Ambrose Dery the Minister for the Interior has advised the members of the vigilante group Delta Force who raided the Kumasi Circuit Court and freed some 13 suspects on trail to report themselves to the police or they would be pursued.
He gave an assurance that, government will deal with the issue and ensure that those involved are arrested and prosecuted.
Addressing the press Thursday, the Minister said, “We absolutely condemn the incident that took place in Kumasi. We are going to make sure that law takes it course and that no one in Ghana is above the law. The police are pursuing the 13 suspects, and I wish to make clear that we shall do all within our power to make sure that they are arrested and brought to face the law. Let the message go out there to the 13 persons that it is in their interest to resubmit themselves to the due process and have their day in court, that the police will pursue them, But if need be, we shall involve all other security agencies as it may be necessary to make sure that they are brought to justice.”
He said the case got to court, it was within the ambit court but now that they have become fugitives of justice, they come again within our remit and we are pursuing them to arrest.''
He also condemn the incident and gave the assurance that the law will take its place and no one will be above the law. We shall do all in part and make sure that they are arrested and face the due process.''
The Police in the Ashanti Region have arrested eight members of a vigilante group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who stormed a Circuit Court today [Thursday], and freed some 13 colleagues who were facing charges for causing disturbances at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.
The Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yaw Nketiah-Yeboah, confirmed the latest arrest to the media.
ASP YAW Nketiah Yeboah said the eight were arrested around the Asafo overhead close to the Prempeh Assembly Hall.
A bench warrant he added has been issued for the arrest of the other members who staged the unlawful attack.
Meanwhile, the Interior Minister Ambrose has advised those who were freed.
At an emergency meeting the Minister said: ‘’We absolutely condemn the incident that took place in Kumasi. We are going to make sure that law takes it course and that no one in Ghana is above the law. The police are pursuing the 13 suspects, and I wish to make clear that we shall do all within our power to make sure that they are arrested and brought to face the law. Let the message go out there to the 13 persons that it is in their interest to resubmit themselves to the due process and have their day in court, that the police will pursue them, But if need be, we shall involve all other security agencies as it may be necessary to make sure that they are brought to justice.” -
The Ghana Water Company (GWCL) has in a statement said it has begun the electronic billing of customers, while it phases out paper billing gradually.
The statement said SMS messages have been sent to customers in the Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions.
The statement said: “In our bid to serve the public better, the Management of the Ghana Water Company limited, wishes to inform our cherished customers that, it is making a transition from Paper Bill delivery to electronic billing (e-bills) through SMS and or Emails.’’
“GWCL began sending e-bills concurrently with paper bills from March 2017, and will gradually cease delivering that of the paper bills.’’
The statement further urged customers to cooperate with its personnel in providing the required details which include the customer’s name, customer’s accounts number and customer’s Phone number and or email address.
The new billing system by the GWCL was GWCL introduced to replace the old paper system in June 2016 on a pilot basis in the Tema region.
According to GWCL, The new electronic system will calculate the water consumption instantly, and automatically send to customers their corresponding bill via text message and or e-mail.
The Member of Parliament for Efutu in the Cental Region, Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin has underscored the need for peace as residents prepare for the celebration of this year’s Aboakyir festival.
The festival which is celebrated annually has received low patronage over the years due to factions among chiefs in the area.
But speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s Parliamentary correspondent Naa Darkuah Dodoo said, the festival, which has been characterized by chieftaincy conflicts in the past years, should see some level of peace to make this year’s celebration memorable.
The MP said, ‘’I will humbly appeal to residents to desist from any act of violence or lawlessness. To disagree with someone does not warrant violence but rather, the law should be allowed to work. We should allow the Asafo Groups and Chiefs to do what is necessary for a memorable celebration this year.’’
Hon. Markin further called on the youth in the area to avoid being used by anyone to engage in any act of violence.
‘’I will admonish the youth not to allow themselves to be used by anyone for any act of violence…We should allow peace to prevail. This year’s festival must be memorable. It is an internationally recognized festival and draws tourists from various countries and so, we should ensure that this year’s festival becomes memorable.''
The legislator also used the opportunity to appreciate the efforts of traditional leaders, pastors and other opinion leaders for their contribution towards the development of the area.
Hon. Afenyo-Markin went ahead to appeal to the police service to start engaging with stakeholders in the area to ensure law and order would be maintained during the festival. He said, the police should wait until the festival draws close before engaging the stakeholders, he stressed.
A festival has no political colour and so I will also appeal to politicians to desist from politicizing the festival to prevent any undue tension in the area, the MP added.
The Aboakyir Festival is celebrated by the Efutu of Winneba Traditional area along the Coast of Ghana.
The is one of the commonest and important festivals celebrated in the Central Region of Ghana.
Deer hunting is organised in honour of the tribal god of the people of Winneba called "Penkye Otu". The god receives an annual sacrifice of a deer from the people. It is usually celebrated in the month of May.
Pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) an affiliate to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) says the 15% increment in transport fares is politically motivated.
The group has described as unacceptable and unfair, the increment after government announced some major tax cuts including that on petroleum.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Arnold Boateng, General Secretary of AFAG said, the Minister of Transport was not smart enough and believes has brought upon the government a negative image.
The former NDC government he stated rejected an attempt by transport operators to increase transport fares hence, wonders why this administration allowed the transport operators to have their way.
The plight of commuters he decried should be of prime concern.
AFAG he explained was formed to serve the interest of Ghanaians and not any political party.
‘’We are serving the interest of Ghanaians and do not speak for or on behalf of any party. Those claiming that we are affiliated to the NPP are misinformed. Our priority is to serve the country and we will continue to speak against any form of injustice and bad governance. We will promote and pursue good governance. We will continue to put pressure on government if we feel their actions will not benefit Ghanaians.’’
A statement released by transport operators in Ghana said, the increment is line with the Administrative Instrument on public fares.
The statement said, ‘’the road transport operators have reviewed the prices of various elements that go into running of commercial transport services and have increased road transport fares by 15%.’’
The increment the statement further indicated, cover the following transport operators; Intra-City (Trotro); Inter-City (Long Distance) and Taxi Cabs.
Reports reaching rainbowradioonline.com indicates that a vigilante group allegedly affiliated to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Delta Force stormed the Kumasi Circuit Court today [Thursday], and freed the members of their group who were facing charges for causing disturbances at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.
The group according to an eyewitness vandalized some court properties, and almost assaulted the Judge, Mary Senkyire.
The court had remanded the suspects and ordered that they reappear on 2oth April, 2017.
The 13 were detained in connection with the group’s raiding of the Regional Coordinating Council on March 24, where they were alleged to have assaulted the newly appointed Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei.
The judge according to the eyewitness was saved by the police after the group attempted to attack her.
The police is yet to effect an arrest following the vandalism.
The newly appointed Head of the Local Government Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur has outlined what he terms, a five thematic areas he intends to work with.
Addressing the press, Dr. Ato Arthur underscored the need for transparent and accountable local governance.
He said ‘’we need to strategically re-position MMDAs to be able to implement the one district-one factory program.’’
Another area he intends to work with is sharing best practices through training or sister city partnership.
The Head of the Local Government Service added another area is to use workable ICT in our assemblies to improve revenue mobilization. So I bring on board these five thematic areas that I ask the office to support me realize this vision. I cannot do it alone, he concluded.
The management of the Kumasi Academy Senior High School (KUMACA) has been asked form one and two students to go home and resume on May 4, 2017 due to the tension and uneasiness among students.
Students at the school have staged disagreement after authorities revealed after an autopsy that the death of some four students were due to meningitis.
In all, a total of 26 cases of meningitis have since been reported at various hospitals from the school with four ending up with deaths.
However, some students asserted that the deaths were spiritually related.
The situation led to uneasiness at the school. Following that, management has asked form one and two students to go home.
The students were supposed to take their end of term of exams from now till next week and vacate next week Wednesday, 12 April, 2017, but since the exam didn’t come on, management met and decided to let them go home, Cassandra Tsumakor the Ashanti Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) said.
The third years are still in school because of the West African Senior School Exams (WASSE), she added.
The Minister in charge of National Security, Hon Ken Dapaah has said the actions of political vigilante groups are against the laws of the country hence the law enforcement agencies are taking serious steps to deal with such groups.
He made the statement in response to a question which was asked on behalf of Hon. Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, the Minority Chip and MP for Asawase in Parliament today [Thursday].
The Minister in his submission he said ‘’we must not mix criminality with politics; lawlessness must be punished as demanded by the laws of our country. Government has made it clear through the Inspector General of Police (IGP), to deal appropriately with all criminals irrespective of their political affiliation.’’
Political parties he stated must play a key role in dealing with the existence of vigilante groups.
‘’We must resolve as a house-urge all political leaders in the country to come together and deliberate on measures to discourage the establishment and recognition of such groups in political structures within the interest of state security.’’
The grand scheme by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), is to see the National Democratic Congress (NDC) divided and so I will call on party supporters not to allow that to happen, Mr. Yaw Owusu Obimpeh, the Ashanti Regional branch chair of the umbrella family has stated.
Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Obimpeh said, the blame game, insults, allegations and finger pointing after their defeat, will not augur well for the party.
‘’We lost the 2016 general elections but that should not divide our front, that should not make us attck and blame each other. We have to unite our front. We can only come back to power if we are united. The blame game will not help us. We should be extra careful. The way and manner the NPP is treating us today, is not the best. They are on a mission to divide the party. We cannot accuse people of squandering party funds without any evidence. If you believe someone has done that, you will have to prosecute the person.’’
The cracks within executive members in the region he warned, will negatively affect impact activities of the party.