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NLA in GHC 150,000 bribery scandal; Lawyer admits sharing money to MPs

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NLA in GHC 150,000 bribery scandal; Lawyer admits sharing money to MPs

NLA in GHC 150,000 bribery scandal; Lawyer admits sharing money to MPs

Legal Advisor to the National Lottery Authority is entangled in an alleged bribery scandal which also involves the immediate-past members of Parliament’s Finance Committee.

Legal Advisor to the National Lottery Authority is entangled in an alleged bribery scandal which also involves the immediate-past members of Parliament’s Finance Committee.
In what appears to be a case of misappropriation of taxpayers’ money, the lotteries regulatory agency led by former Boss, Brigadier General Martin Ahiaglo (Retired), spent GHC 150,000 to facilitate deliberations on the amendment of the National Lottery Act, 2006 (Act 722). The Authority is reported to have used the money to pay allowances to members of the Select Committee on Finance after it organized a workshop for them on amendments to the new lottery law, Act 722.
Legal Advisor to the NLA, David Lamptey in separate emails to the Director-General then, Brigadier General Mertin Ahiaglo (Retired) in August 2016, which have been intercepted by Joy FM, requested for the approval of a total sum Ȼ150,000 presumably to “push the bill for the consideration” by parliamentarians.

The decision to receive the cash has also raised questions about the propriety of Parliament receiving money work for which MPs already draw salaries from the state.

Head of Public Affairs at Parliament, Kate Addo

Head of Public Affairs at Parliament, Kate Addo said, parliamentarians are not supposed to take money from any institution to facilitate the passage of a law. The host of the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Kojo Yankson caught up with Mr. David Lamptey, the man who originated the several emails requesting the amounts, but he denied any attempt on the part of the NLA to bribe members of the Committee.
“I must say that our [corporate] emails are confidential, and so I’m not sure where this email is coming from; I haven’t read that email [and] I am not in the position to speak to it because I haven’t identified the email; you are reading it out to me. I don’t know the source, I don’t know whether it’s the same email [and] whether it was generated by me; I would need to check your source and then check what transpired during that process.”
Struggling to justify the need to raise such an amount of money to facilitate the passage of a bill, Mr. Lamptey said “we had to pay for the members of parliament to be accommodated” at the Royal Senchi Hotel where he claimed the workshop took place. “Any payment made was to provide the committee the necessary resources they needed to be able to travel to the venue,” he added.

James Klutse Avedzi

The then Chairman of the Finance Committee, James Klutse Avedzi admitted collecting money from the NLA but said they received only GHC 100,000. He, however, said the money was given to the committee members as per diem/sitting allowance contradicting the claim by the NLA that it was used to pay for accommodation for the MPs.

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Two people transporting human bones to fetish priest arrested in Kwamekyere

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Two people transporting human bones to fetish priest arrested in Kwamekyere

Two people transporting human bones to fetish priest arrested: Two men have been arrested in the Eastern Region in possession of objects believed to be human skulls and bones, the police have said.

The suspects – Awatey David Okra, 22, a driver, and Nicholas Amenuvor, 20 – were arrested by residents of Kwamekyere, a community in the Ayensuano District, following a tip-off.

A statement from the police said a search of their taxi cab revealed a black suitcase containing bones, suspected to be human.

According to the police, the suspects said they were transporting the items to a fetish priest known as Gagba of Kwamekyere village on behalf of one Djoka of Niifio.

When the police accompanied the suspects to Gagba’s shrine he was not around. However, a pot containing a skull, believed to be human, was found on the compound.

“The suitcase with the bones, the pot containing the skull, and the pan with its contents were retained for evidential purposes whilst the two suspects are detained for further investigation,” the police spokesperson for the region, Francis Gomado, told the Accra-based Starr FM.

“Meanwhile, efforts are underway to trace and apprehend the other accomplices for the appropriate action to be taken and also to send the bones and the skull to the Police Hospital mortuary [in Accra] for preservation, determination, examination, and identification.”

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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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