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First DCE For The Newly Created Guan District Dies

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Devastating news coming in has it that the first District Chief Executive (DCE) for the newly created Guan District in the Oti Region, Marlon Anipa, has died.

According to reports, the late DCE passed away at the Hohoe Municipal Hospital after taking ill in the late hours of Monday, November 15, 2021.

Devastating news coming in has it that the first District Chief Executive (DCE) for the newly created Guan District in the Oti Region, Marlon Anipa, has died.

According to reports, the late DCE passed away at the Hohoe Municipal Hospital after taking ill in the late hours of Monday, November 15, 2021.

Rumors also have it that he might have died of a heart attack.

Before he was rushed to the hospital in the evening, he had earlier visited some BECE candidates and called on stakeholders of the enclave in a familiarization activity.

Late Marlon Anipa was appointed DCE for the newly created Guan District and sworn into office on just 5th November.

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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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2022 World Cup Play-Offs: Ghana Drawn Against Nigeria

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Ghana’s Black Stars will face Nigeria in the World Cup Playoffs in 2022.

The draw, which took place in Cameroon on Saturday afternoon, will pit West African teams against each other in a two-legged tie for a spot in the next World Cup in Qatar.

The Black Stars defeated South Africa 1-0 in their final group qualifying match to advance to the playoffs, while Nigeria’s Super Eagles finished first in their group after a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde in their final group match.

The third round of World Cup qualifiers will be held between March 24 and 29, 2022.

The full draw below for the FIFA 2022 World Cup playoff for Africa:

Egypt vs Senegal

Cameroon vs Algeria

Ghana vs Nigeria

DR Congo vs Morocco

Mali vs Tunisia

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Bogoso Explosion: Investigation Ongoing On Arthanns Transports Services

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The Police, together with the rescue team, are advancing in the investigation of the truck of the Arthanns Transport Services company that was transporting explosives to a mine in western Ghana which suffered a fatality, caused by the frontal collision of a motorcycle.

The fortuitous accident and responsibility of the motorcyclist caused 13 deaths as the last balance 24 hours after the event; as well as some 500 buildings destroyed or seriously affected.

The impact between the motorcycle and the truck was so strong that it caused a huge crater at the site of the collision, according to sources, from a photo shared by the local politician from Apiate, a settlement between the towns of Bogoso and Bawdie.

National Disaster Management Organization, continues with an extensive rescue operation and plans to continue in the next few hours.

The operation has managed to rescue dozens of survivors who are being evacuated to medical centres in the capital, Accra; and the operation led by Amadonu also appreciates the citizen collaboration under his command.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources continues with the open investigation, and in coordination with the Police, since the convoy with explosives for mining use from the company Arthanns Transport Services was destined for the Chirano mining area, 75 kilometres from the accident.

Sources close to the investigation say that Arthanns Transport Services is a very solvent and experienced company in this type of service to the country’s mining industry, and that it works for most of the mines and their auxiliary industry on a regular basis.

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