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Missing Takoradi Girls: 2 Nigerian nationals sentenced to death by hanging for killing the girls

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Takoradi Missing Girls: 2 Nigerian nationals sentenced to death by hanging for killing the girls

Missing Takoradi Girls: 2 Nigerian nationals sentenced to death by hanging for killing the girls

Two suspects involved in the four missing Takoradi girls case were on Friday 5 March 2021 slapped with death sentence by the Sekondi High Court.

The two Nigerians Samuel Udeotuk Wills and John Oji were charged for kidnapping and murdering Ruth Abakah, 19; Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21; Ruth Love Quayson,18 and Priscilla Koranchie, 15.

The two have 30 days within which they can appeal the sentence.

The High Court presided over by Justice Richard Adjei-Frimpong, a Court of Appeal Judge with additional responsibility as a High Court judge, gave the sentence after the 7-member jury found them guilty.

The girls went missing between July and December 2018 and confirmed dead by the police in August 2019.

Background

The accused persons in the case were both Nigerian nationals and friends. The first accused Udoetuk Wills who claimed to be a trader was resident in Kansaworado in Takoradi, while the second accused person, John Oji, also claims to be a salesman at a tobacco dealership form in Port Harcourt, Nigeria but often visits Udoetuk Wills in Kansaworado.

Takoradi Missing Girls: 2 Nigerian nationals sentenced to death by hanging for killing the girls

The first of the four to be kidnapped was identified as Ruth Abeka 18 and resident at Diabene with the grandparents and other siblings, followed by Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21 and a student of University of Education, Winneba, and resides at Diabenekrom with the parents.

The third victim, Ruthlove Quayson, 18, was a student and also resides at Diabenekrom with her parents, and the fourth Priscilla Mantebea Koranchie, 15, who also resided at Fijai Hills with her parents.

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Man stoned to death for stealing cat in Tema

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Man stoned to death for stealing cat in Tema

A 37-year-old man Abdullah Gedo has been stoned to death at Jerusalem a suburb of Tema by some unknown residents.

According to reports, luck eluded Gedo who is said to have stolen a cat on Sunday dawn.

Some individuals who saw him with the botty pounced on him and was hit with slabs of stones.

The Stolen cat

The Stolen cat

Gedo was found in a pool of blood and efforts made at resuscitating him proved futile.

Gedo stoned to death

Gedo stoned to death

A brother to the deceased Alhassan Issah, said they are yet to come to terms with the incident and hope the police will do a thorough investigation to unravel the mystery behind his death.

Residents of Jerusalem say the stealing of cats has become rampant in the area with several cats missing in this short period of Yuletide.

The remains of Gedo has since been deposited at the Police Hospital pending an autopsy.

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Western Togoland Secessionist group attacks Ho STC yard and sets fire into buses

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Western Togoland Secessionist group attacks Ho STC: Some members of the secessionist group in the Volta region attacked the State Transport Company(STC) Monday night in yet another dangerous attack.

The members of the group reportedly fired gunshots at the STC Yard, not only that they mercilessly beat up drivers at the yard who were spending the night at the yard in the Volta regional capital, Ho.

The angry militant group burnt down some STC buses. This follows last Friday’s attack blamed on secessionists calling themselves by different forms of identifications.

These are some of the photos from the scene;

Western Togoland Secessionist group attacks Ho STC yard

Western Togoland Secessionist group attacks Ho STC yard

Friday, September 25, 2020 news went widespread to the shock of Ghanaians that several routes to the Volta Region(Mepe-Sege road and the Accra-Ho road) got blocked by members of the different secessionist groups preventing the flow of traffic.

The members of the group were also reported to have attacked the Aveyime and Mepe Police Stations in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region where vehicles and weapons were stolen.

They were believed to have belonged to one of the Western Togoland Group and the Homeland Study Group Foundation organizations.

It appears as though the different groups share the same interest to seek independence of the Volta Region from Ghana as a country on its own.

The members issued a warning to the Ghana Police Service and the military to stay indoors till further notice or surrender peacefully to the Western Togoland Security forces.

The ultimatum issued by the group pointed out that the restoration to Western Togoland statehood, under the leadership of Togbe Yesu Kwabla Edudzi I, is being consolidated.

As such Togbe Yesu is the Chairman of Western Togoland Restoration Front (WTRF), the political wing of the Western Togoland independence struggle.

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Airbus Scandal: Special Prosecutor secures flight ticket for Samuel Mahama

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Airbus Scandal: Special Prosecutor secures flight ticket for Samuel Mahama

Special Prosecutor secures flight ticket for Samuel Mahama: The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has stepped up efforts to have Samuel Adam Foster alias Samuel Adam Mahama returned to Ghana to aid the investigation into the Airbus bribery scandal.

DGN Online has gathered that the Special Prosecutor has through the Ghana High Commission in the United Kingdom (UK) bought an air ticket for Samuel Adam Mahama.

However, sources say Mr. Mahama is not likely to return home voluntarily and thus Interpol’s support may be required in bringing him home to answer queries regarding Ghana’s acquisition of the Airbus jets for the Ghana Air Force.

It would be recalled that a few days ago, Special Prosecutor made a request for Samuel Adam Mahama, brother of former President John Mahama, to be offered the opportunity to be evacuated to Ghana.

Mr. Amidu made the request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

In a news release, the Office of the Special Prosecutor indicated that it wrote to the Ministry on July 24, 2020, urging the Ministry to “offer Samuel Adam Foster also known as Samuel Adam Mahama the opportunity to accept to be part of the evacuation flight for Ghanaian citizens stranded in the United Kingdom to return to Ghana through a scheduled flight on 27th July 2020.”

“Samuel Adam Mahama must be given the opportunity to voluntarily accept to return to Ghana and put himself upon the Republic of Ghana to vindicate himself and save this country of the millions of foreign exchange from the public purse that must be expended to extradite him to Ghana from the UK or any country in execution of the Interpol Red Notice issued against him as a fugitive wanted for prosecution as published on 10th July 2020.”

According to the release, the Office’s letter stated that amongst other reasons, Samuel Adam Mahama’s elder brother of the full blood who without doubt and the evidence available to the Office answers to the description of the elected Government Official I allegedly granted a denial interview to the Daily Graphic which published same on 20th June 2020 fortunately containing suspected admissions that he is the elected Government Official I referred to in the UK judgment.

The release said the letter argued that it was important for the depoliticization of the case in question.

Interpol recently issued an international arrest warrant for Samuel Mahama over his alleged involvement in the Airbus Bribery Scandal.

Samuel Mahama also known as Samuel Adam Foster has been accused of accepting bribes to influence a public officer and acting in collaboration with a public officer for the public officer’s private gain.

In his arrest warrant, Interpol indicated that for the offence, he is liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 25 years.

The arrest warrant was issued on July 10.

Also declared wanted are Sarah Furneaux, Sarah Leanne Davis, and Philip Sean Middlemiss.

According to Interpol, the four individuals are “fugitives wanted for prosecution” for their roles in accepting and paying €3,909,756 as bribe, on behalf of AIRBUS SE, to some key Ghanaian public officials from 2009 to 2015.

It noted that once Mr Adam Mahama who is believed to be the brother of former President John Mahama is traced, “assurances are given that an extradition will be sought upon arrest of the person, in conformity with national laws and/or the applicable bilateral and multilateral treaties.”

Ghana was listed among five countries in which Airbus paid or attempted to pay millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for contracts.

The bribes or attempted bribes led to a court in Britain slapping a fine of £3 billion on the company.

Airbus admitted the bribery claims.

Court documents had shown that Airbus was slapped with five counts namely failing to prevent bribery, using a network of secret agents to pay large-scale backhanders to officials in foreign countries, including Ghana, to land high-value contracts.

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