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Bogoso Explosion: Truck Driver, Motorcyclist And Police Escort Still Alive : Police

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The Ghana Police Service has responded to queries about the whereabouts of the driver of the truck that exploded near Bogoso in the Western Region on Thursday.

According to the Director-General of the Police Public Affairs Department, ACP Kwesi Ofori the driver is alive.

In addition to this confirmation, he said the motorcycle rider whose collision with the truck sparked the fire that triggered the blast is also alive, just as the police escort assigned to the truck.

Speaking on Citi FM, ACP Kwesi Ofori said the Tarkwa Divisional Police duly signed and approved a police escort for the truck which was transporting explosives to Chirano Gold Mines.

The police officer has since been interrogated and provided relevant information to the police on what happened.

“The police administration will like to place on record that the vehicle in question was under escort and documents were prepared and given to the escort team to escort the product to its destination. It was properly signed by the Tarkwa Divisional Police and there is no foul play at all…The police officer has been interrogated and has given his opinion on the matter,” ACP Kwesi Ofori explained.

Following the Thursday afternoon incident, many different accounts have been given including claims that the driver and the motorcyclist had died.

Others also claimed that there was no security escort for the transport of the explosives.

But according to ACP Kwesi Ofori, the police escort, motorcyclist and truck driver all survived the deadly incident.

He said the driver, together with the police escort helped to reduce the number of casualties by warning nearby residents including school pupils in a school to move away due to the imminent explosion.

“When the incident took place, the police officer quickly alerted those around the scene that there is a likelihood that there would be an explosion. When the accident occurred, it took about 15 to 20 minutes before the first explosion. The police quickly with the driver tried as much as possible to tell the onlookers to leave the place. Some heeded others didn’t. The first occurred and the second explosion ravaged the town and the village where a lot of destruction took place,” ACP Kwesi Ofori added.

“The driver, the police officer and the motor rider are all alive because they heeded to the advice,” he noted.

Meanwhile, at least 13 people have been confirmed dead with 59 others badly injured.

Over 170 families were directly affected by the incident.

Meanwhile, the Vice President, on behalf of the government visited the Bogoso Catholic Parish Relief Centre where over 300 of the displaced persons are being catered for and donated mattresses, bags of rice as well as GH¢200,000 for the upkeep of survivors.

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Achimota School: Akufo-Addo Sells Achimota Forest?

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Since midday, the Achimota Forest Reserve has been trending on social media, particularly on Twitter and Facebook.

This comes after the government announced, via an Executive Instrument (E.I), that the popular reserve is no longer a forest reserve.

The E.I, which was signed by Lands and Natural Resources Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, states that the land is no longer needed as a forest reserve.

It also stated that the ban will take effect on May 1, 2022.

“An Executive Instrument (E.I.) 144 gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor indicates that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve.”

“The President’s action was in accordance with Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157) which gives him the authority to declare that particular land is no longer required as a forest reserve,” a portion of the E.I said.

This news has got a lot of Twitter users expressing their concerns on same.

The Achimota School Twitter handle (@AchimotaSchool) tweeted asking “is it true Achimota Forest Reserve has been sold?”

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Kylian Mbappe Reportedly Agrees Terms To Join Real Madrid

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According to new reports, PSG star Kylian Mbappe has agreed terms with Real Madrid and will be announced as the club’s new signing after the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid next week.

With only one month left on his current PSG contract, the World Cup winner insisted on waiting until the end of the season to discuss his future, but Madrid have now secured his services on a free transfer.

According to a new GOAL report published on Tuesday, May 17, Madrid has reached an agreement with Mbappe after four months of negotiations, with only a few minor details remaining to be finalized before a deal can be announced.

According to the publication, even if Mbappe does announce his departure from PSG in the coming days, Madrid will not make his transfer to the Bernabeu public until after the Champions League final.

“Mbappe’s arrival in Madrid will most likely be confirmed in early June, and his official unveiling at the Bernabeu will be postponed until after he returns from international duty with France on June 13,” the report said.

Kylian Mbappe reportedly agrees terms to join Real Madrid and will be announced as a new signing after Champions League final

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Over 15 Hearts Of Oak Players Hospitalized As Strange Disease Hits Camp

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Accra Hearts of Oak have been hit by a strange disease that has left about 15 players hospitalized in Accra.

The first to be rushed to the hospital for treatment was attacker Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, who reportedly had symptoms of cough, cold, and malaria.

On Sunday night, midfielder Fredrick Ansah Botchway was also rushed to the Mamprobi Polyclinic for treatment after complaining of similar symptoms.

Other players, such as Nurudeen Abdul Aziz, have been taken ill at the Universal Clinic in Madina, while Seidu Suraj and Amankwah Baafi have also been admitted.

Other players who have not yet been named have been reported to have visited the hospital for treatment and are currently on medication.

Sulley Muntari, Samuel Inkoom, and Gladson Awako, on the other hand, have escaped the illness.

Only five players reported for training on Monday, with the majority of the stars unable to attend with only two days until the game.

The situation may have an impact on Hearts of Oak’s midweek match against Bibiani Gold Stars on Wednesday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Due to their inability to raise enough players for the match, the defending champions may request that their match be postponed.

Although the club has not determined the cause of the disease, it appears that food poisoning is not the cause of the widespread illness at the Hearts of Oak camp.

According to reports, the hotel where the team stayed was possibly infested with mosquitoes. Hearts of Oak who used to camp at Accra’s San Hotel have moved to another hotel.

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