This was after Prosecuting Officer, ASP George Amega told the Accra Metropolitan Assembly Magistrate Court presided over Ali Baba that the three accused persons – Ibrahim Tetteh alias Hotcake, Moses Attoh and Abdul Rauf would have to be transferred because the police were embarking on a decongestion exercise.
He said the exercise had become necessary due to overcrowding and prayed the court to remand the three suspects into prison custody for the time being.
Counsel for the accused persons objected to the move on grounds that it would be difficult for them have conference.
However the trial judge noted that since the police were embarking on a decongestion exercise the accused persons should be sent to prison.
The other suspects Kofi Kpoh, Agenyega Amedeka, Comfort Aryeek, Samuel Kponmegbe, Otokunnor Sackey, Samuel Tetteh, Gabriel Aheto, Prince Sackey, Enoch Kofi, Joshua Tetteh, Joseph Laryea and Salifu Sumaila have been released on bail. The matter has been adjourned to November 6, 2012.
The facts of the case as presented by the prosecution are that in 2011, a certain Amadu Salifu was killed by one Alex Cudjoe (at large), adding that in the course of investigating the matter, the late chief was arraigned for abetment of murder at the James Town Magistrate Court.
He said the chief was granted bail at an Accra Human Rights Court on condition that he would not set foot in Oblogo pending final determination of the trial in order to ensure peace in the town.
According to him, the chief subsequently failed to appear before the James Town Court and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest but he appealed against the bail conditions at an Accra High Court which rescinded the decision of the Human Rights Court on grounds that it restricted his movement.
The prosecutor noted the chief was however bonded by the High Court to ensure there was peace in the town.
Mr. Amega said on April 8, 2012 the acting chief of Oblogo Nii Okine in the company of others went to the Weija Police Station to report that the late chief was seen in the company of others firing shots indiscriminately but the police rushed to the scene to find that the allegation was frivolous.
The police officer noted that the acting Oblogo chief and his alleged accomplices had earlier threatened that the unthinkable would happen if the deceased continued staying in the town.
He noted that a few days later, Nii Bibini was killed and investigations revealed that on the said date the deceased had engaged the services of a carpenter and mason to renovate some parts of his palace which was burnt.
Explaining further, the police officer stated that at about 4:00pm, a group of people including the accused persons stormed the palace of the deceased, chased him and killed him instantly.
|Flour User's Meeting in Ghana|
The Ashanti Regional Branch of the Ghana National Flour Users Association (GNFUA) has expressed grave concern about the sharp increases in prices of flour on the market in recent times, calling on government to help save their businesses.
The President of the association, Comfort Akotua, noted that their businesses were collapsing at a fast rate lately because prices of flour on the market continue to escalate on a daily basis.
She spoke exclusively to TG shortly after the official launch of activities to mark the 10th anniversary of association in Kumasi.
Madam Akotua disclosed that a bag of flour was going for GH¢100, about three times the price of flour some few months ago.
She noted that prices of sugar, margarine and all items used to bake bread and other foods had been increased, a development which was negatively affecting the bakery industry.
Madam Akotua said several energetic Ghanaian youth had been employed in the bakery industry and consequently appealed passionately to government to implement policies and programmes that would halt the escalation of prices of products on the market.
To curb the increase in prices of various goods, Madam Akotua implored government to supply flour at affordable prices to the stakeholders.
Formed 10 years ago, GNFUA now has membership of over 600 most of whom bake bread and also provide jobs for the youth of the country.
Nana Kyei Baffuor, Asemhene, the special guest at the event, urged bread bakers to transmit their deep knowledge in the profession to the budding youth to help sustain the profession.
He expressed delight about the steady growth of the association over the years and tasked the members to remain united and work hard to develop the association in the coming years.
|Lifeless body of Arimi Issah and Arimi before his death.|
DSP Manteaw told TG the suspect (currently at large) was being sought by police to help with investigations into the death of Arimi, a resident of Tema Community 12.
According to the crime officer, the suspect allegedly fired several warning shots in front of the night club after a male bystander supposedly hit the boot of his unregistered grey Citroen as he arrived at the entertainment center.
Still angry over the incident, the suspect was said to have walked over to the bystander and warned him not to hit his car again.
DSP Manteaw said it is unclear when Arimi arrived at the club, but he was said to have walked to the driver’s side of the vehicle and spoken to the suspect.
Checks by the paper later revealed the deceased was shot after unsuccessfully trying to calm his friend down following his earlier confrontation with the bystander.
The crime officer said the suspect shot his friend as he walked away from the vehicle then sped off.
Onlookers reportedly rushed the deceased to the nearby Crystal Hospital but he died on the way. He has since been buried in line Islamic practice.
Superintendent Gabriel Amankwah Dokyi, Commander of the Community 1 District Police Station said frantic efforts were being made to arrest the suspect and bring him to book.
He urged members of the public to assist the police with information that may lead to his arrest.
Some residents of the area told the paper the suspect who was also a pimp, often pulled pistols on persons who offended him.
Some alleged he was recently deported from the US for similar offences.
The residents said Clifford was very popular in Tema and was noted for hanging out with alleged prostitutes.
The deceased who was reportedly associated with the musical group R2B was said to have recently returned from a trip to the US
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
NANA AFRIYIE, a self-styled businessman has been arrested by officers from the Documentation and Visa Fraud Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters for the role he played in defrauding a British investor while his accomplice, Jerry Williams is on the run.
The 38-year-old man, under the guise of partnering the investor in the export of gold, ended up defrauding him of a colossal amount of $87,000 being seed capital he received to run Express Capital Investment Ghana Limited.
A 2005 Toyota Sequoia which was assigned to the company was as well used for personal gains instead of office work.
The suspect has since not made any effort to either return the car to the investor or refund the $87,000 which was being contested in court.
Afriyie was arrested on Wednesday, October 15, 2012.
He has since been arraigned and remanded by an Accra Circuit Court to reappear on Wednesday October 24, 2012.
The British investor, developed interest in investing in the country and discussed his intention with one Nadine Hararaim in the UK, where he lived.
Nadine, after listening to his friend, introduced him to Nana Afriyie, who was now the suspect, as a royal from Ghana, suggesting he was capable of helping him to venture into any business in Ghana.
Armed with this information, the investor eventually came to Ghana to meet suspect Afriyie.
Afriyie discussed several businesses booming in the country to the investor.
The two finally settled on gold business because it was more lucrative.
With no qualms to worry about, the investor began to finance the incorporation of the Express Capital Investment Ghana Limited for the smooth running of the business.
Afriyie, on his part, introduced one Stella to the investor that she owned a gold concession and could supply them with gold for export.
The con man, allegedly, asked the investor to give him money for the purchase of gold with a promise to export to Americas for sale to yield more profit to run their business.
Even though he renegaded on his commitment, the accused, who got the investor convinced, kept asking for more money and took a total of $87,000 from him to buy 4kg of gold.
The amount was paid in two installments; the suspect took $45,000 while his runaway accomplice, Jerry Williams collected $42,000 on his behalf.
The investor, having suspected that he might be dealing with a fraudster decided to retrieve all his investments, including the car.
After several fruitless attempts, he decided to report to the police, leading to the arrest of Afriyie.
Afriyie has since made two appearances at the court and would re-appear on Wednesday.
The Deputy Director of the Documentation and Visa Fraud Unit, ASP Seth Sewornu confirmed the story and a said investigation into the matter was on-going.
|2012 Hajj Mecca|
THE SPOKESPERSON for the Hajj Council, Alhaji Halidu Haruna says only twenty persons who paid to embark on this year’s pilgrimage failed to do so.
He was reacting to a commentary on Kumasi’s Zuria Fm by the News Editor of TG to the effect that the figure was in the hundreds as he gathered.
He said the Hajj Council cannot be blamed for the inability of the 20 persons to be airlifted because according to him “some of them were attached to males with whom they were expected to travel with as per Saudi regulations but such males had left them behind. Under such a situation the airlines are reluctant to carry them because of the challenges they could face at the hands of the Saudi authorities.”
Others too he said withheld airfare payments but quickly turned round to pay when they realized things were moving smoothly. Such persons he continued “are those who go and see highly placed persons to come and intervene creating problems for us.”
He took a swipe at those he said were trying to damage the image of the Hajj Council pointing out that “for airlifting 5700 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia we should be commended rather condemned as some people are trying to do.
Such people do not do the right things such as paying on time yet they go to radio stations and say all sorts of things against the Hajj operations.
Call such persons and ask them when they made payments,” he demanded adding “we are ready to refund those whose monies are with us.”
As a human institution he went on “we cannot be totally perfect.”
As to whether the curtains have been pulled over this year’s Hajj operations or not he said he could not tell because he was yet to receive briefings to that effect from the authorities.
The climax of the Hajj falls on Friday, a national holiday for Muslims in Ghana.
Those who could not make it to Saudi Arabia this year have returned to their various homes hoping that next year they may make it.
One of them who gave his name as Yahuza said “I have collected my money and I’m on my way to Yendi having spent 18 days in Accra.”