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A group of young men suspected to be occultists, have reportedly set ablaze a three bedroom house at Akwabenkrom within the Bia West District of the Western, after they were prevented from performing rites for a departed member of the group. The  'Atia Group' according to Nana Ama Antwiwaa Aisha on Saturday, demanded family of the late Kwame Antwi 32, to allow them pay their last respect for the departed member, however the family resisted and asked them to vacate the funeral grounds. But the group in anger reportedly set ablaze the three bedroom facility, vandalized some other rooms; destroying property including electrical and household appliances worth thousands of Ghana cedis. She further added, the group disrupted the funeral ceremony, a situation which saw most of the sympathizers fleeing for their dear lives. The deceased died while in hospital after his house collapsed on him and his family following a tidal wave. This the group claimed was strange, and suspicious hence their reason to perform the final rites for their departed soul. Mother of deceased was also accused of killing the son through spiritual means. Head of family Nana Ama added was forced to pour libation to complete the funeral rites as no one wanted to touch the deceased. The head of family has lodged an official complaint at the police station, calling for the arrest of the group that allegedly set the the three bedroom house ablaze.
A motor rider whose name was given as Obrafour was this evening crashed to death after a cargo car rammed into him on the Achimota-Nsawam overhead. The deceased according to a report filed by Eugene Osei indicate that, the rider whose motorbike was unregistered was been supported by another rider with his leg to get him to a nearby filing station to fill his tank. However, luck eluded him as the other rider whose motorbike was also not registered lost control leading to the crash. The cargo car which is said to be baring an Ivory Coast number plate with registration number, AF 0827-OB reportedly crashed the deceased to death because his other rider lost control of puling him along with him. The deceased from information gathered is a businessman who trades in motor bikes at Caprice, here in Accra. Eugene Osei told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that the deceased was on his way home after inspecting a new land he had purchased.  
Drivers and traders in the Birim South District of the Eastern Region are appealing to government to renovate the poor nature of roads around Aduasa and Akorte Kroum. Some of the drivers and traders who spoke with Nyankonton Mu Nsem's Prince Collins Bening expressed their worry over the poor nature of the roads. The deplorable nature of the roads is making it difficult for motorists to ply these roads due to the damage it posses to their vehicles. Assemblyman of the area Mr. Opoku said, the issue remains his top most priority, however the assembly has indicated to him that there is no available fund to renovate the roads. Farm produce according to Prince Bening are left to rot because they are not able to access transport due to the deplorable nature of the roads. The Akyem Swredru District he added do not have a lorry station making it difficult for drivers to comply with traffic regulations in the area. The drivers have therefore appealed to government to come to their aid.
The Western Regional Police Commander, ASP Daniel Wiafe has cautioned the youth in the area especially students to desist from smoking and possessing Indian hemp popularly known as 'wee' or risk being arrested. ASP Daniel Wiafe who was speaking at an event organised by the Catholic Church at Sefwi Essam in the region said, the number of youth engaging in the sale and smoking of the illegal drug has become rampant hence the police will not relent in their efforts to arrest and prosecute anyone caught. He also took the opportunity to inform the gathering of their intention to set up a neighbourhood watchdog committee in the  area to help address the issue and further stop other criminal activities. According to the Commander, the police has informed church leaders and elders in the community in that regard. He told the gathering that the role of the police is maintain law and order and in doing so, any found capable of any crime will not be spared. The District Chief Executive (DCE) Mr. Alexander Ofori, and some other opinion leaders were also present at the event.
A 25 year-old man has been charged for sleeping with a pig at Garu Timpani District of the Upper East Region. The suspect, Kombat Musa according to reports filed by Nyiraba Halidu was caught sleeping with the pig in a piggery belonging to one Yaro, 35. Yaro from the reports heard his pigs screaming and thinking that it was a thief, rushed to his piggery to satisfy his curiosity, however to his utmost surprise found Kombat Musa penetrating the pig. When Yaro confronted him, he told him that, he had been asked to sleep with a pig as part of rituals to make him wealthy-he pleaded for forgiveness and asked the owner to keep what he saw as a secret.  But Yaro who described the incident as a sacrilege reported the incident to the traditional rulers who asked Musa to pay an amount of GHC 3, 000 to Yaro- he was also asked to keep the pig which he slept with.
A 42 year-old mobile money operator has hanged himself to death at Koforidua Poly Capital View in the Eastern Region. The deceased Kofi Nti hanged himself on a mango tree with a nylon rope Monday dawn following confusion over some stolen GHC3000. It is unclear his role in the stolen amount. Nyankonton Mu Nsem's Andy Cole said, residents are in a state of shock over the incident, however some are also raising doubts over the alleged suicide because the incident does not seem to be one. Mother of the deceased Christina Dankwa who was in pain said, she felt shocked over the death of his son because he never showed any sign of committing suicide. The body has since been deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy.
Kingmakers in Tamale have accused the  Yagbonwura, and his chief linguist for taking money to en-skin unqualified chiefs in Gonjaland. The head of the kingmakers Alhaji Abass Dangba Mandora leading his other traditional rulers accused the Yagbonwura of installing another chief for Damaango while they already have another chief installed already. According to Prince Kwame Tamakloe the new chief was installed because he was wealthy and highly influential as against his rival chief who from the report gathered is a security guard. Tension is currently brewing in the area as some of the residents and traditional leaders have threatened to cause mayhem if the chief linguist Naa Bugri is not relieved from his post. Currently, Bole, Mankpan and some other towns are been governed by two separate chiefs-those who were installed by the traditions and customs of the various towns while the others assumed the throne because they reportedly paid bribes.  
A traditional priest by name Okumfour Nana Asare aka Nana Budozza is currently battling his life after a man believed to be mentally challenged, slashed off his ear at Manso Adobea in the Ashanti Region. The supposed 'mad' man Kofi Owusu aka Kofi Abban who is a small scale miner according to Abdul Malik Anokye was sent to the priest to cure him of his madness which he reportedly suffered from excessive smoking of Indian hemp popularly referred to as 'wee'. Kofi Owusu who had been in the custody of the priest for a week reportedly untied himself from the rope which the priest had tied him with. He engaged the priest in a 'hot' fight and reportedly slashed off his ear and again hit him with a hot stick, Malik Anokye reported. The victim is currently on admission at the Agroyesum Government Hospital.
Residents at Wiaso in the Western are terrified as river Ankobrah has swept through the town destroying properties and rendering many homeless. The incident occurred last night around 4 pm. A resident and an opinion leader, Isaac Kudjoe in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem said they saw the sea creeping towards the town with a strong force sweeping through homes. Over 30 houses according to Isaac Kudjoe were destroyed with several others flooded. He said this is not the first time such an incident has occurred however, the incident yesterday was the worst among the ones that has occurred. Isaac Kudjoe added that the sea do not have a defence wall making it easier for the water to creep to the town anytime it rises. ''No casualty was recorded because we saw the water coming with force so we became alert and had to run for cover. Over 30 homes went down, with several others flooded. Residents are terrified. This not the first time such an incident has occurred but this is the worst.'' Officials from the National Disaster Management Team (NADMO) are yet to visit the scene although residents have called them. Affected victims have appealed for assistance. The Ankobra River is primarily situated in Ghana. Rising north east of Wiawso, it flows about 190 kilometres (120 mi) south to the Gulf of Guinea. Its entire course is in south Ghana. The Ankobra River is fed by the Nini River. Small ships can navigate 80 kilometres (40 nmi; 50 mi) inland, whilst the upper reaches contain rapids. 
Emilia Asiedu, mother of the late Patience Asiedu of Suhum Islamic Girls Senior High School who was knocked down by a car leading to her death is blaming school authorities over her ward's death. The deceased 19, was said to be crossing the Accra-Kumasi Highway to meet her boyfriend to collect a mobile phone gift when a Kia Mini bus with registration number GR 4087-13 rammed into her, killing her on the spot. The deceased together with her friends were at prep when her boyfriend reportedly called her through her mate mobile phone to meet him, at the road side to pick her new phone.  The driver of the Kia truck, Yaw, who was on top speed from Nsawam to Suhum was arrested and is currently in the custody of the Suhum Police.  Emilia Asiedu speaking with Francis Armah Frimpong said the death of her daughter should be placed at the door step of the school authorities due to their negligence. She expressed pain at her lost and wondered how her daughter managed to move out of the school at the full glare of the school to meet her untimely death.  
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