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The chief of Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region, Nana Yaw Ankama Bediako III has decree that his subjects pay a fine of GHC 200 should their teenage daughters get pregnant. The authoritative order according to the chief is to curb the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the community. Nana Yaw Ankama Bediako says it is the responsibility of parents to take good care of their children and ensure that they focus primarily on the books. Nyankonton Mu Nsem's Abdul Malik Anonkye said new order by the chief has generated debate among residents in the community. Education the Chief explained, should be of concern for both parents and wards to help train skilled young people to help develop the community. According Abdul Malik, the worried chief at durbar made the decree and have also warned that, he will deal with residents who violates the order.
A Metro Mass bus with registration number GT 3950-09 heading towards Yendi smashed the head of a final year nursing student, Mohammed Iddrisu Nasiru, doing his clinical at Tamale Teaching Hospital. The bus which  was on its way to Yendi reportedly rammed into the deceased who was riding his motor bike to undertake his final clinicals at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. According to an eye witness account, the Metro Mass Bus had a brake failure leading to the gory crash. A resident who spoke with Nyankonton Mu Nsem's Prince Kwame Tamakloe,  was over speeding and that this was not the first time an accident had occurred on that road. The resident added, because there are no speed ramps on the road, it makes the situation worse. Body of the deceased has since been deposited at the morgue.
A 15 year -old girl [name withheld] who was kidnapped by suspected sakawa men for ritual purposes had escaped narrowly from death. The incident occurred at Wassa Akropong in the Western Region. The victim according to Asona Banasco was kidnapped by the the sakawa men who are yet to be identified on her way to church. Her kidnappers who  were on board a taxi stopped and asked her [victim] to buy them water, but in handing over  the money to her, they reportedly dazed her with a white handkerchief and sped off to an uncompleted building where they kept her. However, the ritualist who was to use the victim for the rituals rejected her on basis that she was in her period (menstruated). Banasco added, the victim who had  her sister's phone on her reportedly used it to call her mother saying she was under abduction. The young sakawa men assaulted after their victim after she was rejected.  They later called her father on phone to meet them under a bridge so they release his daughter to her. ''The victim's father drove to the said location but could not see the daughter, so he drove back home. Then the sakawa men placed another call  telling the father that they had left his  daughter at a basic school near Wassa Akropong . The man drove to the school and found her daughter lying unconscious. He quickly rushed her to the Wassa Akropong Government hospital where is currently on admission seeking medical attention,'' Asonaba Banasco reported. Meanwhile fear has gripped residents in the area. According some who spoke with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, activities of money rituals is increasing in the area and have therefore called on the police to beef up security in the area. The police have begun investigation into the matter.      
Thirty year-old Kwame Anane was severely beaten to pulp at Danyame a small community near Nkenkansu in the Ashanti for raping a mentally challenged woman. Kwame Anane was seen at around 6:00 pm Tuesday evening with his car parked where the mad woman was. He reportedly gave the mad woman food bagged in a black polythene and after she [mentally challenged] had finished eating, he [Kwame Anane] started having sex with her. Some residents who  monitored Kwame Anane from afar rushed to the scene, pounced on him and repeatedly assaulted him in turns until he fell unconscious. He was later sent to the hospital to seek medical attention after attempts to resuscitate him failed. According to Nyankonton Mu Nsem's Agyemang Tamakloe, Kwame Anane after he was revived this morning confessed that he was instructed by a spiritualist to sleep with a mad woman and bring her fluids so it is used to perform rituals to increase his wealth. He is currently in police custody and will soon be arraigned before court. Meanwhile, his wife in an interview with Agyemang Tamakloe said she can still not believe that his husband could do such a thing.  
Head of Otuano family (Kingmakers) of Winneba, Central Region, Nenyi Bondzie has disclosed his grief concerning this year's Aboakyir festival. He says Tufohene of the Traditional Council, Nenye Sirpi took centre state and used his own powers to do things as he (Nenye Sirpi) wish. This the head of kingmakers said was not  in the right direction making this year's celebration a poor one. Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the kingmaker explained, tradition was breached as the rites and customs which guides the celebration was not followed. He explained, the traditional priest who the deer is cached for had his shrine closed, making the entire festival flawed. He added, the authorities due to the sustainability of the annual festival had to 'improvise' some of the rituals; this he emphasized may not necessarily have implications for them despite the  challenges. He noted, Nenyi Sirpi had no 'locus standi' to be at the frront in performing rites for the annual festival. According to him, the Central Authority (Traditional Council) has suffered a breakdown hence the reason why the Tufohene used his 'authority' to do things.
A 26 old man who was beaten to pulp at Bowohomoden a farming community in the Amenfi East district of the Western Region for having sex with a sheep in the bush has been banished from the town by the traditional leaders. Kwame Ademu, unemployed was caught sleeping with the sheep by its owner, Mallam Dauda late afternoon yesterday [Monday May, 9 2016]. According to Tahiru Alidu the owner who had then tied the sheep to a tree on his farm went back to untie the animal, but to his surprise, caught Kwame Ademu having sex with his sheep. He [owner] reportedly assaulted Ademu and later invited two other persons to join him in beating the 'suspect' until he fell unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital to seek medical care and was discharged on Tuesday May, 10 2016. Kwame Ademu was summoned before the traditional authorities to explain reasons why he slept with the sheep. He told the leaders that was his first time sleeping with an an animal so they should forgive him but after careful deliberations, the traditional leaders banished Ademu from the community describing his act as sacrilegious. The owner of the sheep, Mallam Duada after his 'suspect' was banished, 'dashed' the sheep which Ademu slept with to him saying, he cannot keep the cursed sheep hence Ademu should take it along with him. According to Mallam Duada, his beliefs does not allow him to keep such animals.
The sexual desires of a 26 year old, Kwame Elijah who reportedly slept with a goat is currently battling his life after he was severely beaten by one Thomas Nkwaa who reportedly caught him sleeping with his goat. The incident occurred at Nyamebekyrere in the Western Region late last night. According to Nyankonton Mu Nsem's, Sir Joe, the owner Thomas Nkwaa caught the victim in the act sleeping with his goat at about 10:00pm Monday evening. After being caught, he showed some remorse according to Sir, because he knew it was an abominable act but the owner of the goat who was angered by Elijah's act reportedly assaulted him physically until he became unconscious. But for the timely intervention of residents, the victim could have died, Sir Joe reported. Some people who thronged to the scene are still in a state of shock over the abominable act of the victim, who they claim is handsome and could have 'lured' any lady to engage her in the act.  
Drama unfolded at Mile 7 around Ofankor Thursday morning after two unidentified young men abandoned a gold coloured coffin in the middle of the Ofankor road making vehicular movement difficult. According to an eye witness account, the two unidentified young men who drove a salon car which registration number is yet to be identified, left the coffin in the custody of a middle aged woman with the intention of coming back for it. The incident which drew a large crowd according to Oppong Kyekyeku was scary especially in an era when the issue of blood money, popularly referred to as sakawa is on the increase. He said, nobody was willing to assist the policeman who came around to lift the coffin from the middle of the road until he called for assistance. ''I was driving to work and upon reaching the Mile 7 road, i saw a large crowd gathered around a gold coloured coffin in the middle of the road. When i asked, i was told that two young men, who drove in a salon car left the coffin in the middle of road. They told a middle aged woman that they will come back for it. One of the young men pretended to be making a call and by the time, we could say jack, he was gone. The other one drove in his salon car with another coffin. It was scary.''
The chiefs and people at Henneh Nkwanta in the Western Region are after a 24 year-old man who failed to perform rituals required of him, after he was caught sleeping with a pregnant sheep. The suspect from reports gathered was caught in the act by the owner of the sheep and reported him to the chief in the area. He was summoned to appear before the chief and was later requested to buy some items to enable the traditional priest perform some rites to cleanse the land. However, the suspect [name withheld] who claimed was going to inform his family over the incident fled the town. Meanwhile, owner of the sheep, has handed over the pregnant sheep to the suspect’s brother to take care of the animal until it puts to birth. The traditional council have declared the suspect wanted.  
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.  
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