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Professor Naana Jane visits late Ismael Mensah family of Kasoa, donates GHC10, 000 on behalf of JM

Prof.Naana Jane(left) consoles Hajia Sahadau(right)

The Running Mate of President John Dramani Mahama in the 2020 polls, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang has paid a surprise visit to the family of the late 10-year old Ismael Abdallah Mensah, who was murdered in cold blood for a suspected money rituals last week.

The Professor, who made the visit in the early hours of Tuesday, April 13 made a cash donation of Ten Thousand Cedis (10,000.00) on behalf President John Dramani Mahama. The NDC first female Running Mate, who was accompanied by North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the NDC, Ade Coker and a host of other party bigwigs commiserated with the family.

She said, President Mahama and the entire party had heard of the gruesome murder of the late Ismael with uttermost shock and pledged their willingness to supporting the family towards justice on the sudden death of their son.

“President Mahama and the NDC will continue to be with you in these trying times as you mourn your dear son.” Professor Opoku Agyemang stated.

As part of efforts aimed at comforting mother of the late Ismael Mensah,  Professor Opoku Agyemang had a one-on-one counselling session with Hajia Sahadatu Abdallah, the bereaved mother.

On his part, Spokesperson of the family, Samed Akalilu commended President Mahama and the entire NDC fraternity for their unalloyed support over the past few days when the unfortunate incident happened.

He said, the family was elated to discover that the party has already issued a media statement urging the security agencies and the courts to expedite action in seeking justice for the bereaved family.

“We are glad to note that the NDC has already issued a statement on this matter, we are grateful to the party.” Mr.Akalilu stated.

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Contempt case against Rex Omar, 14 others adjourned to May 17

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The Accra Human Rights Court yesterday adjourned to May 17, 2021, the case in which a lawyer is seeking the court to jail musician, Rex Omar, and 14  others for contempt of court.

Mr Gabriel Awunyo, who is representing George William Dickson, veteran musician, Akosua Adjepong, and two others, was in court on Wednesday to move the contempt motion against the respondents, but was told the presiding judge, Justice Gifty Addo was indisposed.

Mr Awunyo has stated that the respondents disrespected the court by electing board members of Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) when there was a pending suit concerning the election.

His said his clients filed the instant action in their capacity as members of GHAMRO, a company Limited by guarantee and registered under the laws of Ghana.

On November 4, 2020, the applicants initiated action against the respondents, who are board members of GHAMRO, and subsequently served respondents with the process.

The applicants said they wanted the court to injunct the election of members to the GHAMRO board until the final determination of the matter.

The applicants averred that since the commencement of the action, Yaw Oxbon, a respondent, had at all material times represented the respondents in court.

In the affidavit in support of the motion to commit the respondents to prison for contempt of court, counsel for applicants, Mr Awunyo stated that the respondents had openly discussed the matter on radio, television and on social media how they were determined to go on with the election of new board members of GHAMRO regardless of the lawsuit.

He said the contempt shown by the respondents followed an entrenched pattern of behavior over the years.

The applicants said they also filed another application and served on the respondents specifically to restrain them  from holding elections to appoint a new board, and that the respondents were in court on April 15, this year, to confirm that the applicants’ interlocutory application was served on them.

However, the respondents went ahead to elect members on the April 19, 2021, the night before the motion was to be heard.

The conduct of the respondents, the lawyer argued was likely to prejudice a fair hearing of the motion.

He said the respondents were doing this with the full knowledge that there was a pending suit for injunction application which had been served on them seeking to restrain them from electing a new board, but continued unjustly enrich themselves at the expense of the members.

Mr Awunyo contends that the only intent of the respondents was to bring the authority and administration of the law into disrespect and interfere with the pending litigation.

Source: GhanaianTimes

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Government commissions secretariat to receive complaints on media harassment

 Government has commissioned a secretariat to receive and validate complaints of attacks on media practitioners in Ghana and advocate their rights and freedoms.

The Secretariat, known as: the National Coordinated Mechanism on the Safety of Journalists, would be a centre for media practitioners to report issues of intimidation and harassments in their line of duty for investigation.

It is located at the former offices of the National Media Commission (NMC) in Accra.

Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister of Information, who cut the tape to officially open the Secretariat, said it formed part of government’s commitment towards ensuring the safety of journalists in the country.

He said discussions on establishing a secretariat to promote media safety started about two years ago, which allowed stakeholders to make meaningful inputs.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the office would primarily receive and validate complaints of intimidation and harassment of journalists, as well as advocate media freedoms and rights as enshrined in Chapter 12 of the 1992 Constitution.

“Two years ago, we began this conversation on what we can see today. I must say that this is an additional layer of government’s commitment to a free media,” he said.

“This adds up to the existing layers such as the Right to Information Act, establishment of the Right to Information Commission, and the repeal of the Criminal Libel law to strengthen media practice, as opposed to the claims of media silence in Ghana, which I disagree with,” the Minister said.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah entreated the staff and leadership who would work at the Secretariat to treat complaints with absolute professionalism and dispatch and help deepen collaborations between the media and its stakeholders.

Mr George Sarpong, the Executive Secretary of the NMC, said the opening of the office reinforced stakeholders’ commitment to the safety of the media.

He said the office would support media practice and freedom, adding: “This will serve as a ‘go-to-complain centre’ on the safety of practitioners.”

Mr Sarpong assured the media that the office would seek their welfare and safety, and deal with matters expeditiously.

However, he advised them to be professional in their practice and not necessarily court troubles for themselves in their line of duty.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ms Sheila Kessie Abayie-Buckman, the Director of Public Affairs, Ghana Police Service, said the security services would collaborate with the Secretariat to provide safety for journalists in the country.

She said the Police Administration would do its part in ensuring that the media went about their duties safely.

DSP Abayie-Buckman said the country’s media were testaments of the thriving democracy and needed to be empowered to play their role effectively in nation building.

Mrs Linda Asante Agyei, the Vice President, Ghana Journalists Association, advised journalists to report to the secretariat whenever they were attacked and not restrict them to the airwaves.

She said the Centre would help stakeholders to get accurate data on attacks on the media and pursue them for the safety of journalists.
Source:GNA

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Akufo-Addo accepts Kissi Agyebeng’s nomination as Special Prosecutor

All you need to know about Kissi Agyebeng, Ghana's Special Prosecutor  nominee
Mr.Kissi Agyabeng

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has accepted the nomination of Mr.  Kissi Agyebeng as the Special Prosecutor.

This was made known in a statement issued by the presidency today, Thursday, May 6, 2021.

The statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin, said a letter has been sent to the Speaker of Parliament to that effect to seek parliamentary approval in accordance with law.

“It will be recalled that President Akufo-Addo accepted the resignation from office of Mr. Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor on November 16, 2020, and in accordance with section 13 (8) of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959), is required to appoint a replacement within six months of the position becoming vacant.”

“To this end, the Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, on 16th April 2021, nominated Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, under section 13 (3) of Act 959, to the President for consideration as the second occupant of the Office of the Special Prosecutor,” the statement added.

The Presidency in the statement said it “is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the confirmation process of Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, so he can assume the position without delay.”

About Kissi Agyebeng’s nomination

The Attorney-General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, nominated the law lecturer and private legal practitioner as the replacement for Martin Amidu, who resigned from the position in November 2020.

Section 13 (8) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) requires the President to appoint a person qualified for appointment as Special Prosecutor within six months of the Office becoming vacant.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has the mandate to investigate and prosecute all suspected corruption and corruption-related offences as pertaining to public officers, politically exposed persons and persons in the private sector alleged to have been involved in any corruption and corruption-related offences.

Apart from initiating investigations on its own, Act 959 gives the Office of the Special Prosecutor the power to receive and investigate complaints of alleged corruption from the public or investigate suspected corruption or corruption-related offences upon referral from public bodies such as the Attorney General’s Department, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

Kissi Agyebeng was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana, as well as Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada and Cornell Law School, USA.

He has, since 2006, been teaching Criminal Law at the University of Ghana, whilst engaging in private law practice.

Source:citinewsroom

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