A returnee from Libya, Benjamin Ocansey, has given a chilling account of the horrible scenarios migrants go through in the hands of rebels.
The returnee speaking in an exclusive interview with Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, disclosed how they are treated inhumanly to the point of death.
Benjamin Occansey told the host the rebels sometimes inserts sharp objects into their anal region on the premise of retrieving hidden money.
Narrating how it is done, he said, the rebels will insert the sharp objects including knives in the anal region of men and cut through to the genitals to remove monies hidden there.
The women he disclosed suffer similar treatments because the rebels inserts the knifes in their genital region and anal part to retrieve hidden monies.
Some die as a result of the pain and loss of blood.
According to him, there is no form of treatment after this is carried out, a situation he disclosed causes the deats.
Access to balanced meal he said is an illusion because they do not get access to food and the only option available to them is to use bones of dead human beings as firewood to prepare rice and eat.
The journey to European countries through Libya he added increases on daily basis despite the chilling and horrible stories told by returnees.
When asked why he went to Libya, he revealed his aim was to go through Libya with the aim of revenging a fraudster who defrauded him and escaped from Ghana.
He advised Ghanaians who have planned of traveling to Europe through Libya to rescind their decision and use legitimate means.
The number of deaths recorded on the journey he lamented are uncounted because on the journey, you are on your own and when someone falls off the vehicle we journey on, you are not rescued due to the speed at which the vehicles travel.
More than 100 migrants died in early September when their crowded rubber boats were wrecked off the coast of Libya, the MSF aid agency on Monday quoted survivors as saying.
The two vessels had set out from the Libyan coast early on September 1st, each carrying scores of people, mostly African, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said in a statement on its website.
One boat’s engine failed later that day and the other began to deflate, it quoted a survivor as saying. Some survived by clinging to floating wreckage.
Deputy General Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho says he does not think President Akufo-Addo has the capacity to fight corruption.
The aspiring general secretary told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm the president has not shown leadership in the fight against corruption.
The President has not proven to us that, he has the capacity to fight corruption, he added.
According to him, the corruption under Nana Addo has gone through the roofs and due to that, his ministers are resigning from their jobs.
He stressed that the president doesn't have the capacity to fight corruption and he has failed the country.
"And I hope that Ghanaians cannot wait to vote him out in 2020," he said.
He was optimistic the NPP would be voted out in 2020 because the corruption is unprecedented.
He was emphatic corruption is at the seat of government hence the inability of Nana Addo to fight it.
When asked what he was expecting to see to convince him of the zeal of the president to fight corruption, he said, the over bloated appointees under him is a mark of corruption and so, looking at Nana Addo's number of appointees, I will say I am convinced he is not ready to fight corruption and in 2020, Ghanaians will vote him out.
Proprietor of the Glorious Child School Limited Mrs Josephine Akweley Kpoti-Mayor, has appealed to the Ministry of Education to ensure strict supervision as the double-track begins.
Speaking exclusively to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the educationist said, the double-track would succeed if supervision were taken serious.
In her view, if teachers fail in discharging their duties professionally, then we could encounter serious challenges.
She encouraged teachers to be punctual and further admonished head teachers to enforce strict supervision so the track system will succeed.
As part of efforts to engage the students who would report in November, the school has decided to engage the students who have been placed under the gold track and introduce them to the core subjects.
The first batch of double-track system reported on Tuesday.
The double track is an initiative of the government to address the growing number of students benefiting from the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy.
At least 490,514 candidates who sat the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) qualified to be in senior high schools (SHS) and technical institutes for the commencement of the double-track educational system.
They constitute 90 per cent of the 521,710 candidates who registered for the BECE this year.
Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has announced that government has instituted a Risk Management Team to resolve the challenges that may characterize the implementation of the $2 billion Sinohydro bauxite deal.
Speaking at an event organized by Accra based Citi Fm, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said, the government will ensure that the country makes the best out of the deal.
“We have put in place what we call the risk management team made up of people who are familiar with the Sino experience. Sometimes some argue that they [China] keep changing the goal post, you can agree on something or on a broad framework with them, next two weeks, before you sign off then they change it. So how do we get people who are very familiar with that construct to aid us through this process. We have a risk management team that is paying attention to it,” he added.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said the arrangement seeks to leverage a fraction of Ghana’s bauxite resources to address the infrastructure challenges, and will provide a wide variety of projects including hospitals, bridges, interchanges, roads, affordable housing, rural electrification, and many others in line with government’s development agenda.
Speaking at the 2018 Ghana Economic Forum in Accra on Wednesday 5th September, 2018, Vice President Bawumia stressed that Sinohydro’s mandate is to construct infrastructure, not engage in mining, and dismissed suggestions that the Nana Akufo-Addo government had sold Ghana’s bauxite to China for $2 billion.
Rather, government has set up a holding company which will soon enter into a joint venture agreement with potential mining companies, refineries and off-takers from across the world who have the capacity, to establish the bauxite mines and refinery, and the proceeds from Ghana’s share of the refined bauxite will be used to pay for the infrastructure.
“What this arrangement does basically, is to say that we agree with Sinohydro that they provide us with our choice of infrastructure worth $2 billion. The Sinohydro Corporation which is going to provide the infrastructure is not the company that is going to mine the bauxite and they are not taking our raw bauxite. In other words, Sinohydro is not a mining company,” Vice President Bawumia emphasised.
“Rather, government in our plans has set up a holding company backed by an Act of Parliament called the Ghana Integrated Aluminum Development Company that will soon enter into a joint venture agreement with potential mining companies, aluminum refiners and off-takers to establish the bauxite mines and refinery.
“After mining and refining, Government of Ghana will then use her share of the refined bauxite to pay-off whatever cost of the infrastructure provided by the Sinohydro Corporation. This will only happen after a period of three years and on condition that Sinohydro has completed the infrastructure projects that the people of Ghana has asked them to do.”
Tens of thousands of homes are without power and sea water is sloshing through coastal streets as Hurricane Florence begins lashing the US East Coast.
The hurricane is moving towards land with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph (150 km/h).
It lost power as it approached North and South Carolina, but officials warn it could still kill "a lot of people" with risks of "catastrophic" flooding.
Evacuation orders are in place for more than a million people.
The governor of North Carolina, where Florence is expected to make landfall at noon local time on Friday, said surviving the storm would be a test of "endurance, teamwork, common sense, and patience".
"The first bands of the storm are upon us but we have days more to go," Roy Cooper said.
National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said North Carolina is likely to see eight months' worth of rain in two to three days.
What are the dangers?
Conditions deteriorated throughout Thursday. Some areas of North Carolina saw almost a foot of rain just a few hours, and footage showed sea levels begin to surge in land.
At 23:00 local time (03:00 GMT) the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said wind speeds had slightly lowered, making it a category one hurricane.
The NHC says that despite the gradual lowering in wind strength, the storm remains extremely dangerous because of the high volume of rainfall and storm surges predicted.
"Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see," said Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).
He said that people living near rivers, streams and lowland areas in the region were most at risk.
How bad is it expected to get?
The latest weather predictions show the storm slowing to a near standstill as it pummels the coast with "copious amounts of rain" from Thursday night to Saturday.
Wind speeds are only expected to weaken on Saturday as the storm moves slowly across land.
Meteorologists have warned floodwaters may rise up to 13ft (4m) in areas as some rivers see their flows "reversed".
Parts of the Carolina coast are expecting 20-30in (50-75cm) of rain, with isolated regions receiving up to 40in of downpour.
More than 100,000 are already without power, but energy companies warn up to three million homes and businesses could also lose power.
Officials have warned restoring electricity could take days or even weeks.
Petrol stations in the area are reporting shortages.
Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm.
Emergency workers are arriving from other parts of the US to aid in rescues.
The Coast Guard has shallow-water response boats ready to help trapped residents.
How are people coping?
More than one million people have been ordered to leave the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, with more than 12,000 taking refuge in emergency shelters.
Asked what she was most worried about, Monica Scott, a young mother who had brought her children to a shelter in North Carolina, said: "Not having a place to go home to or a job."
Not everyone though has obeyed the warnings.
Queues were reported outside a branch of Waffle House in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. The restaurant is used as a measure of how bad storms are.
Private legal practitioner, lawyer Tony Forson has been elected as the new president for the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).
He toppled two other private legal practitioners,
Efua Ghartey and Peter Zwennes.
He polled 382 votes as against 315 and 215 votes garnered by his competitors respectively.
Mr. Forson takes over from Benson Nutsukpui whose tenure has come to an end.
The elections which took place, Thursday, September 13, 2018, in Koforidua where the GBA is having its 2018/19 Annual General Conference.
Lawyer William Oduro emerged as the Vice President with Yaw Boafo securing the Secretary position.
Mr. Gyau Baffour, the Assistant Secretary, Yaa Gyakobo, the Public Relations Officer and Saviour Kudze, the Assistant Public Relations Officer all retained their positions.
Ghanaian boxer, Emmanuel ‘The Game Boy’ Tago,e has exclusively spoken to Rainbow Sports over his discovery that, a son he fathered for the past 14-years turned not to be his biological son.
Speaking in exclusive interview with Isaac Worlanyo Wallace on Rainbow Sports, the boxer said, he was shocked after the discovery. The Ghanaian boxer was dragged to an Accra Circuit Court by one Ms Diana Otoo, mother of the child, citing neglect of paternal duties.
The 29-year-old claims he had always felt suspicious a conspiracy by the family of the woman who, he says plotted to siphon monies from him.
He disclosed to the host that at age 15, a young girl walked to his house and accused him of making her pregnant.
Tagoe told Wallace he was sure he was not responsible for the pregnancy but his late mum, took responsibility of the pregnancy, took care of the child until she passed on.
According to him, the family of the 14-year old kept asking for more money even though he was providing a monthly stipend of GHc500 every month.
He said his suspicion grew stronger following the behaviour of the mother of the boy who demanded he [Tagoe], send the 14-year-old boy to the school Asamoah Gyan, his former manager attended.
‘’I had to go back to court and seek permission to get a DNA done which the court faithfully granted. I was shocked after the results were released. The lady wanted to destroy my reputation. She was using means to draw money from me all these years.’’
When asked if he would take an action against the woman, he said, ‘’the court asked if I wanted my money I spent in taking care of the child over the past fourteen years back but I told the court that, for the sake of the child, I was not interested in retrieving a pesewa. I see this as freedom from the stress and pain I went through all these years. I thank God for exposing the lies and evil I suffered all these years. I forgive her for the sake of the child but I know God will surely reward her for the evil she committed against me.''
Five suspected armed robbers have been arrested by the Kasoa Divisional police command. The suspects Dickson Kumadzro, 42, Kwaku Atatsi, 22, Adjevi Yao, 35, Kofi Amewugah, 28, and Divine Mawuli, 30, were arrested on Wednesday upon a tip off. Addressing the press today [Thursday], the Divisional Police Commander, ACP David Agyeman Adjem narrated that; the police arrested the suspects upon a tip off at Wassa Akropong in a hotel. Three others he noted escaped arrest after jumping from the third flow of the hotel building. He disclosed that, the suspects robbed some Indian nationals at Wassa Akropong to the tune of GHc 270, 000 and 7.5 kilos of gold. Other items found on them were a pistol, Indian Citizen ID Card, a driver’s license, a cartridge, knife and hammer, the commander said. The suspects he said have been remanded and would be transferred to the CID Headquarters in Accra for further investigations. Meanwhile, he has appealed to Ghanaians to assist the police by providing vital information on suspicious characters in the area to help the police deal with criminals and criminal activies.
The Audit Service Board Chairman, Prof. Dua Agyeman and other members of the board have petitioned President Akufo-Addo to investigate the Auditor-General, Mr Yaw Domelevo over alleged breaches of laid down procedures.
The petitioned signed by the Board Chairman and the other members among allegations against the Auditor-General include refusal to notify the board of his official trips abroad, his penchant for making public statements that were sometimes embarrassing to the Audit Service and inimical to the safety of staff of the Audit Service; publication and distribution of Audit Reports without recourse to the board as prescribed by law and lack of accountability and transparency.
The board members are also accusing Mr Domelevo of not recognising their role and procuring vehicles for the Audit Service without following due process.
“The Auditor-General has stated emphatically that he is not answerable to the board and will ignore decisions of the board. This attitude is unhealthy and will affect the efficiency of the administration of the service. The board, therefore, wishes to formally make this report to you and for your attention,” the letter said.
This petition is coming at a time the Auditor-General has also petitioned the president to probe the Board Chairman over interferences in his work.
Mr Domelevo in his petition accused Prof. Agyeman and the other board members of clothing themselves with non-existent powers in their bid to control him unconstitutionally.
“The Chairman and his allies are clothing themselves with powers to direct and control me unconstitutionally and this must stop. I have, therefore, served them with a notice that I will not obey any unlawful instructions from the Board, including existing and new decisions that are inconsistent with the Constitution as stated supra,” Mr Domelevo stated.
He cited an instance when he wrote to the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) for approval to do restricted tendering in accordance with Section 38 of the Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663).
The Auditor-General also accused Prof. Agyeman of holding a meeting with another Deputy Auditor-General, Blessed Baffuor-Atta, and others, to discuss the audit of metropolitan municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) liabilities without his knowledge.
“The DAG showed me a letter inviting the Chairman in his capacity as the Chairman of the Audit Service Board to that meeting," he stated.
According to Mr Domelevo, when he questioned the chairman where his mandate to audit in the Public Service and the reasons for calling the DAG to that meeting without his knowledge emanated from, the response he had was that “he thought the audit in question was below my level as the Auditor-General”.
In another instance, the Auditor-General said Prof. Agyeman interfered in the work of the Audit Service by instructing a Deputy Auditor-General, Mrs Roberta Assiamah-Appiah, to invite an audit team conducting special audit at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to a meeting while he (Mr Domelevo) was away in Kigali, Rwanda on official duties.
Prof. Agyeman has however denied all the allegations.
In an interview with Accra based Citi Fm, he said, “it is not that we do not want to work with him. He is insisting that he is not answerable to the Board and that whatever instructions we give he will not take.”
“I have explained the circumstances surrounding all [the concerns he has raised]. Nobody will undermine the Auditor-General for anything.”
Other signatories to the letter sent to the president by the board of the Audit service are Nana Kwasi Agyekum-Dwamena, Dennis K. Y. Vormawor, James Frempong, Joyce Opoku-Boateng and Emmanuel M. Owusu-Ansah.