Africa

Kidnappers of Canadian girls had a bomb

File photo: A grenade is an explosive weapon typically thrown by hand

It has emerged that an explosive weapon was found among the arsenal of the kidnappers of the two Canadian ladies rescued on Wednesday.

Pro-government newspaper, Daily Guide, reports on Friday, June 14 that besides the grenade, the kidnappers had an assortment of firearms “which were kept for defensive and offensive purposes.”


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Ayariga challenges Amidu's capacity to prosecute him

Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga, says the Special Prosecutor cannot prosecute him because he is above statutory retirement age of 60.

On Monday, the MP’s lawyers argued that Mr. Martin Amidu was above 65-years as of the time he was nominated and approved as Special Prosecutor and, therefore, per Article 199 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, he is not qualified to hold a public office.


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Farmers demand increase in cocoa prices – Report

Farmers drying cocoa beans

Cocoa farmers have called on government to increase producer prices of cocoa by October 2019.

They argued that the producer price of cocoa was inadequate and had worsened their economic welfare.

This was contained in a research report: ‘Assessing Farm Gate Pricing and Income of Cocoa Farmers,’ launched in Accra yesterday and it aimed at identifying key players in the cocoa industry who are involved in the determination and setting of cocoa producer prices.


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French Open 2019: Djokovic beaten by Thiem in semi-final

Dominic Thiem

World number one Novak Djokovic's bid to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time was ended by Dominic Thiem in the French Open semi-final.

Thiem beat the 32-year-old 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5 in the semi-final, which began on Friday but was interrupted by bad weather three times.

The fourth seed will face 11-time champion Rafael Nadal on Sunday, a repeat of last year's final.

Thiem, 25, is the first Austrian player to reach a second Grand Slam final......


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Don’t panic; keep doing business with rural banks – BoG

Bank of Ghana Boss Dr. Addison

The Bank of Ghana has denied social media rumours that its intended clean-up of the rural and community banks sector will cause depositors to lose their funds.

In a statement, the central bank said its attention “has been drawn to malicious messages circulating on social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook that an intended ‘clean up’ of the Rural and Community Banks (RCBs) sub-sector would negatively affect depositors fund with RCBs, urging them to move their funds to other institutions”.


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Caf President Ahmad Ahmad allegedly arrested in France

Caf President Ahmad Ahmad

The Caf leader was reportedly taken in on Thursday morning at a hotel in France where he was staying for the Fifa congress
Caf President Ahmad Ahmad has allegedly been arrested by French police at the Berri Hotel in Paris.

The Caf boss was in the European nation to attend the Fifa congress, which brought about Gianni Infantino’s re-election as President of the governing body.

According to Jeune Afrique, Ahmad Ahmad was detained at 8:30am local time and will face the anti-corruption agency's Central Office for Combating Corruption and Financial and Tax Crimes (Oclif).


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Eid al-Fitr: Ghana needs you alive – Akufo-Addo to Muslim youth

President Akufo Addo with Chief Imma

President Nana Akufo-Addo has congratulated Muslims in Ghana and the world for successfully going through the one-month fast in the holy month of Ramadan and urged them, especially the youth to be moderate in their celebration to avert mishaps.

“I congratulate the Muslim Ummah of Ghana, and, by extension, the entire Muslim population of the world, for braving the pangs of hunger and thirst for an entire month”, Mr Akufo-Addo said in a statement.


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Kwame Osei-Prempeh appointed acting Managing Director of GOIL

Kwame Osei-Prempeh

The Board of Directors of GOIL Company Ltd has appointed Kwame Osei-Prempeh as the Acting Managing Director and Group Chief Executive of the company.

His appointment took effect from 3rd June 2019.

Mr Osei-Prempeh has been a Board Member of GOIL since 2017. He takes over from Patrick Akorli who has taken his leave prior to retirement after 23 years of service to GOIL.

Mr Osei-Prempeh has a wealth of experience in public service and in private practice as a senior legal practitioner.


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Action against Barclays Bank Ghana; a step in the right direction – Banking Consultant

Banking Consultant, Dr Richmond Atuahene

A Banking Consultant has lauded the Bank of Ghana’s action against Barclays Bank Ghana, saying it is a step in the right direction.

Dr Richmond Atuahene says “…So for me, it is part of the conduct regulations which I believe, it is okay with the Bank of Ghana which is very good because the pricing of the currency is very critical.”


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A-G to protect 'privileges' of charged MPs

Mahama Ayariga, MP and former Minister of state

Deputy Attorney-General, Joseph Kpemka, says henceforth his outfit will ensure Parliamentarians are not impelled to appear in court on days that the House is sitting.

This is after Tuesday’s clash between two arms of government -Parliament and the Judiciary- following an order by an Accra High Court forcing Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga, to abandon Parliamentary duties and appear to defend corruption charges brought against him by the Office of the Special Prosecutor.


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