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Gyan should have taken part in penalty shootout – Appiah

Sports News of Saturday, 9 February 2013 Source: footyghana Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah believes that current team captain Asamoah Gyan should have taken part in the penalty shootout during Ghana’s semifinal against Burkina Faso.He told GTV’s Stage Africa host Jerry Kwame Ayensu that even though he understands Gyan’s reasons for not wanting to take penalties for the Black Stars, the set of circumstances demanded a show of leadership from him.“I understand Gyan’s reasons for not wanting to take a penalty and I don’t want to go into that, but in such circumstances, leadership by example is needed and he should have taken the first penalty to boost the team’s confidence. If I was in his shoes, I would have taken a penalty.”Appiah added that the set of players who took Ghana’s penalty kicks did not include the best penalty takers in the squad, noting that some might have had stage fright.“I know most of the boys and those who are good penalty takers were not amongst those who took the kicks. ...

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Boakye-Yiadom ready for third-place role

Sports News of Saturday, 9 February 2013 Source: -- Richmond Boakye-Yiadom is relishing the chance to make his Africa Cup of Nations debut on the last day of Ghana's campaign.Ghana meets Mali in the third place play-off match on Saturday in Port Elizabeth.The striker has been sidelined by injury since the Black Stars kicked off their group campaign in South Africa but has remained pleased with the progress of his teammates.“I thank God for healing me and getting me back to my feet. I think whatever the boys have done and the coach, I have confidence in what they have done to bring us this far,” Boakye-Yiadom said on Friday after training.But after recovery from the injury which kept him out of five matches up to this stage of the Nations Cup, Boakye-Yiadom says he will grasp whatever role coach Kwesi Appiah hands him as Ghana bid to win the third-place match.“The decision will be taken by the coach either I have to play or I have to stay back and support the team to win,” the 20 year-old striker said.“All I need is, I want us to take the third-place. Injury or without injury, the only thing is we have to get third-place. ...

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Sexual Offenders Must Be Publicized

The Human Rights Advocacy Center is calling for names of sexual offenders to be published to protect the children and young girls from sexual abuse.This follows reports from the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit Report which indicated ten girls are reportedly raped each day in Ghana.The report stated that about 800 girls under the age of sixteen are defiled a year with about ten cases a day.Speaking to Citi News Robert Apori Amoafo Programs manager at the Human Rights and Advocacy Center stated that the courts must start publishing the details of sexual offenders once they are found guilty.According to him a lot of people are liable and the figures tend to increase in the remote areas as well as the hinterlands.We need to send this information to the national level so that punishment and other deterrent issues that are able to scare these people from doing these things would be ensured.

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10 Girls Are Raped Everyday In Ghana

Hardly a day goes by without a report on a child defilement case in the media, and according to child rights groups working on the issue, at least 10 girls under the age 16 are defiled every day in the country.They say that even though the cases reported in themselves are alarming, they constitute only about 10% of such abuses, as the overwhelming majority of the cases are hushed.The penalty for defilement was increased in the 1998 amendment to the Criminal Code (ACT 29) to a minimum of seven and a maximum of 25 years without an option of a fine.Yet recent studies show that sexual abuse of children in Ghana is still alarming high.Figures from the then Ministry for Women and Children Affairs (MOWAC) put the annual case of reported defilement cases at around 800 a year, but according to one of the groups working to stop the practice, Light For Children Ghana, this is only a small portion of an alarming national catastrophe.For this year alone, Ghana News Agency bulletins have been recording an average of about three defilement case a day.The majority of the defilement cases are hushed, according to child psychologists, because in some case the victims do not understand what has happened to them or are afraid of being shamed or accused of being bad girls.Some guardians also prefer to keep such incidence to themselves.This is especially the case where the abusers happen to be family members. There have also been cases of neighbors, teachers, pastors and all sorts of people abusing girls some as young as two years.There are also instances where guardians go to the police, but later stop following the case and give up because they find the processes cumbersome, studies indicate.Making the situation worse, according to Mrs Juliana Azumah, the last Minister for MOWAC, was that the over 50,000 children living and working on the country's streets were often taken advantage of by sexual predators or run to commercial sex as way of making a living.Also in certain parts of the country such as in parts of the Upper West Region, for instance, Action Aid Ghana, reports that an average of 50 young girls below the ages of 15 and 17 are abducted for marriage every year in the Jirapa, Lambussie/Karni and Sissala East districts.Figures at the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) National Secretariat indicate that boys are also sometimes abused sexually, but the vast majority of the victims are girls.

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Police probe mystery death of girl, 4

The Sofoline Police in Kumasi have begun investigations into a case in which a four-year-old girl was found dead under the bed of a 30-year-old man who is said to be mentally retarded.According to an eyewitness account, there were dry foams in the nostrils and mouth of the girl when the body was discovered a day after she had gone missing in her house at Denchemuoso, near Kwadaso in Kumasi.The police confirmed the incident and told the Daily Graphic that investigations were underway to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of the little girl.According to the police, the suspect was yet to be arrested.Meanwhile, all tenants in the house where the girl lived have been invited for questioning.The Chief of Denchemuosor, Nana Ofori Sarkodie, also told the Daily Graphic that the girl was reported missing around midday on Saturday, February 2, and all efforts to locate her proved unsuccessful.He said it was around 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, that he was informed that the body of the little girl had been discovered under the bed of one Atta Yaw, the prime suspect.Briefing the Daily Graphic about the incident, Nana Sarkodie said moments after the little girl got missing, a search party started looking for her but could not locate her until the following day.He said it was the family members of Atta Yaw who informed him that the body of the missing girl was lying supine under Atta Yaw's bed.Nana Sarkodie also said prior to the discovery of the body, the family of Atta Yaw could not find him so they also started searching for him.He said around 3:30 pm on Sunday, one of the family members decided to take the mattress of the suspect to dry in a field, explaining that the suspect had been wetting his bed all the time.He said it was after she had taken the mattress that she saw the body of the missing girl, lying under the bed.Nana Sarkodie said the woman who discovered the body became hysterical, and her behaviour attracted some people who rushed there only to find the body lying in a supine position under the bed.

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Princess Ocansey arrested for human trafficking

Princess Asie Ocansey The Chief Executive Officer of the Channel of Blessing Ministry, Princess Asie Ocansey, has been arrested by the police for allegedly recruiting young Ghanaian women and men to Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia to work as domestic servants and butchers.Princess Ocansey hosts a radio programme on Sunny FM every Saturday afternoon and uses the platform to recruit the victims.She is also said to have visited churches to lure the youngsters into believing that their lives would change if they travelled outside the country.The Director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Mrs Patience Quaye, said the complainants in Ocansey's case were the American Embassy in Accra and a young woman.The identity of the woman, aged 27, has been withheld.According to the police, the young woman, who was a staunch Christian, was alleged to have been lured to Kuwait by the suspect, believing that she would live a better life but was shocked by what she went through when she arrived there.The police said the young woman was made to believe that she was going to work in a supermarket, but she was rather pushed into prostitution.After that the young woman was brought back from Kuwait about two months ago with serious mental problems.Mrs Quaye said the victim had told the police about her horrifying experience the result of which was her current mental instability.Supt Quaye said the victim was brought to the unit by her uncle and brothers, screaming and running around the car park of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.When the relatives finally managed to calm her down, the victim started screaming that " I will not die, I will not die".Supt Quaye said the victim looked pale, dehydrated and drowsy so after her statement and that of her uncle had been taken, she was sent to the 37 Military Hospital for treatment where she was admitted for some weeks.She said doctors at the hospital could not immediately administer any drugs on her because she had been heavily sedated and kept passing out.Supt Quaye said after her discharge from the hospital, she narrated her ordeal to the police, claiming that a lot of young Ghanaian girls were suffering.Some of the victims are even said to have lost their lives in the process.From the narration of the victim to the police, she claimed to have heard the announcement on the radio and followed up to Princess Asie Ocansey's office in Tema.After a few days of orientation, seven of them were sent to Kuwait to work in a huge supermarket.She said on arrival they were met by three Arab men who packed all seven of them and their luggage into a car.As soon as they arrived at their destination, their passport, luggage and mobile phones were taken from them.Thereafter they were pushed into a room where they met young women from other countries.The victim indicated that they were not given water or food and for the two days that they stayed in the room it was locked from outside and the ventilation in the room was very poor.The room was only opened when men from various recruiting agencies came to select those they thought could serve their purpose and took them away.It was a relief when she was picked by one of the men thinking that she was going to work in the supermarket, but little did she know thather problems were just beginning.She was moved from one location to another sleeping with men, and at a point she passed out because she couldn't take it anymore.She pleaded with the doctor who treated her in hospital in Kuwait to call her family in Ghana.It was based on the efforts by the doctor that she was able to get in touch with her family who compelled Ocansey to bring her back to Ghana.Following her arrest, Ocansey told the police that she was not the only person in Ghana with the backing of labour laws to recruit girls to the Gulf countries.She said several girls had been sent there to work and that the victim was not the only woman she had sent there to work.According to Ocansey, she had information from his counterparts in Kuwait that shortly on arrival, the victim fell in love with a Kuwaiti man.According to Princess Asie Ocansey, the man, after sleeping with her, realised that the young woman was a virgin and, therefore, quit the relationship.She claimed it was the breakdown of the relationship which caused the young woman to develop a mental problem.Supt Quaye said the American Embassy had also made a complaint against Ocansey.Ocansey is currently on police enquiry bail assisting in their investigations.

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Serial Rapist Busted

Suspect Solomon Otoo in police custody According to the victim who claimed to have been violently raped by the suspect, exactly a week before his arrest, the suspect assaulted her severely before raping her.Not satisfied, the victim said, the suspect then raped her anally as well.When he was finally satisfied, the victim claimed suspect Solomon then pushed her out of the vehicle and sped off.The trader said during the struggle she bit the ear of the suspect and broke the windscreen of his vehicle.'A passerby who saw me lying helplessly by the road, took me to the nearest clinic where I was on admission until I finally met him at the police station, arrested for committing a similar offence,' she added.Narrating the arrest to DAILY GUIDE, ASP Christine Srofenyoh, the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) officer in charge of Madina, said suspect Solomon was brought to the station around 6:00am by some passersby for attempting to rape a passenger.According to the witnesses in the case, they saw the suspect struggling with the victim in the taxi which had been parked in a secluded area with the central locking system locked.Neighbours managed to rescue the weak lady who had human bites and bruises all over her body.When the lady was asked what was amiss, she said she hired the suspect's vehicle from Kwame Nkrumah Circle to Madina around 1:30am.The driver, she said, intentionally diverted his route through Haasto and finally stopped at Haatso Bohye around 3:00am.There, the suspect attempted to rape her but she resisted.In the process, the suspect tortured her severely so he could easily rape her.The suspect struggled with the victim until about 5:30am when some passerby spotted them and went to her rescue.When the suspect's taxi was searched, there were blood stains on the front seat where the victim had sat as well as some strands of the victim's hair.While taking her statement, the 29-year old trader who had been a victim a week earlier, came to the station to identify the suspect as the one who had raped her.Further investigations revealed that the same Solomon Otoo had been arrested in 2009 and brought to the station for raping a lady.He was remanded for 18 months in prison custody until a Human Rights court gave him reprieve through a bail.ASP Srofenyoh said both victims were still receiving treatment at the hospital and would be discharged soon to help the police investigate the matter.She urged individuals who may be victims of the act of suspect Solomon to report to the Madina DOVVSU.By Linda Tenyah

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Police mount search for Sakumono rapists

The Sakumuno Police have launched a manhunt for two persons who allegedly raped two female nursing students at Lashibi, Community 18 near Tema, at gunpoint after robbing them of their valuables.The two suspects, George Prah Peprah and Moro lssifu, allegedly lured the students into a guest house where they pointed guns at them and commanded the students to fondle each other whilst they recorded the episode, before forcibly having sex with them.The recording is said to have been xit on the internet, portraying the students as lesbians.Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Reuben Dugah, Sakumono District Police Crime Officer, who confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE, noted that on November 29 2012, two female nursing students (name withheld) met one of the suspects through a telephone conversation and agreed to meet at Community 18, Lashibi, for some items that the mother allegedly sent through the suspect to her.According to the crime officer, the next day, the invitee asked her colleague to accompany her to meet the suspect, which she obliged, adding that they met the suspect with another person at the said location.He said the suspects lured the female students into a guest house where they had a lengthy conversation till midnight when the ladies requested to leave, but the suspects asked them to come for the items in one of the rooms, and they obliged.Immediately they reached the room, the suspects pulled out pistols and commanded the victims to undress and fondle each other.He stated that the suspects robbed the victims of their Samsung Galaxy S and Nokia mobile phones and used same to take naked pictures of them while the ladies fondled each other under duress.After sometime, the suspects separated their victims and while one of the suspects took one victim to the washroom, the other kept his victim on the bed of the room and they both raped their prey.DSP Dugah explained that Cal Bank Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards were also taken from the victims and around 2am. ...

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Statement – Ministry Of Information And Media Relations

General News of Monday, 4 February 2013 Source: Ministry Of Information And Media Relations Ministry Of Information And Media RelationsPress Statement3rd February 2013The Government has noted some concern in the public mind about the Ministry of Gender, children and Social Protection and the President’s appointment of Nana Oye Lithur, a known human rights activist as Minister designate for the Ministry. The Government wishes to point out that the Ministry has been created to coordinate and better implement social intervention programs aimed as safety nets for the poor and vulnerable in our society. The Ministry would be required to compile a database and track the effect of government's social intervention programs on these segments of our society...

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Two banks Refund Missing Funds

Business News of Monday, 4 February 2013 Source: GNA The Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) and the National Investment Bank have refunded an amount of 387,125 Ghana Cedis that was fraudulently withdrawn from the Gomoa East District Assembly’s accounts at the two banks in 2011 to the Assembly.Mr Isaac Kingsley Ehunu-Armah, the District Chief Executive (DCE) made this known at a press conference at Gomoa Afransi.He said some unscrupulous persons managed to withdraw the 300, 000 Ghana Cedis from the Assembly Account at Agona Swedru branch of GCB and 87,125 Ghana Cedis also at NIB in Cape Coast.The DCE said the amount was refunded following a court action the Assembly took against the two banks.He said the two banks decided to settle the matter out of court since the fraud occurred as a result of their own negligence.Mr Ehunu-Armah said the amount was refunded on 10th September, 2012 and 31st December, 2012 respectively and have been paid into the accounts of the Assembly at the banks.The DCE who was flanked by Mr Michael Tawiah, Presiding Member and Mr Baba Iddi, District Coordinating Director of the Assembly, said the press conference was to clear the air of any misinformation in the minds of the people in the District.He assured the people that despite the loss of the money the development projects for which the amount was donated for did not suffer any setbacks adding that with refund the projects would be completed on schedule.Mr Ehunu-Armah expressed gratitude to the two banks for their cooperation with the Assembly in its effort to retrieve the money and hoped that the already existing relationships between the Assembly and the banks would be continued.The funds which got missing were given by Danish Government to Gomoa East District Assembly to undertake sanitation projects at Gomoa Akwamu.It would be recalled that in 2011, some concerned citizens of Gomoa East District staged a series of demonstrations against the Assembly on the mysterious disappearance of the 387,125 Ghana Cedis.

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