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A communication officer with National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abu Afandi has stated that the situation at the Agbogloshie market is very serious however, the regional security coordinating council is taking it likely.Speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he emphasized that the renewed clashes which killed one person and injured others is not tribal as suggested but political.   The Ghana Police Service have arrested five suspects in relation to the Agbogloshie incident, which claimed one life last Tuesday, in the major business area in Accra.The deceased, a male aged about 27, suffered gunshot and cutlass wounds. Abu Afandi said: ''The regional security council are taking it likely...The whole thing has nothing to do with tribal issue. It is purely political.''   He added: ''the Regent of Dagbon has spoken and he did not mince any words. He said, the whole thing has nothing to do with Dagombas and Kokombas having a problem. These are criminals who have been paid by unscrupulous politicians to do all these things just to sway away from a lot of issues happening in this country.'' He said, we are sitting on a time bomb in Accra especially at Agbogbloshie. He further warned that there could be a reprisal attack and has charged the security council to crack the whip on those who caused the violent attacks.According to him, photos of the suspects have been handed over to police and wonders why they have not acted on it.     Facts: Briefing journalists, the IGP Mr Asante-Apeatu said at about 23 hours on Monday, April 10, 2017, the Accra Regional Police Command received information that a young man – yet to be identified – stole a mobile phone belonging to another man whose name is also unknown.A group of people allegedly beat up the suspected thief but later released him.About 9:15 am the following morning, the suspected thief returned with a group of his sympathizers on a revenge mission which was effectively repelled by the victim and his sympathizers.The suspects and his gang, according to the police chief, left the scene only to return the second time reinforced in numbers to attack the victim and his team and that resulted in the brawl.
A former Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General Nunoo Mensah has taken a swipe at critics of government over the increasing rate of unemployment. According to him, government alone cannot resolve the alarming rate of joblessness but citizens should also take responsibility. Speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the outspoken personality said, Ghanaians have more time for bible lessons but do have time to work. He said, people are lazy and refused to work hard. ''I travel to Winneba during weekends and there is a church around Winneba and when they close from church, the traffic jam in the area is serious. They are just holding their bibles and  go to bible lessons; they have time to go and study but they don't have time to grow food.'' He added: ''...we  cannot blame unemployment on government alone. We all don't want to work. Nobody wants to work and that is the problem we are facing today. We import onions, tomatoes...The land for the one-district-one-factory is there but nobody wants to work. We have the land for tomatoes to be grown  but nobody wants to work. We are lazy and do not want to work, and so we need to put pressure on everyone because we are lazy and do not want to work.''   He said: ''I don't know what is wrong with Ghanaians. We are quiet and refused to talk. It looks as if we have no men in Ghana again.We are heading towards anarchy,'' and if we do not take care, the situation would be out of hand.  
The President, HE Nana Akufo-Addo has in his first Easter message condemned  attacks on the Judiciary by pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) militant group, Delta Force.In his first Easter message, the President has also vowed to ensure the laws of the country are respected and applied without fail under his administration.The president in his short message said: “It is for this reason that I regret so much the unfortunate incidence that happened in Kumasi recently. Inasmuch as the law enforcement agencies and the Judiciary have moved to apply the laws of our land, let me reiterate that it will not be under my watch that people act with impunity. Neither will it be under my watch that the laws of our land will not be respected.” Some members of the vigilante group,  Delta Force, which is affiliated to the NPP, attacked a Kumasi circuit court last week to free some of its members who were standing trial for a previous attack on the Ashanti Regional Security Co-ordinator.The court has since imposed a fine of 2,400 on them whiles the substantive case continues in the court.The message added: “Crime has no political colour under my government. We are a nation governed by the rule of law and law will work without fear or favour”.The president further called on Ghanaians especially Christians  to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.Easter is the time of the Christian year when Christians remember the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Brigadier General Nunoo Mensah, a former Chief of Staff has prophesied that there would be a repeat of the June 3rd fire and flood disaster because we've not learnt any lessons from it.   Speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said there are people living today who God have endowed with wisdom but when they talk, their suggestions are thrown overboard all because they've not attended a university. He said, ''I am not a prophet or Gabriel or Isaiah...I fought a campaign which could have prevented the June 3rd disaster but at the last stage, it was thrown overboard and over 150 lost their lives. It will occur again and when it does, we are going to use fishing nets to retrieve the bodies.''An explosion at the Goil petrol station in Ghana's capital and flooding caused by torrential rains in 2015 killed around 150 people,.Most of the victims were seeking shelter there from the rain, which had already made most of the capital inaccessible and left many stranded miles from their places of abode
The Founder and Leader of Royal Rain Chapel International at Mallam in the Greater Accra Region, Rev. Isaac Fiifi Ankomah has blamed the Christian Council for the profligate emergence of fake pastors and churches in the country. According to the man of God, the Christian Council has drifted from the core purpose for which it was formed. He added, the Council is supposed to register, monitor and regulate churches but they have now taken centre stage in political discourse. He further lamented that one must have churches in all the ten regions of Ghana before you are allowed to join. Rev. Fiifi Ankomah added, it is not easy to have churches in all the ten regions of Ghana and also the fact that a pastor may have churches in all ten regions does not mean he is doing the right thing.
 The US military has dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on an Islamic State group tunnel complex in Afghanistan, the Pentagon says. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), known as "the mother of all bombs", was first tested in 2003, but had not been used before in combat. The Pentagon said it was dropped from a US aircraft in Nangarhar province. The news came hours after the Pentagon admitted an air strike in Syria mistakenly killed 18 rebels. It said a partnered force had mistakenly identified the target location as an IS position, but the strike on 11 April had killed rebels from the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is backed by Washington. The strike in Afghanistan follows last week's death of a US special forces soldier fighting IS in Nangarhar. The 21,600lb (9,800kg) bomb was dropped in Achin district on Thursday evening local time, the Pentagon said. It is more than 9m (30 feet) in length. "We targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters use to move around freely, making it easier for them to target US military advisers and Afghan forces in the area," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, using another name for IS. He said necessary precautions were taken to prevent civilian casualties and "collateral damage". US special forces soldier is killed in Afghanistan Gen John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, said the jihadist group's "losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defence. "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive." IS announced the establishment of its Khorasan branch - an old name for Afghanistan and surrounding areas - in January 2015. It was the first time that IS had officially spread outside the Arab world. It was the first major militant group to directly challenge the Afghan Taliban's dominance over the local insurgency. However, experts say it has struggled to build a wide political base and the indigenous support it expected in Afghanistan. Estimates about IS's numerical strength inside Afghanistan vary, ranging from 1,000 to 5,000.   Source: BBC
The Chief Fire Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie at a press conference at the service headquarters in Accra urged Ghanaians to do all they could to celebrate this year’s Easter without unwanted emergencies. He has also empowered service personnel to be on guard in case of uninformed occurrences pleading with the citizenry aid them the support as always. Dr. Gaisie emphatically advised fuel tanker operators and the transport industry as a whole to acquire fire extinguishers. Those who might be in possession of one already should ensure they are in good form so as to tackle any possible that may occur as they travel. Still on the ensuring safety during the Easter, the C.F.O. has instructed the various units to form highway rescue squad to intensify rescue operations. He warns event organizers and party makers against road blockage without any official permission. The GNFS boss did not leave churches out as they would be holding Easter Conventions across the length and breadth of the country as major events of this occasion. He has asked them to create assembly points near their convention grounds and make members aware of the use of them. His biggest fear was house owners who at times switch on generator sets at the indoors. Such attitudes, he revealed are a dangerous one as they easily do bring about fire outbreaks.    A special attention by the service has been given to the Kwahu state since it is the centre of attraction at this time.   By: Daniel Asuku 
   Syria's President Bashar-al Assad says reports of a chemical attack by his forces were "100% fabrication". In an exclusive video interview with AFP news agency, he said "there was no order to make any attack". More than 80 people were killed in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April, and hundreds suffered symptoms consistent with a nerve agent. Witnesses said they saw warplanes attack the town but Russia says a rebel depot of chemical munitions was hit. Shocking footage showed victims - many of them children - convulsing and foaming at the mouth. Sufferers were taken to hospitals across the border in Turkey. Syria 'chemical attack': What we know Mr Assad told AFP that the Syrian government had given up its chemical arsenal in 2013, adding "even if we have them, we wouldn't use them". Since 2013, there have been continued allegations that chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia have been used against civilians, by both the Syrian government and rebel groups. Turkey and the UK say tests show Sarin or a Sarin-like substance was used in Khan Sheikhoun, which would be the first time since 2013 that a prohibited chemical had been used on such a scale.   Mr Assad accused the West of making up events in Khan Sheikhoun so it had an excuse to carry out missile strikes on the government's Shayrat airbase, which took place a few days after the alleged attack. "It's stage one, the play [they staged] that we saw on social network and TVs, then propaganda and then stage two, the military attack," he said, questioning the authenticity of the video footage. He also said Khan Sheikhoun, in Syria's north-western Idlib province, had no strategic value and was not currently a battle front. "This story is not convincing by any means," he told AFP.   Western allies have said there is compelling evidence that the Syrian government was behind what happened in Khan Sheikhoun. UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was behind the attack. "Apart from anything else, we believe it's the only regime that has the capability to make such an attack," she added. Turkey, which treated many of the wounded, says it has "concrete evidence" Sarin was used. The US, UK and France reacted angrily on Wednesday after Russia, Syria's key ally, vetoed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council - the eighth time it has done so over the Syrian conflict. Mr Assad told AFP that he would only allow an "impartial" investigation, involving "unbiased countries... to make sure that they won't use it for politicised purposes. The US strikes and a reversal of what had been a growing diplomatic acceptance that Mr Assad's removal was no longer a priority may have taken its toll, our correspondent adds. The US had, until its Shayrat attack, limited its involvement in Syria to removing the so-called Islamic State (IS) from its stronghold in the city of Raqqa. The Pentagon admitted on Thursday that it accidentally killed 18 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, its ally in the fight against IS, in an airstrike on Monday, just south of the town of Tabqa, some 40km (25 miles) from Raqqa. More than 300,000 people have lost their lives and millions of people have been displaced since a peaceful uprising against Mr Assad six years ago turned into a full-scale civil war.     Source:BBC
 Airtel Ghana, the Smartphone Network has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting quality education in Ghana through a ‘Back to School’ donation of educational supplies to pupils of Tanoso SDA Cluster of Schools and the Sokoban Methodist School in the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions respectively.   The donations are in line with the company’s bold ambition to empower young people to fully realise their potential through the provision of educational materials and infrastructure.   A team from Airtel Ghana, led by the Zonal Business Manager for Ashanti and Brong Ahafo, Kwaku Asiedu, made a donation of books, school bags, pencil cases, mathematical sets, and lap desks to over 1,000 pupils in both schools.   Speaking at a brief ceremony at the Tanaso SDA Cluster of Schools, Kwaku Asiedu reiterated the company’s commitment to support the education of thousands of young people in the country through the provision of educational materials.   He said “Airtel Ghana believes in empowering the next generation of leaders to fully realize their potential through the power of education. This is evidenced through our School Adoption and Evolve with STEM initiatives which seeks to invest in infrastructure developments and encourage the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.   Through the School Adoption programme, we have invested in infrastructure such as classroom blocks, libraries and ICT centers to facilitate effective teaching and learning in several schools across the country.   This donation is aligned to our commitment to invest in communities we operate in – especially in the area of education. This donation is also a way for us to invest in the lives of our brothers and sisters as part of the Easter festivities”.   The Heads of the Sokoban Methodist School and Tanoso SDA Cluster of Schools, Mr. Charles Berko and Mr. Daniel Kwasi Okrah were optimistic that the pupils would put the materials to good use and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Airtel Ghana for investing in the lives of young people across the country. The beneficiary pupils expressed their gratitude to Airtel Ghana for the kind gesture.   Airtel Ghana continues to play a significant role in promoting education in Ghana through its CSR initiatives. The company has won several local and international awards such as “Best CSR Initiative at the Africa and Global Carrier Awards.   Source: Airtel Ghana
A rainstorm is expected to hit the entire country on Thursday evening.   Mr Michael Padi, Senior Meteorologist at the Ghana Meteorological Agency told the Ghana News Agency in an interview, that by weather indicators, the storm was expected at about 1900 hours. He urged the public to take all necessary precautions to ensure, that no unpleasant incidents occurred during the storm.   Mr Padi reminded the public on the need to avoid seeking shelter from underneath trees during such periods.   “Thundery activities easily get attracted to structures such as trees, and the risk of lightening is very high within tree shades,” he said.   Mr Padi said weak structures should be avoided when one was seeking shelter, since they were easily blown down by strong winds.   The senior meteorologist urged motorist to be extra cautious during the period.      Source: GNA
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