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The IGP on Friday at a presser said the police is considering banning social media on election day because it is a potential tool for fomenting violence based on the irresponsible use by political parties and a section of the public.

The proposed plan to ban social media access on election day has been roundly condemned by Ghanaians.
The IGP on Friday at a presser said the police is considering banning social media on election day because it is a potential tool for fomenting violence based on the irresponsible use by political parties and a section of the public.

“At one stage I said that if it becomes critical on the eve and also on the election day, we shall block all social media as other countries have done. We’re thinking about it,” John Kudalor said.
The IGP in his comments cited Uganda’s ban of social media on election day to back his claims.
However, many were particularly shocked that the IGP measured Ghana against Uganda, a country that stifles press freedom and coerce opposition forces.
Pulse.com.gh sort the opinions of some Ghanaians on Twitter and they were blunt in their disagreement with the IGP.

“I think the IGP should get back to reality. 2012 [elections], social media existed yet nothing happened,” Kwame Boamah.

Gifty Oware wondered why the IGP sees social media as a threat to national security, considering all the crimes and problem confronting the nations. “It’s unfortunate that aside all the crimes and problems we have as a nation, an IGP see social media as his threat to protecting the people of Ghana. Social media is a way of life and nobody can take this away from the people of Ghana,” Gifty said.

“How will social media affect this election if not positive? Who is he working for and why won’t they want Ghanaians to produce the evidence of their votes been counted?” she asked rhetorically.
Paa Kwasi asked the IGP to look at ways of harnessing the advantages of social media than ban it.
He said “It is mundane, despotic and a threat to the freedom we enjoy as a people.”

“Though it had it bad sides the IGP should not see only that side and go on with that ban. The IGP should show us how social media impacted negatively on the last election to convince us. Social media is here to stay and the Ghana Police Service get their act together, Kwasi added.
Edward Tagoe, who is among a group of Ghanaians using social media via Ghana Decides to facilitate election dialogue said IGP’s proposal is “unfortunate” and “ill-informed.”

He said:”It is unfortunate the Ghana Police is considering blocking social media on election day. It is obvious our security agencies are concerned about our safety and the sanity of the country before during and after election. I however think the current strategy they are considering is ill-informed. Social media is not any different from traffic or vehicles. The fact that vehicles kill people on the roads doesn’t mean they should ban the use of vehicles during Christmas. In fact, I remember the same institution putting in extra efforts during the last yuletide to ensure the free flow of traffic in the city. I do not recall a total ban of traffic. The Ghana Police perhaps should look at social media with the same pair of lenses. It should consider unleashing its online expertise (assuming they have that) on election day to ensure person who abuse the rights of others are brought to book. And if this is beyond the Ghana Police, then we are in trouble!”

CEO of Pop Out Ghana, Maximus Ametorgoh told Pulse.com.gh on Thursday that the IGP’s proposal was illegal and inefficient way of policing public commentary on November 7.
The IT Consultant who was disappointed in the idea by the police, said it is a lazy way of trying to forestall any kind of misinformation on the day.

“The idea should not be entertained. It doesn’t help our democratic credentials. How will people express their views about what is going on that day,” he asked.
He added that “There are already laws policing the publication of false information in the public domain, including social media. You can be prosecuted,” he said.
Maximus believes the police must rather build capacity to enforce those laws instead of taking a unilateral decision to ban social media use.

“They should rather work to enforce those laws, rather than decide to shutdown social media use.”

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Monkeypox Spreads To Two More Countries After Cases Double In UK

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As the global outbreak of monkeypox continues, two more countries have confirmed cases.

Previous cases outside of Africa have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, and elsewhere in recent weeks.

While the UK Health Security Agency announced that the number of cases in the country has risen to 20, Germany and Belgium have both confirmed the presence of the smallpox-like disease.

The medical service of Germany’s armed forces confirmed finding a single case of the “virus beyond doubt for the first time in Germany on May 19 in a patient with characteristic skin lesions.”

Belgian health officials confirmed two cases of the viral disease.

According to a Flemish broadcaster, both were discovered in men who had attended the same party.

Spanish health officials confirmed 14 new cases earlier today, bringing the total to 21, mostly in and around Madrid.

Another 20 cases are suspected, 19 in Madrid’s central region and one in the Canary Islands.

Italy has also confirmed two new infections, bringing the country’s total to three.

Smallpox vaccine is being offered to UK health workers who have been exposed to the virus.

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Namibian School Warns Parents Of ‘Demonic’ Webpage Indoctrinating Children

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A Namibian school has issued a warning to parents about a “demonic” website that they claim is indoctrinating children into committing evil acts.

The state-owned Grootfontein Secondary School warned parents in a letter dated 16 May 2022 to be aware of the web pages “Chucky’s Cheese Restaurant” and “FNAF – Five Nights at Freddy” to ensure that their children are not exposed to them.

Mr Botma, the school’s principal, stated that the authorities noticed some of the students acting strangely and out of character.

Botma stated that the children in question were exposed to the Chucky’s Cheese Restaurant website.

The letter read;

16 May 2022

RE: CHUCK’S CHEESE & FNAF

It is with great concern that we bring the following to your attention. We have noticed that some of our learners are acting strangely and out of character.

We learned that some of them came into contact with a terrible webpage called: Chucky’s Cheese Restaurant.

Here children interact with a demonic doll. At first, it is very entertaining and friendly, but after a while, the doll indoctrinates them, dares them and threatens them if they do not do certain things.

Daring them includes: strangle a friend, kill a teacher, burn your house, etc.

Chucky Cheese Restaurant was recently replaced by FNAF- Five Nights at Freddy, which is even worse.

These sites are already active in Namibia.

We urge you to please control what your child is watching on your phone, their own phone, tablets, laptops, etc.

We, as parents, are thinking they are playing an innocent game, but it is NOT. They are dared to even kill.

Please also inform your friends and other family members of this. Please contact our school Counselor with any enquiries or comments. tours faithfully.

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Kwaku Bonsam ‘Curses’ President Akufo-Addo, This Is What He Said

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Nana Kwaku Bonsam, a celebrity fetish priest, has expressed Ghanaians’ collective frustration with President Nana Akufo-Addo.

According to him, President Akufo-Addo will go to hell for deceiving Ghanaians and failing the people.

Nana Kwaku Bonsam said on Angel FM, where he pronounced the curses, that Akufo-Addo has failed to deliver on his promises to Ghanaians and is thus a sure candidate for Hell.

“You mentioned that we have the money yet are hungry. But now that you’ve joined the government, we’re even more hungry. We can’t afford to live comfortably, and our girlfriends are deserting us because we can’t afford to keep up,” he explained.

“The bible talks about lies, and the President lied, thus he will go to hell,” the fetish priest believes the President’s lies will send him to hell.

Nana Kwaku Bonsam expressed concern that Ghanaians were living in abject poverty, which had been exacerbated by poor governance and economic hardship.

As a result, he has placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of President Akufo-Addo, who he claims has failed to capitalize on the country’s resources in order to push Ghana to become a prosperous nation.

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