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Rawlings Had More Integrity Than Me – Amidu

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Martin Amidu has admitted that even though he is a man of proven integrity, former President JJ Rawlings had more integrity than him, when he served as head of state of the country.

Responding to questions on his role in the PNDC era at his vetting in Parliament Tuesday, Amidu noted “The chairman (JJ Rawlings) himself had more integrity than me that is why he was able to control the ship of state to a successful ending”.

The Special Prosecutor nominee also noted he is unable to live at peace with criminals.

“I can’t live in harmony with criminals, that I can’t. Decent people, I can live with them but criminals, I can’t”.

The former attorney general also boasted he was the best person for the post of special prosecutor.

“…If you want anybody who will be meticulous in investigation and prosecution, the president has made the best choice for you,” he said.

Stopping leakages and corruption

Mr. Amidu who is a former Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012 told the Appointment’s Committee that he accepted the President’s offer because wants to stop the leakages and corruption bedeviling the country since the return to constitutional rule.

“It’s important that this country is stabilized to make sure that no one gets the excuse to stage a coup. This can be done when we protect the national purse,” Mr. Amidu said.

The vetting of Mr. Amidu was in near limbo after a former deputy Attorney General Dr. Ayine filed a suit at the at the Supreme Court on Monday arguing that the nominee is too old to hold the position.

He wants the apex court of the land to annul the appointment because “…by reason of his age, (66 years), Mr. Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu is not qualified or eligible to be approved by Parliament as the Special Prosecutor under Section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2018 (Act 959).”

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Breaking: NPP Invincible forces attack Tumu Divisional Police Station

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NPP Invincible forces attack Tumu Divisional Police Station, there’s fierce exchange of gunfire right now, one person has been confirmed dead.

Yesterday a police patrol team from Wa, in a joint operation with the Tumu Divisional Police command of the Ghana Police service did a swoop on a gang of wee smoking NPP invincible forces, in the process, the police shot and killed one when they were escaping.

This morning the angry invincible forces decided to attack the Tumu Divisional Police Station threatening to burn it down but the police overpowered them with superior firepower and in the process killing another member of the invincible forces.

The Tumu police have called for re-enforcement from Wa.

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Tamale: Irate soldiers descend on police

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Some soldiers in the Tamale metropolis on Wednesday descended on police personnel and beat them for arresting their colleague following a complaint of assault.

Packed in three military vehicles and armed, the soldiers moved to town from their base, and unleashed their anger on any police officer who was spotted in town.

They moved to various banks in the Tamale metropolis and assaulted police personnel who were on duty, reports Graphic Online’s Northern Region correspondent, Samuel Duodu.

They even went to the Northern Regional Police Commander’s residence and assaulted a policeman on duty.

Duodu reported that the “soldiers armed to the teeth in three military vehicles went around the various banks in the Tamale metropolis to assault policemen on duty at the various points.”

“The incident started from the Bank of Ghana premises where the angry soldiers assaulted the policemen. They later moved to the ADB Bank and assaulted the policeman on duty there,” he said.

The policeman on guard duty at the main branch of the ADB Bank was also beaten up and sustained a head injury. He was rushed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH).

According to Duodu, a total of eight police officers were attacked in the process.

One of the injured police officers

The soldiers were reportedly angry because, a police investigator with the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), following a complaint of assault, which he was investigating had arrested the suspect [soldier], put him in handcuffs and was processing him for court.

When word went round the military barracks about the incident, the soldiers mobilised their colleagues and stormed town to avenge the said arrest.

According to our reporter, the incident has created a tension in Tamale as some police officers are arming themselves to face the soldiers in the attack said to have happened around 1pm on Wednesday.

The Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has convened an emergency security meeting following the incident.

Why the soldiers attacked the police

Briefing Graphic Online, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr Emmanuel Holortu in charge of DOVVSU in Tamale said the said soldier, Eric Darko, a corporal with the Airforce, owns a taxicab, which he gave to one Alhassan, a taxi driver.

Alhassan is said to have failed to account for a day’s sales of Gh₵35.

On May 1, 2018, Corporal Eric Darko traced the taxi driver to a Tamale suburb and allegedly assaulted the driver after some exchanges and an explanation that he was not working that day because it was a holiday.

The matter was reported to DOVVSU and Corporal Darko was invited as part of investigations.

Accompanied by a Lieutenant, Corporal Darko reported to the police on May 8 and was granted a police enquiry bail to report on Wednesday May 16, 2018.

Charged with assault 

Corporal Darko and the complainant, Alhassan reported at DOVVSU, Wednesday morning.

After interrogation, the police investigator told Corporal Darko that he has been charged with assault and was to be processed for court today.

According to DSP Holortu, the Corporal Darko was subsequently put in handcuffs and he requested to be allowed to make a phone call but took to his heels in the process whilst still in handcuffs and was pursued by the police.

With the help of some civilians, the police managed to re-arrest him and whilst he was being escorted back to the police station, they came across a team of soldiers who were on guard duties at the Bank of Ghana premises.

The soldiers reportedly intervened and collected the keys to the handcuffs from the police and assaulted them.

They sent word to the barracks and more soldiers stormed town to assault the police officers.

The soldiers were said to have fired warning shots in the process.

Source : www.graphic.com.gh

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Woman, 41, Gunned Down At Alavanyo

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A 41-year-old woman has been shot dead at Alavanyo Deme in the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta region.

According to reports, the incident occurred after an unidentified assailant opened fire in the conflict volatile community.

A second victim, an 80-year-old woman who sustained gunshot injuries, has also been rushed to the Margaret Marquart Catholic Hospital at Kpando, where she is responding to treatment.

Ngatheredered has it that the deceased, identified as Rejoice Atta Yaw was returning from the farm on Monday when she was shot at the entrance to her house.

The latest incident, adds to a long list of similar killings in the area, which has been under years of curfew due to conflicts with its neighbour, Nkonya.

A joint Police and Military peacekeeping team has been dispatched the town to avoid a reprisal attack.

The Interior Ministry last week reviewed the curfew hours in the Nkonya and Alavanyo townships, from 6:00pm to 6:00am effective Sunday, 6th May 2018 on the advice of the Regional Security Council.

 

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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