy.      
A bereaved father, Owusu Banahene who lost his 7 year old son to Bomene River will have to raise an amount of GHC 3, 000 cedis to get the remains of his deceased son retrieved from the river.   The deceased Alfred Owusu who went to the river side together with his friend to swim died after he was trapped in the river.   The incident occurred at Agona Wiamoase in the Ashanti Region.   His friend from information gathered tried repeatedly to save his friend but the pressure of the water overpowered him.   To help retrieve the body of the deceased, the traditional priest in the area is demanding for an amount of GHC 3, 000 to enable him perform some rites.   Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, father of the deceased, Owusu Banahene said he will find it difficult to raise the amount of money to enable the priest perform the rites. According to him, he rushed to the river side only to find the clothes of his deceased son laying by the river side after the news of his son’s death broke to him. He revealed, the priest demanded for the amount together with some items including schnapps, white calico, white fowl, and crate of eggs to perform the rites. ‘’I told him I cannot afford the amount of money nor purchase the items… I begged him to reduce the money but he refused and warned us not jump into the river to search for the body of my son or we will also die like he did…This scared us so we rescind our decision to search for him in the water when the incident happened yesterday…Fortunately for us, his body was washed ashore this morning. We called the police and they have deposited the body at the morgue awaiting autopsy.’’    
Reports coming in from Tamale at some registration centers in the Northern Region has it that, some fresh non-registered voters have refused to register as valid voters due to the requirements in the on-going exercise. Some of the fresh voters who turned up to register according to Prince Kwame Tamakloe, were required to present their birth certificates and two registered voters as guarantors before they are allowed to go through the process. However, the young people have decided not to return to the centres to get their names captured on the biometric data to enable them vote in the forthcoming general elections. According to them, the requirements are frustrating. They have also complained that it is difficult for them to get guarantors to vouch for them as eligible to register. Meanwhile day two of the exercise is still receiving very low turnout, Prince Tamakloe said. He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, some residents have called on the EC to intensify publicity on the exercise to ensure that, all eligible voters who do not have their names on the biometric data get to register. He bemoaned the difficulty journalists are going through to file reports on the exercise as officials of the EC are demanding accreditation from them. The EC is expecting to capture some 1.2 million fresh voters onto the biometric data in the ongoing 10 –day exercise.
A market at Wassa Akropong in the Western Region has fall on traders due to heavy rains. Scores of traders and customers alike were severely injured due to the collapse. The incident according to Asona Bernasko occurred around 5pm Thursday evening. Some traders who spoke with our reporter said, they were shocked that the market collapsed- because the edifice was only inaugurated four months ago. Asona Bernasko told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, a careful review conducted on the collapsed market revealed that, the pillars were not strong enough due to  the type of wood used. The victims he said are responding to treatment. No casualty was recorded.
Two passengers are reported dead after they were run over by a VIP bus in Kumasi in the Ashanti region. The VIP bus with registration GT 4579-14 veered off the road and killed the passengers at a bus stop at Kentinkrono, near the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the assemblyman of the area, Hon. Thomas Acheampong said driver of the bus collapsed after hearing that he had run over the passengers. But he is currently responding to treatment, he added. Hon. Acheampong said the driver of the bus lost control of his steer and run into the passengers who were attempting to cross the road. Bodies of the deceased have since been identified by relatives.                  
Madam Esther Annor mother of Collins Darkwa, a first time voter threatened to invoke the dreaded Ashanti deity, ‘antoa nyamaa’ on EC officials after his son had been challenged by a polling agent of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), for being a minor although his birth certificate confirmed he was 19 years of age. Even though, Collins Darkwa was made to go through the entire registration, he was not given the card and was asked to come back after the registration exercise. This infuriated the mother, who later brought some family members demanding for the card to be released to his son. She brought along some eggs and threatened to invoke ‘antoa’ on the officers if they refuse to issue her child with the ID card. Voters ID. ‘’We will invoke the curse on those challenging our son. His birth certificate confirms that he is 19 years of age yet they have refused to issue him with the card. We will invoke the curse with a crate of eggs if they refuse to issue the card.’’
A 12 year-old-boy resident at Otenkrom in the Western Region, Jibril, is currently on admission at the hospital after consuming toffee suspected to be laced with cannabis. Jibril according to sources, started behaving abnormally after consuming the locally made toffee popularly referred to as ‘wudaa wudaa’ which means you are deeply asleep in the local parlance. Reporting the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Tahiru Alidu said, the victim used his ‘chop money’ to purchase the toffee. The victim he explained started jumping from one end to the other feeling hot flashes and shouting, until he was rushed to the hospital.
The people of Bontrase in the Awutu Seenya West Municipality of the Central Region are seriously hit with a water crises causing young children to venture into digging wells to sell. According to sources, there is a fetish priest in the area who says it is because the people of Bontrase have depleted all their forest reserves, this he he said has caused the gods to flee the town, the reason for the water shortage. Nyankonton Mu Nsem's Fiifi Ankomah who visited the town, said the fetish priest demanded for an amount of GHC 1,800 cedis and a ram to perform rituals to pacify the gods before the people can get get water to drink. The traditional rulers according to Ankomah bought the ram for the said rituals while the Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West, and Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Hannah Tetteh reportedly paid the money for the priest to perform the rituals. Some men of God in the area, have raised concerns over the the rituals claiming that is ungodly, and expressed their displeasure at the decision of the chiefs to allow the rituals performed after they had failed to attend a planned prayer session over the same issue.
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