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Two Jailed 11 Years For Selling Benin National To Undercover Police Officer In Ghana



An Accra Circuit Court has jailed two persons to a total jail term of 11-years for luring a 20-year old Beninois to Ghana to be sold for $160,000 to an undercover police officer.

Ibrahim Keita, a 33-year-old unemployed, would serve six years, while his accomplice, Baba Issah, a 31-year–old barber and a driver, would serve five years.

The ruling was handed down after the court, presided over by Mrs Christina Cann, had found them guilty on the charge of conspiracy to commit human trafficking.

Keita was additionally found guilty of human trafficking.

The Prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Agartha Asantewaa, told the court that both Keita, a Malian, and Issah resided at Agona Nyakrom in the Central Region.

According to a JoyNews report, the Prosecution said in April last year, the Swedru Police Divisional Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had intelligence that the two of them were looking for someone who would buy a young man.

Consequently, a police officer, in an undercover operation, began engaging them over the phone.

They initially asked for $150,000, but later increased it to $160,000, claiming that the cedi had depreciated.

The Prosecution said Keita, assured of a deal, lured the victim and sent him money for his transportation from Benin to Swedru.

When he arrived in Ghana on June 26, this year, he called Keita, who asked him to wait at a lorry station for him.

The Prosecution said Keita and Issah then arranged with their prospective buyer to complete the transaction.

In the process, they were arrested, while the police officer revealed his identity and rescued the victim.

The matter was duly referred to the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit at the CID Headquarters.

Chief Inspector Asantewaa said further investigations revealed that Keita had earlier travelled to Benin, where he and met the victim, who was assisting his aunt to operate a restaurant.

He discussed with him his desire to have his money doubled, but the young man could not assist Keita.

In September 2019, however, Chief Inspector Asantewaa said, Keita, arrived at Agona Nyakrom and lodged with Issah.

The prosecution said Keita discussed with Issah his desire to have his money doubled, therefore, the two of them travelled to Wa in the Upper West and Assin Fosu, in the Central regions, but Keita could not find any helper.

Chief Inspector Asantewaa said Keita then asked Issah to find someone who would buy a human being for him.

The Prosecution said Keita thereafter called the victim and informed him that he had secured a job for him as a cleaner in Ghana.

They were, subsequently, arrested during the transaction at a spot in the Bawjiase Lorry Station at Agona Swedru.


E-Levy Will Be Double Taxation : Kwabena Duffuor



The former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, has added his voice to the many calls for the rejection of the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy) saying it will compound the several taxes on the Ghanaians.

Dr. Duffuor reiterated that implementing the E-levy would affect the ordinary Ghanaian directly since it is the mode of payment widely used.

The former Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) disclosed that the E-levy move would lead to double taxation as the taxpayer is already taxed on his income.

“This makes the proposed E-levy problematic because it could be fraught with serious implementation challenges. This tax could undermine the Ghanaian Digital Economy.

“It should be noted that taxes/levies are imposed on income, gifts, consumption and held properties or assets. Electronic transfers and payments are none of these,” he stated.

Dr. Duffuor made these statements while delivering a lecture organized by Institute for Fiscal Studies on the theme: The Ghanaian Dream; Transforming the Economy through Job Creation and Opportunities for all’ held at the Tang Palace Hotel in Accra on Monday, 29th November 2022.

The event brought together various personalities in business, politics, agriculture sector, education, traditional rulers among others.

Touching on job creation, Dr. Duffuor pointed out that for a sector to thrive, the government must start matching jobs with skills in a more intentional way.

“We cannot demand of our youth to rise if we do not offer them a platform to step on, a first step into employment and self-sufficiency. This is what the government can and should do,” he added.

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We’ll Fix Dumsor In Ashanti Region By Dec. 20 : GRIDCo Assures



The power outages in the Ashanti region will continue until December 20, 2021, as a result of ongoing works on three damaged towers of GRIDCo at Bogoso, GRIDCo has said.

Speaking at a joint press conference organized by GRIDCo and ECG in Kumasi, the Director of Northern Network Services at GRIDCo, Ing. Vincent Boachie, said they are currently working on their 330kV Aboadze to Kumasi transmission lines at Bogoso, which were damaged by a communication tower.

Ashanti region since November 9th 2021 has been sleeping in darkness during the peak hours that’s 6 pm to 11 pm each night.

This has been attributed to a broken power plant that carries the load from Aboadze to Kumasi. The development has also affected Water treatment and production from the Barekese site because there’s a shortfall of energy to meet the water production demand for domestic and industrial use.

Addressing the media in Kumasi, Engineer Vincent Boachie said one of the three damaged towers has been fixed, leaving two, which are currently being worked on.

He said currently, most of the electricity supply to Kumasi has been coming from the Akosombo Generation Station and generation enclave in Tema.

He said as a result, during the peak period, the available transmission network cannot carry enough power to the country’s middle and northern parts, including Kumasi.

He said that has caused the current power outages in the region because they are unable to supply the required power to consumers during peak hours.

He indicated that ECG currently cannot come out with a load shedding timetable because they cannot predict the voltage of energy they will have for distribution at the peak period which is between 6 pm – 11 pm.

Engineer Boachie also said plans are underway to relocate the Ameri power plant from Aboadze to Kumasi to provide reliable power to the region.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Energy, Ing. Lawrence Apaalse, also said plans are underway to ensure that stable power is supplied to the region.

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Mo Salah Voted Premier League Player Of The Year



Liverpool’s Mo Salah has been voted the men’s Player of the Year in a poll of 400,000 supporters, after netting 32 goals and counting, in all club competitions this calendar year.

The Egyptian international was named the best performer in 2021 at the Football Supporters’ Association Awards on Monday.

Salah held off competition from Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Man City pair Phil Foden, and Rúben Dias, West Ham United’s Michail Antonio, and Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans to claim the gong.

Last season, Salah, 29, netted 31 times in league and cup matches. He is the fourth Liverpool player to scoop the award in 11 years and the first to win the award on two occasions.

It adds to an extraordinary list of personal achievements, with 50 awards already stuffed into his trophy cabinet and that’s before one adds the player and goal of the month accolades and the Premier League, Champions League, Super Cup, and Club World Cup-winning medals he has claimed with Liverpool.

‘There’s no doubt Mohamed is having another incredible year, the number and quality of his goals have once again lit up English football and contributed to Liverpool’s title push,’ said Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters Association.

‘As well as his on-field ability, Mohamed’s character has won support from fans across the game and he was a clear favourite among the voting public.’

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