Lectures begin for newly admitted University of Ghana students

Newly admitted students of the University of Ghana are set to have their first experience at a Legon lecture as teaching and learning activities is expected to begin for them today Monday.
This comes after Orientation ended last week
At least, 11,000 persons have secured admission to the University to undertake its various programmes for the 2019/2020 academic year.

[Download]: University of Ghana 2019/2020 academic year calendar

University authorities say that they are yet to end the admission process.
Despite the challenges that has confronted the University with regards to finding accommodation for new entrants, these students are expected to find their ways into the lecture hall for academic activity for the first semester to commence.
Speaking to some of the fresh undergraduate students, they were unsure of what to expect at today’s lecture.

“I don’t really know how exactly the lecture is going to be like. I’m very nervous but at the same time I’m happy to be going for lectures. Regardless, I know everything will be fine,” a fresh student told UniversNews

According to the academic calendar for fresh students, there will be about 13 weeks of teaching after which the end of first semester exams will begin from Monday, December 9 – Friday, December 20, 2019.
The Matriculation ceremony to officially welcome these students is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019.
Distance Education Students will have their matriculation on Saturday, October 26, 2019

Chief’s musketry kills first year UDS student

A first year student of the University for Development Studies (UDS) has been killed by a musketeer of the chief of Bomaa in the Tano North Municipality of the Ahafo region, Otempatadwanso Opoku Agyemang MyNewsGh.com reports.
The twenty-one-year-old student, whose name has been given as Raymond Kesse was escorting the chief, carrying his footrest to a funeral ground last Saturday when he was hit by a stray live bullet in his left leg, alleged to have been fired from a musket that was being held by another escort.
But the Assemblyman for the Bomkofi Electoral Area who spoke in an interview with Kumasi-based Angel FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com said the chief provided “only rubber bullets” to his musketeers, expressing shock how a live bullet found its way into any of the guns.
He ruled out speculations that the killing was linked to a chieftaincy dispute.
The deceased was immediately rushed to the St. John of God Catholic Hospital at Duayaw Nkwanta, but MyNewsGh.com has confirmed that he died Sunday night.
The deceased who was said to be the nephew of the chief, was to begin his studies at the UDS by the end of this week.
The family is however tight-lipped; townsfolk say they suspect the family wants to cover-up the issue.
The matter has been reported to the Tano North Municipal Police Command, but no arrest had been made at the time of filing this story.

Source: Mynewsgh.com

Petroleum prices increased as OMCs apply revised energy sector levies

Prices of various petroleum products have started going up from Monday after the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) were directed by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to start applying revised Energy Sector Levies.
The NPA’s directive is as announced in the Supplementary Budget presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Attah.
Based on the revision petrol would witness a ¢0.20 adjustment, while Diesel would also attract ¢0.20 jump in price per litre.
The increase is as a result of the Road Fund Levy, Energy Debt Recovery Levy, as well as the Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy increased up 20 per cent.
The development would mean that the percentage of levies on various price build up on each product would go up.
This should mean that the litre of petrol is now expected to be sold at around ¢5.39 for both petrol and diesel and 4.5-litre gallon should be selling at around ¢24.25.
Oil marketing firm Shell took the lead by increasing each litre of petrol and diesel by ¢0.19 effective September 1 2019.
This is resulting in their service stations around the country adjusting their prices as displaced on their boards as Super goes for ¢5.38 and Diesel selling for ¢5.38.
However, JoyBusiness is learning that other major oil firms are expected to review their prices later in the day.
A kilogram of LPG is expected to also go up by ¢0.08.
Some of the OMCs have told JoyBusiness that it might be difficult to absorb the expected increase because their margins and profits have not been that good due to the increased competition in the sector.
There are currently more than 100 OMCs operating in the country.
Most industry players would be looking up the industry leader, GOIL whether it would increase prices or absorb it, a move that would influence the others.
Some industry watchers have argued that prices could have remained fairly stable if it had not been for the application of the revised levies.
JoyBusiness’ checks with various importers and bulk distribution companies showed that some of the major products should have rather gone down.

Obour no more MUSIGA President, Bessa Simons takes over

First Vice President of Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bessa Simons has been appointed as Acting President by the Union’s National Executive Council (NEC).
Bessa Simons’ appointment was confirmed at a meeting on Friday, August 30 and he is expected to lead the body until the national executive elections take place.
The NEC also appointed former Second Vice President, Rev. Dr Thomas Yawson as Acting First Vice President of MUSIGA in this interim period.
This follows the end of the tenure of the Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour led administration which ended on August 11, 2019.

According to Obour, in line with the Union’s constitution, no president should exceed the eight-year term limit.
And since his time is up, he does not want to appear to be clinging on to power after the expiration of his constitutional mandate hence his decision to hand over power to the NEC of the Union to appoint an Interim Management Committee.
“With the announcement of the election road map last year, I had made plans to further my education and pursue other interests.
“So my continued stay as the President of MUSIGA would be an abuse of the Union’s constitution and will also affect the Union’s operations since I can’t give it my full attention.”

Meanwhile, the NEC also resolved to seek an Alternative Dispute Resolution to the court suit brought against the Union by Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi, a presidential aspirant in the race to succeed Obour.
According to Ras Caleb, who was part of the meeting, he agrees in principle to the idea to seek an ADR to the court issue.
“My decision to go to court wasn’t for any selfish interests but rather, the supreme interest of the Union so I will consult with my lawyer and indicate my position, going forward.”
Members of the NEC applauded the camaraderie displayed at the meeting and expressed the confidence that the issue would be settled out of court and MUSIGA would be the ultimate winner.

Pastor’s wife fires gun at church in heated argument with youth pastor’s wife

A “minor conflict” between the wives of a pastor and youth pastor at a West Virginia church resulted in gunfire, leading to the arrest of the pastor’s wife for wanton endangerment.
According to The Register Herald, the pastor’s wife, Melinda Frye Toney, 44, was charged on Aug. 22, after surveillance video captured at the New Life Apostolic Church in Oak Hill on May 11, showed what happened when she allegedly fired a pistol in the church’s parking lot.
Fayette Sheriff’s Detective Kevin Willis, who also confirmed the incident with The Christian Post on Friday, told the publication that Toney had an ongoing dispute with Lori Haywood, 29, who is the wife of New Life Apostolic Youth Pastor David Haywood.
On May 11, the two women argued over a themed T-shirt that Haywood had worn to an event at the church and it was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Willis said.
“The pastor and the youth pastor had thought, ‘Maybe we could get them together, we can hash this out and fix this before it escalates,’” Willis explained. “Of course, it just made it worse, I think.”
Haywood, who was at the church with her children on May 11, said that before the shooting, she “called out” Toney for making dishonest statements.

New Life Apostolic Church, Oak Hill, W.V. | Screenshot: Google
“We had a disagreement, and when we sat down to talk, I called her out,” Haywood said. “And she lost it.”
Willis said Toney reacted to the dispute by walking to her vehicle in the church parking lot to grab a gun.
“At some point, the suspect leaves the church and goes outside and retrieves a firearm,” he said. “So then, whenever she comes outside of the church, the husband is with her and realizes what she is doing and goes to grab her, and it goes off.”
Haywood said she was stunned that she almost lost her life.
“We were just trying to leave, peaceful,” she said. “The reason for the shooting was stupid, and very unnecessary.”
Haywood told police she believes Toney intended to shoot her, but Willis said the matter was still being investigated.
“We can’t say she did actually shoot (at Haywood), what the circumstances were, because you can’t really tell (from the video). But we do know the gun did discharge,” the detective said.
He noted that at the time of the shooting, Toney legally held a concealed weapon permit and argued that it “should be revoked” once the court matter is settled.
“I’m not going to say she’s mentally ill,” Willis told The Register Herald. “I’m going to say that, if there is some type of mental influence to that, we would probably find that out, later. I’m sure at some point in time, somebody may ask for an evaluation.”
While Toney said nothing at the time of her arrest, she insisted on her Facebook page last Wednesday that she is an “overcomer.”
“Sometimes I wonder how I make it through life with all of curve balls that keep being thrown my way …. but I continue to hold on…. cause GOD said he wouldn’t leave me and he would be there through the good and bad, and no matter what GOD has proven himself time and time again!
She added, “Friends and Family may let you down, things don’t go like they are planned and troubles may come our way, but if we would put GOD 1st in ALL we do …all of life and other things will fall into place. I refuse to be defeated I am a overcomer through Christ!!!”

Two 'pastors' face court for alleged kidnapping, raping of 18-year-old

Two self-styled pastors, George Andrews and Maxwell  Peter, will be put before the Keta Circuit Court Monday, for allegedly kidnapping and raping an 18-year-old woman.
Precious, not her real name is battling scars from a four-month tortuous kidnapping and multiple rape experience at the hands of the two pastors.

She was kidnapped in April 2019 at Aflao in the Volta Region by two men who sought refuge in her mother’s home.
Precious said she was sexually abused nearly every day while in captivity for four months. But that was not all.
Her captors compelled her to take concoctions to abort the pregnancy that resulted from the multiple sexual assaults.

Afloa rape and kidnapped
JoyNews’ Komla Adom and Ivy Setordji report that the two men who posed as destitute pastors on a mission from Nigeria, baited her with a snack.
“I woke up in a pool of my own blood from my genitalia,” this is all she could remember after having a drink they offered her.
As if that was not enough, Precious spent the next four months as a sex object for the two men.
“They had sex with me every day and even when I resisted, I was strangled,” she recounted amidst tears.
After weeks of being held, and abused, she got pregnant.
Afloa rape and kidnapped
George and Maxwell transported her between Nigeria, Togo and Ghana demanding ransom from her parents to facilitate her release.
Frantic searches in Ghana, Togo and Nigeria on the direction of the two men, did not yield any results.
According to her foster father, Dr. Richard Mettle Nunoo, a collaboration with some young people in Aflao, Ghana’s southern border town with Togo, led to the rescue of the girl from a hideout.
Several hospital visits from Akatsi, to Korle Bu in Accra reveal, she had severe lacerations in her private part.
Precious’ ultimate dream is to have the suspects severely punished for taking her virginity and happiness
“I don’t want to go through this again…I want justice,” she blurted out.

Kasoa police killing: Prime suspect is 'staunch Christian' and son of church founder

Leaders of the Strong Living Fire Church are shocked, a son of the church has been named as the prime suspect in the killing of two policemen.
According to the administrator of the church, the prime suspect, Eric Kojo Duah, is not only a member of Dansoman-based church but the first child of the founder of the church, the late Elizabeth Boateng.
“I don’t know which words to use to describe our late mother. And as you can see, all the guys in this church are on fire for Christ. So for us to say maybe our mother did not train him well is another story.
“Because knowing mama Lizy, she can’t sit down for you to do something which is contrary to what the bible teaches,” Stella Brown, told Joy News’ Maxwell Agbagba.
Kojo Dua is said to be the mastermind behind the attack and killing of Sergeant Michael Dzamesie and Lance Corporal Awal Mohammed, at Gomoa Buduburam in the Central Region last Wednesday.

The suspect and his armed gang were in an unregistered blue-black Toyota Camry from an area called Kasoa-Vodafone heading towards the Bawjiase road which is a major hideout for robbers.
A 13-year-old girl who witnessed the shooting said Sgt Dzamesie accosted Kojo Dua to arrest him after slapping him.
He told the officer he was taking something from his car but pulled a gun and fired at the police officers.
Sgt Dzamesie died in a nearby grocery shop where he sought refuge after Kojo Duah walked in to shoot him again while Lance Corporal Awal Mohammed who had been shot in the ribs and waist died later at the Police Hospital.
Dua, who went into hiding was arrested Saturday.
Eric Kojo Dua, who was declared wanted by the police was on his way to the Volta Region en route Atimpoku near Akosombo in the Eastern Region when he was nabbed.
According to the information from the police, “policemen detailed on duty at Atimpoku bridge were alerted to arrest occupants of a black Golf car with registration number GW 5972-18 heading towards Volta region”.
Leaders of the Strong Living Fire Church told JoyNews they cannot believe the story as their son was in church the Sunday preceding the Wednesday the crime took place.
According to the church administrator, Dua even offered transportation assistance to some of the elders of the church.
“So we did not see anything unusual about him for us to believe that he can do that,” Stella Brown added
The church leadership believes this is not the time to abandon their son.
“The leadership of the church is going to meet and see how best we can help him since the mother was a founder of the church. We cannot leave him like that,” she told JoyNews.
According to her, the church intends to get him a lawyer and get to understand what happened from the suspect’s perspective.
The church hopes with a lawyer, they can know the whereabouts of the suspect as they have been prevented from knowing where he is.

Video: Why fans opened DJ Arafat’s coffin and undressed him

On Saturday some fans of late Ivorian musician DJ Arafat reportedly opened his coffin and undressed him.

It followed a chaotic incident at his funeral, after many had gathered to pay tribute.

A video of the incident on social media showed these fans carrying out the act during an unrest at the artist’s funeral in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan.

The fans reportedly wanted to check for tattoos on Arafat and identify him.

But there were reports some of the fans also stole some items in the coffin.

33-year-old DJ Arafat DJ, whose real name was Ange Didier Huon, was a popular figure in Ivory Coast.

He died last month after a motorcycle accident. Arafat had referred to himself as the king of the dance music genre coupé-décalé.

DJ Arafat Ivory coast
DJ Arafat was named artist of the year at the Coupé-Decalé Awards in 2016 and 2017. Photo: Getty Images

His biggest hit song had over five million views on YouTube. Thousands including some of his Musician friends had earlier on Saturday gathered to pay tribute.
AFP reported that police used tear gas to try disperse those who had gathered at a private family ceremony being held locally.
“We wanted to see the body of our idol before the tomb was sealed,” one unnamed fan told AFP.

Source: Africafeeds.com

Husband allegedly kills man for chasing wife

Agona Nkum in the Agona West Municipality in the Central Region was thrown into shock last Friday night when a jealous husband allegedly killed a 39-year-old farmer for allegedly trying to woo his wife.

It was the violent end of a confrontation at a drinking spot where Kwame Egyir, 39, had supposedly invited the wife of the suspect, Kobina Kum, 40, for a date.
The suspect is said to have confronted Egyir at the drinking spot where he had invited Kum’s wife, Evelyn Hammond, for a date.
However, in the course of the verbal exchanges, tempers flared and Kum allegedly hit Egyir on the back of his neck with a heavy club a few times.
Egyir managed to flee the alleged brutal assault and sneaked back home to his own wife and children only to die later at the Swedru Government Hospital where he was rushed when they found him moaning, with blood oozing from his nostrils and mouth.
The Agona Nyakrom District Police Commander, Superintendent Frederick Lumor, confirmed the incident to the Daily Graphic and said the body of the deceased had been deposited at the Swedru Government Hospital  morgue, pending transfer to the Police Hospital  for autopsy.
He stated that on hearing the death of Egyir, Kobina Kum turned himself in to the police.
He said the wife of the suspect was, however, rescued by the police when some residents besieged her house to attack her for the role she played in Egyir’s untimely death.
The couple is currently in police custody assisting with further investigations.
He said the suspects would be charged and arraigned when investigations were concluded.
Sources account
According to sources within the community, Egyir who is married with children made love proposals to Evelyn, which she turned down.
Egyir is said to have continued to pester Evelyn, who eventually informed her husband about the deceased’s romantic advances.
She took the issue a step further when she apparently agreed to meet with Egyir — with the knowledge and consent of her husband — at a popular drinking bar in the town at the peak of the annual Akwanbo festival celebrations last Friday.
The ‘date’ was supposed to bring Egyir face-to-face with Evelyn’s husband so he could warn and ward off Egyir.
Arranged meeting
Evelyn then informed the husband about the time and exact place she was to meet Egyir for their date, so around 11 p.m., Kum, the husband, showed up at the spot and confronted Egyir which resulted in a brawl.
Kum hit Egyir’s neck severally, which drew the attention of passersby and other revelers around.
According to an elder of the town, before meeting Evelyn, Egyir took the family out and later saw them off and went back to town to meet Evelyn.
Egyir managed to escape in the course of the melee but failed to inform the wife when he got home.
He sneaked in to his room to sleep.
His wife and children later heard him moaning in pain in his room.
They found blood oozing from his nose and mouth and rushed him to the Swedru Government Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Bobrisky on the run as police storms venue of birthday celebration

Popular Nigerian Transgender and socialite, Bobrisky on Saturday went into hiding when the Nigerian policemen stormed his 28th birthday celebration venue in Lekki, Lagos.
While it appeared Bobrisky was nowhere to found, the policemen shut down the venue of the birthday celebration.
According to the details, the officers literally stormed the venue, arrested some folks and chased away bouncers who were supposed to be the security at the party.
This is coming after the cross-dresser replied Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, who last week, said he is a National disgrace and will soon be dealt with by the government if caught on the street.
Bobrisky is a national disgrace. He started by selling and using bleaching creams, now, he has grown boobs, bums and hips. If a Bobrisky is doing well with his immoral lifestyle, how do you convince
Nigerian youths to do the right thing? Bobrisky has the right, but not within the Nigerian environment. There are others like him, but they live outside the country.
“If we don’t address Bobrisky as early as possible, he will form a team that will spread like wildfire. This will result in a lot of suicide cases because the typical Nigerian parent would not want to see their child become a Bobrisky” Runsewe said in an interview with Vanguard.
Source: vanguardngr.com