Friday, February 28, 2014

Dangote to build hospital with only $12m in Nigeria compared to Ghana spending $300m on one with far lesser features

I am weeping for Ghana, a country I love: Africa’s richest man, Alico Dangote of Nigeria, is putting up a thousand bed hospital [which will come with a variety of features including 10 operating theatres, 3 intensive care units, patients’ wards and administrative/service rooms for doctors and nurses among others] in Kano for only 12 Million dollars.

Here in Ghana, we are upgrading and rehabilitating an existing hospital [which will provide 420 beds plus other facilities] for more than 300 million dollars. What could be wrong with us?

Yaw Hope honeymooning ahead of South African trip

The winner of Rainbow Radio’s ‘Medofa Pa’ Valentine Promotion, Mr & Mrs Yaw Hope have started enjoying their winner’s package ahead of a trip to South Africa.

Mr & Mrs Hope

The competition was organized by F.Y. NOT travel and tours in collaboration with Rainbow Radio which was looking to reward couples with an all-expense paid trip to South Africa.

It was a full month promotional competition which called for couples to record on a mobile phone, how they first met, how their relationship has been and why they must be named winners at the end of the competition.

Hundreds of couples submitted their entries.

The selection committee listened carefully to all the entries and picked 25 out of the lot and pruned it down to four couples before announcing it on Rainbow Radio.

Each couple was given a special code number for fans to text for their favorite contestant to win the ultimate prize of an all-expense paid trip to South Africa.

The various voices were played on Rainbow Radio International 87.5 FM for listeners to enjoy and vote for their favorite couple recording.

The top three winners were announced on February,13 on the AWAY BUS Show hosted by Quophi Okyeame.

Two Cops Jailed 210 Years

The two cops and their civilian accomplice in Koforidua court yesterday

A Koforidua High Court yesterday handed a 210-year jail term to two ex-police officers – Augustine Nti-Peprah, 31 and Eric Anto, 27 – as well as their accomplice, Anthony Dagadu Djampo, 30, after it found them guilty of robbery and conspiracy.

Each convict got 70 years as they were given 35 years each for robbery and conspiracy.
The sentences would run concurrently, bringing the jail term for each to 35 years with hard labour.
Handing his judgement, the trial judge, Justice G.B. Suurebareh, explained that robbery, being a first degree felony, could attract a life imprisonment, but the law gives room for reduction of the sentence, taking into account a lot of issues which he enumerated.

He commended the investigator, Detective Stephen Tei Martey, for a good work done.
Justice Suurebareh said it would be prudent that such talents were identified by the Ghana Police Service and nurtured.

He said that the prosecution had been able to prove that the three convicts and their runaway accomplices were indeed guilty of charges pressed against them.

Whilst reading his judgement, he explained that the conviction of the three “is to send out a clear message to persons who are contemplating such criminal life that it is not attractive at all.”
Justice Suurebareh was of the opinion that it would be proper to further investigate the convicts to ensure that any properties they might have obtained through crime, were confiscated to the state.
The judge further ordered that all police accoutrements in possession of the convicts be returned to the Ghana Police Service.

The facts of the case as presented by the State Attorney, Frederick Tetteh, were that on the night of April 13, 2013, the complainant in the case had arrived from Kumasi to Koforidua at about 10:30 pm.
Mr. Tetteh continued that the complainant was attacked at gunpoint and robbed by the convicts of his Nissan FX 35 Infinity 4X4 vehicle valued at GH¢63,500.00,  cash and other valuables.

The convicts also bolted with a Galaxy X3 mobile phone, Samsung mini phone, a Dell laptop, Invitta and Promado Engine watches, a booster amplifier, Jeans trousers, two T-shirts, a belt, HFC and UT Bank cheque books – all valued at GH¢4,510.00 and an amount of GH¢5,000.00.

According to the prosecutor, the complainant was attacked by the convicts who were armed with pump action guns in the company of two of their accomplices known as D-Black and Paapee, both on the run.
The complainant and a witness in his car drove through the National Investment Bank (NIB) area en route to the ministries road when they were signalled to stop somewhere along their journey by Augustine Nti-Peprah and Eric Anto who were then in a VW Golf saloon car and dressed in police uniforms, according to the prosecutor.

Mr. Tetteh stated that the complainant obliged and the two questioned why they (complainant and the other occupant of the vehicle) were driving an unregistered vehicle at that time of the night and asked for the driver’s licence.

Anthony Dagadu later drew close and joined the two uniformed men and arrested the complainant.
The State Attorney said the convicts subsequently bundled him and a passenger (now witness in the case) into the rear seat of the vehicle and Nti-Peprah drove the vehicle towards the Regional Police Headquarters at Galloway, under the pretext of handing them over to the Regional MTTU of the Ghana Police Service.
However, as they were approaching the Police Headquarters, Nti-Peprah sped off and got onto the Koforidua-Mamfe road instead.

He said they beat the complainant mercilessly as they managed to safely go through the Mile 50 and Tinkong Police checkpoints unnoticed because they were dressed as policemen.
At a junction near a village called Kwamoso, Mr. Tetteh indicated, Nti-Peprah stopped and pulled their victims from the vehicle.

Moments later, a red Volvo saloon car registered GT 4161 V with three occupants, including Dagadu, who was also armed with a pump action gun, pulled up.

Dagadu joined Nti-Peprah and Anto to further beat their victims before robbing them.
Luck however eluded the robbers, as on the following day, April 12, 2013, when they attempted to re-spray the vehicle to give it a new look, the police, acting on a tip-off, arrested Nti-Peprah at Buduburam, near Kasoa in the Central Region.

During interrogation, he mentioned the names of his accomplices but police managed to arrest two while two others fled and were still on the run.

 From: Rocklyn Antonio, Koforidua

7 Arrested Over KATH Missing Babies

THE ASHANTI Regional Police Command has charged seven people in connection with the missing babies at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.

The suspects, who had been granted bail, were charged for stealing and conspiracy to steal the missing babies at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), which figure had tentatively been put at five.
ASP Mohammed Yusif Tanko, the Regional Police PRO, who disclosed this to DAILY GUIDE, said the police had also sent the docket of the case to the Attorney General’s Department for perusal and advice.
Kumasi was rocked with anger following a report that a baby reportedly born dead to a woman, Suwaiba Abdul Mumin at the KATH, could not be found.

Suwaiba was reported to have thumb-printed documents confirming the death of the baby, but all efforts to retrieve the body for burial in accordance with the Islamic tradition of the parents, had been futile.
Hospital authorities said they could not locate the body of the baby.

According to the police spokesperson, the seven people whose identities were not given, but were suspected to be staff of the hospital, were arrested by the police. However, they had since been granted bail.
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital had been in the news lately following reports that the still-born baby of Suwaiba Abdul Mumin, who delivered at the hospital, had gone missing.

The hospital’s management, which was not pleased with the development, reported the case to the police, who had since that time initiated investigations to unearth the whole truth about the dicey case.
It turned out that there were four other similar cases, suggesting that a syndicate allegedly trading in babies was operating at the hospital.

ASP Tanko explained that after careful investigations into the case, the police realized that it was prudent for them to prefer charges against the seven people.
ASP Tanko said, “If the AG’s Department is satisfied about the charges preferred against the suspects by the police, then there will be the likelihood that they would be sent to court.”

DAILY GUIDE’s attempt to verify from KATH as to whether the seven people charged by the police were workers of the hospital, proved futile, as the authorities were not ready to comment on the issue.
However, information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicated that the seven people were workers of KATH that were on duty at the labour ward when the missing baby incident happened.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has given a 14-day ultimatum to management of the hospital to produce the five babies declared dead at the facility on that day.
The ministry issued the directive after it concluded investigations into the alleged missing stillborn babies at the facility early this month.

A baby by Suwaiba was declared dead at birth at the hospital although the facility admitted it could not find the body and that it had been burnt along with garbage.
The family of the baby suspected nurses and doctors at the facility conspired to steal their child.
It however emerged that on the same day that the baby was controversially declared dead, there were 16 other deliveries, five of which were declared dead at birth.
The doctor on duty and the head of the midwifery on duty had been asked to take their accumulated leave.

Minister of Health, Sherry Ayittey, who released the report of the three-member committee she appointed to look into the matter, gave the ultimatum to the hospital management.
The three-member committee was made up of the Director for Institutional Care Division of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Samuel Kaba; Director for Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Afisah Sakunah and a gynaecologist from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Nelson Damale.

According to the committee’s report, which she read at a press conference yesterday in Accra, Suwaiba was said to have arrived at KATH maternity unit at about 3:20pm on February 4, 2014.
She was referred there with a post-dated pregnancy with four days history of premature rupture of membranes.

According to the report, she was thought not to be in established labour and therefore admitted to the observation ward.
On her admission, the committee’s report stated, the doctor in charge of the observation and labour wards, whose name was withheld for unknown reasons, recorded the presence of foetal heart beat of 142 beats per minute “which was regular.”

The midwives on duty, on the other hand, as the report indicated, could not establish foetal heart (FH) which the ‘unknown’ doctor earlier recorded.
Suwaiba, according to the Minister, stayed at the hospital for five hours at the labour ward but the midwives did not record any foetal heart beat. Meanwhile, the doctor constantly recorded foetal heart beat before she gave birth at about 3:50am on February 5, 2014.
“Throughout the whole process, we realized that there was a lack of communication between the doctor and the midwives,” Ms. Ayittey averred.

She stated that on the night when Suwaiba gave birth, there were 16 other women who gave birth and five of the babies including that of Suwaiba were said to have been stillborn. Their bodies were said to have been labelled and placed in a box to be sent to the sluice room for collection the following morning by the morgue attendant.

Mortuary Record
According to the report, the mortuary record book in the ward did not show any evidence of the bodies of the babies having been collected when the relations of Suwaiba went to request for the body of her baby from the morgue attendant on duty on that day.
The orderly, who was on duty on February 4 and 5, 2014, was said to have worked at the hospital for 25 years but was only transferred to the maternity department barely three days before the incident.

He therefore could not give account of the whereabouts of the babies, the report said.
Earlier, the report said the orderly had told the midwives on duty that he had taken the bodies to the incinerator room but the report stated that on further investigation by the midwives, “there was no evidence of recent use of the incinerator.”

It said that was when it was confirmed that the babies were not incinerated because the incinerator was purposely built for the incineration of amputated limbs, placentas, syringes and needles.

Punitive Action
The Minister, upon the report, therefore asked the midwife who delivered the alleged stillborn baby to take her leave.

She was also referred to the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the Nurses and Midwives Council of Ghana for investigations on her personal conduct.
Furthermore, the doctor at the labour ward of the hospital during the incident had been asked to take his “accumulated leave” as his case was also referred to the Medical and Dental Council for investigation.

The Minister ordered the board, management and Chief Executive Officer of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, to account for the corpse of the five stillborn babies delivered on the said date within 14 working days for “burial by their families.”

From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi & Melvin Tarlue



[KATH Missing Babies] - Prof. Attafauh Lauds Government’s Intervention

Human Rights advocate, Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah has lauded efforts by the Ministry of Health to bring closure to the saga of missing babies at Konfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi.
Government has warned it will severely punish management of KATH if the hospital fails to produce five babies declared dead at birth at the hospital three weeks ago but whose bodies have still not been found.
The warning follows an inconclusive investigation conducted by the Health Ministry into the controversial disappearance of a baby allegedly born dead on February 5, 2014.

Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Friday, Prof. Attafuah congratulated “the Ministry for doing the right thing”. He said families displeased by the developments now have the opportunity to assist government uncover the truth in the case.

According to the Criminologist, management of the hospital now has the responsibility to prove its claim that the missing babies died at birth and that the proper procedures were followed in disposing off their bodies.
Asked by Bernard Naasara Saibu, host of the Show, if he fears the latest development would create an opportunity for people to bring more claims against the hospital, Prof. Attafuah said ”…If it will open the floodgates [then] let the floodgates be opened and let the floodlights be thrown on them so that we’ll have more transparent accountable procedures for responding to the challenges that irk many ordinary people, but who do not have the wherewithal, to challenge the authorities that they believe did not treat them fairly”.
Kumasi has been left in a state of shock and anarchy after a baby reportedly born dead to a woman, named only as Suwaiba at the KATH could not be found.

Suwaiba is reported to have thumbprinted documents confirming the death of the baby but all efforts to retrieve the body for burial in accordance with Islamic traditions of the mother have been futile.
Hospital authorities say they cannot locate the body of the baby.

Nurses say an orderly, hired only two weeks before the incident, picked the baby with instructions to take it to the morgue but a search at the mortuary revealed the body had not been deposited there.
The orderly initially claimed he incinerated the body of the baby but the hospital authorities have denied the claim saying the incinerator had not been used in several days.

The orderly has since been handed over to the police and is in custody.
Family of the deceased baby demanded the body and reportedly attacked and assaulted some doctors and nurses.

The doctors and nurses in anger and in fear of further attacks withdrew their services for about a week. They returned only after several appeals and promises of increased police presence to secure the hospital and their private homes.

Hospital authorities promised to liaise with the police to get to the bottom of the matter.
Seven people have so far been charged in connection with the matter.



Mr Price security men arrested for maltreating 3 shoplifters

Six security men who are alleged to be at the centre of the barbaric treatment meted out to three women for allegedly shoplifting panties at Mr Price Clothing Store, located within the Accra Shopping Mall, have been arrested by the police.

The suspects, whose identities are yet to be given, have been charged with assault and are currently in police custody in Accra.

Earlier, the Manageress of Mr Price Clothing Store, Ms Roberta Nyametie, was invited for questioning and was, subsequently, released afterwards. 

Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Public Relations Officer at the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Freeman Tettey, said two of the security men were picked up on Wednesday night, and the other four yesterday.

Three women, believed to be students of the University of Ghana, were last Monday night subjected to abusive treatments after staff of Mr Price Clothing Store caught them for allegedly shoplifting panties.

The three victims, whose names are yet unknown, were made to crawl on their knees for about 200 metres from the shop to the entrance of the mall, while excited onlookers used their smartphones to film the humiliation.

That was after the security men at post had asked the women whether they preferred to crawl or to be handed over to the police, to which they chose the former.

The victims were also made to pay for all the panties alleged to have been stolen and warned never to step foot on the premises of the shop again.

The video of the scene went viral on social media networks and blogs shortly after the incident. It shows a horrifying scene of the three suspects slowly crawling, while a crowd followed, heckling the women, calling them thieves and documenting the scene on numerous smartphones.

DSP Tettey said although the three women were yet to make a formal complaint concerning their treatment at Mr Price Clothing Store, evidence gathered by the police were enough to proceed to make the arrest, since it contravened the laws of the country.

According to him, the police are making frantic efforts to locate the whereabouts of the three women to assist them to investigate the matter.

Asked what would happen to the security men who had been arrested, he said once investigations were completed and the suspects were found culpable, the law would be made to take its course.

Meanwhile, the headquarters of Mr Price in South Africa has condemned the inhumane treatment meted out to the three women.

A statement issued by the Chief Executive Officer of Mr Price, Mr Stuart Bird, said the action taken by the shop in Accra was unacceptable and inhumane.

 “We are conducting a thorough internal investigation into this matter, as well as awaiting a full account of the incident from our external security service provider about what happened, and appropriate action will be taken thereafter,” the statement said.

According to the statement, the law should have been allowed to take its course, adding that “irrespective of the fact that the women were shoplifting, we offer our sincere apologies that they were treated in this way by our service provider.”


[Apparently] - Kpong Water Shutdown Won’t Exceed 3 Days - GWCL

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has assured the general public the shutdown of the Kpong water treatment plant will not exceed the stipulated three days which ends on Sunday.

The company shut down the plant on Thursday to allow for repair works.
In a bid to reduce the impact of the shut down, the GWCL has employed the services of private water tankers to provide water to major hospitals and Senior High Schools with boarding facilities in both the Accra and Tema Metropolis.

The Chief Public Relations Manager at the GWCL, Michael Agyemang told Citi News, the shutdown is necessary as the maintenance works on the plant in the next three months will produce another 3.3 million gallons of water to Accra, Prampram, Michelle camp, Somanya and its environs.

He maintained that the shutdown will not go beyond Sunday because his outfit will start pumping water to ensure that “all those areas that were getting their water from Kpong will get.”

Mr. Agyemang however clarified that the water rationing situation which was in existence in Accra will continue “until the situation receives a boost.”

He mentioned some suburbs of Accra including “Michelle Camp, Prampram all the way to Somanya, the Akwuapim hills and the rest; all those areas will benefit under the project.”


Komfo Anokye doctors to see fewer patients

Doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) have decided to attend to no more than three patients per day per doctor.

This follows the doctors’ decision to review their standard operating procedures to conform to internationally acceptable standards and also to avoid overworking which exposes them to commit mistakes and incur the displeasure of the public.

The measure is also to improve the quality of healthcare and ensure the safety and security of patients and staff at the facility.

The decision to review the operating procedure and to conform to the internationally accepted practices followed the Minister of Health’s directive to management to take certain actions against some staff at the facility for their role in the alleged missing body of a stillborn baby.

The Minister’s directive follows the report of a preliminary investigation into the missing baby saga by a ministerial committee.

According to a source close to the doctors, most doctors at KATH work under pressure due to the large number of patients they attend to in a day and this has affected the quality of care provided.

It said the facility receives lots of referrals from most of the health centres in and around the region, and this has put pressure on the staff and the facility.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of KATH, Kwame Frimpong, said no official communication has been received from the doctors on their decision, however, he admitted that there was over-admission of patients at the hospital due to the large number of healthcare seekers.
Mr. Frimpong said the problem was compounded by the unavailability of a regional hospital to take away some of the pressure off the facility and the staff.

When contacted, the National President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Adusei expressed disappointment at the Minister for not giving the association the opportunity to comment on the report before going public with it.

He said though the committee promised furnishing the association with a draft copy of the investigation report before going public, this never happened.

He however stated that the association would respond officially to the directives upon receipt of a copy of the report.

“Personally, I think we should review our operating procedures at the hospital to improve our services,” he said and appealed to the public to bear with them when the health centres start implementing such measures because “it is for the benefit of us all.”


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mr Price CEO condemns treatment of three shoplifters

Clothing retail franchise, Mr Price, has “strongly condemned” the inhumane treatment of three ladies who shoplifted panties at the Accra Mall shop on Monday.

Stuart Bird, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South Africa clothing chain in a statement Thursday, indicated that he was dismayed by the incident.

“We are conducting a thorough internal investigation into this matter as well as awaiting a full accounting from our external security service provider for what happened and appropriate action will be taken”, the statement quoted Mr Bird as saying.

The CEO described as unacceptable and inhumane, the treatment suffered by the three ladies.

“The law must always take its course and the humiliation suffered by the three women was unacceptable. We are a very committed corporate citizen of Ghana and there is absolutely no way we would ever condone the treatment of anyone like this. Irrespective of the fact that the women were shoplifting, we offer our sincere apologies that they were treated in this way by our service provider”.

The video of the ordeal of the three shoplifters which broke on social media has been condemned by human rights activists including the Vice President of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and Legislator, Ursula Owusu.

Two of the ladies are Senior High School graduates while the other is a student of the University of Ghana, Legon.

Footballer arrested for offering mother for ‘sakawa’

A 22-year-old footballer who allegedly offered his mother for rituals has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.

The suspect, Enoch Adjei, who plays for Soccer Rex, a Jasikan-based Volta Regional Division One team, had wanted to kill his 50-year-old sick mother (name withheld) at Jasikan in the Volta Region to make it easier for him to transport the human parts needed for the rituals to Accra.

But the buyer, who was acting on police instruction, told Adjei to bring the mother alive to ease the difficulty of having to transport her body parts for the rituals. 

Adjei was apprehended while with his mother at the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange in Accra yesterday.

Briefing journalists in Accra, the Public Relations Officer at the CID Headquarters, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr Joseph Darkwah, said Adjei managed to convince the mother to accompany him to Accra for a business contract.

Adjei was said to have travelled with some of his teammates to Kasoa in the Central Region to play a football match against another team.

Mr Darkwah said when the bus got to the Mallam-Kasoa road, Adjei spotted the billboard of a spiritualist who had advertised how he could make one get rich quickly.

Adjei was said to have quickly picked the phone numbers on the billboard. 

Mr Darkwah said some months later, Adjei called one of the numbers and introduced himself as someone who was interested in becoming rich as quickly as possible. He was also said to have told the spiritualist that he was ready to sacrifice his mother for money.

Unknown to Adjei, the man who had picked the call was not the spiritualist but a different person who bore the same name as that of the spiritualist. 

Mr Darkwah said the supposed spiritualist, who gave his name only as Nana and acted on police instruction, told Adjei to bring the mother to Accra.

The spiritualist was also said to have told Adjei to come along with an unused knife that would be used to perform the rituals.

The spiritualist was said to have told Adjei to bring the mother yesterday to perform the rituals in Accra. 

Mr Darkwah said Adjei was arrested immediately he alighted at the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, in the company of his mother.

Upon investigations, Adjei was said to have confessed to the crime.

Stanchart In Trouble Over Woman’s Gold

Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited is in hot waters for negligently misplacing a 77-year-old retiree’s precious minerals deposited in its custody about 30 years ago.

As a result, the bank might be forced to pay $243,901.65 for the alleged conversion of Bernice Ward-Brew’s precious minerals including gold bars, jewelry in silver and gold, antique trade beads, commemorative solid gold coins, among others, which she deposited in 1983 and 1987 for safe-keeping.

The plaintiff, a retired educationist, is a longstanding customer of the bank which at all times operated current, saving and safe custody services for customers.

The suit was filed by the plaintiff at the Commercial Court in Accra on October 9, 2013 through her attorney, Mercer & Co. also in Accra after the bank allegedly failed to return the property, albeit admitting it was once in their custody but could not be traced presently.

VickiLeaks Breaks Her Silence Over Accra Mall Panty Thieves

Victoria Hamah
The former Deputy Communications Minister, Victoria Hamah, has in her first public statement, condemned the public humiliation inflicted on the three ladies who allegedly stole panties from the Mr. Price shop at the Accra Mall.

The embattled Hamah, who has been ‘out of coverage area’ for some time now, suddenly popped up yesterday, condemning the people who attacked the ladies who are said to be SHS leavers.

Vicky Hamah was sacked by President John Mahama last year October over a leaked tape recording in which she was overhead gossiping about the verdict of the Supreme Court on the presidential election petition, and has since gone underground. On her Facebook page comment, the former Deputy Communications Minister said, “This week has awakened Ghana to another horrid story of gender-based violence. A young woman was stripped naked in the Northern Region of Ghana and three women were subjected to crawl on their knees at the Accra Mall allegedly for stealing.

Man In Tema Strangles Wife Over Sex

Patience Ninson as found in her yesterday.INSET: John Ninson wanted by police and the Ninson’s room with the rope used in the murder

Residents of Promised Land, near Adjei-Kojo, Tema, were on Tuesday morning panic-stricken when a jealous man was alleged to have strangled his wife to death with a nylon rope for allegedly denying him sex.
The culprit, John Ninson, a 42-year-old driver, was said to have suspected his wife, Patience Ninson, a trader, of having an extra-marital affair with another man. He claimed she had been sending explicit text messages to the secret lover, and therefore throttled the 38-year-old trader to death.

The couple, according to information gathered, had other cases pending at the Sakumono District Police Headquarters which were being investigated until the horrific incident happened.
The police are currently hunting for John, who fled his home after allegedly killing the woman.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Emmanuel Yankah, the District Crime Officer of Ashaiman, who confirmed the dreadful act to DAILY GUIDE, noted that the deceased, who left behind three children—including a set of twins—at around 12:30 am that night, seized his wife’s phones after accusing her of exchanging explicit text messages and refusing to have sex with him.

The seizure of the phones led to an argument between the couple, but it was resolved by a neighbour who heard their unusual noise.

According to the police officer, the following morning, the neighbour revisited the house to check on the couple but he was told that the suspect had left and the wife was still fast asleep.

Upon his return, he met the sister of the deceased whom he informed about the scuffle between the couple. The sister went to the house and discovered that Patience was dead.

The case was immediately reported to the Ashaiman District Police Headquarters. Police personnel were deployed to the scene, only to find Patience’s lifeless body on her matrimonial bed.

Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Patience has been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue in Accra pending autopsy, as investigations into the matter are ongoing.

From Vincent Kubi, Ashaiman

Kpong Water Treatment Plant shuts down

• GWCL puts in measures for water supply with this line-up of tankers that would be used to supply water during the shut down. Picture: EMMANUEL ASAMOAH ADDAI 

To minimise the impact of the planned shutdown of the Kpong Water Treatment Plant, the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has put together a number of measures to provide water to affected communities during the four-day exercise.

In the main, water will be transferred from the Weija Treatment Plant to the Accra Terminal Reservoir and booster stations to be supplied to the areas that would be affected during the period.

The Kpong Water Treatment Plant will be shut down from today to Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Meanwhile, the GWCL has mobilised its water tankers and hired additional ones from private entities to provide water to the affected communities during the shutdown.

To ensure a regular source of water supply to the tankers, the GWCL will also store water in the Tema Terminal Reservoirs at Ashaiman to serve sensitive institutions such as hospitals and schools by tanker services.

The Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, yesterday visited the GWCL office, near the Flag Staff House in Accra, to familiarise himself with the preparations 

He expressed satisfaction with the preparations made by the GWCL so far, prior to the shutdown to avoid an acute water shortage in the Accra-Tema metropolis during those four days.

Alhaji Dauda urged the GWCL to ensure the efficient implementation of the measures to avoid creating unnecessary inconveniences for consumers.

For the duration of the shutdown, there would be interruption in water supply to Tema, Ashaiman, Lashibi, Michel Camp, Afienya, Prampram Ningo, Somanya, Dodowa and the Akuapem Ridge areas.

Other areas to be affected include Adentan, Madina, Ashalley-Botwe, Adjiringano, East Legon, Legon, Ashongman, Kwabenya, Taifa, Dome, Achimota and its surroundings, Abelemkpe, Dzorwulu, Roman Ridge and the Airport Residential Area.

The rest are 37, Kanda, Nima, Maamobi, Pig Farm, Kotobabi, Kokomlemle, Cantonments, Ridge, Osu, La, Labone, Burma Camp, Teshie, Nungua, Baatsona, Spintex Road and its surroundings. 

Alhaji Dauda called on energy producers and distributors to ensure consistent power supply, especially to Weija, during the four days that the Kpong Water Treatment Plant would be shut down.

He said this was necessary because the whole of the Accra-Tema metropolis would depend on the Weija Water Treatment Plant for those four days.

The shutdown of the Kpong Water Plant has become necessary because its distribution lines, constructed as far back as 1965, need replacement.

Alhaji Dauda said the demand for water in the Tema and Accra metropolis had become so high that the pipes had to be replaced to avoid the breakdown of the lines as a result of undue water pressure.

He explained that the planned shutdown was to allow contractors executing the Kpong Intake and Accra-Tema Metropolitan Assembly Rural Rehabilitation and Expansion Project to undertake critical pipeline interconnection. 

The acting Managing Director of the GWCL, Mr Kwaku Dovlo, said the GWCL had instituted a Call Control Centre to facilitate the effective distribution of water.

“Assembly members and opinion leaders can call the centre to make a request and then a water tanker will be dispatched to supply the water immediately,” he added.

He, however, advised residents in the affected communities to store enough water for the period.

Jim Iyke Involved In A Nasty Car Accident In Ghana, Crashed His Dodge Camaro

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There are reports that Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke was involved in a terrible accident in Ghana.

The accident was said to have occurred around Kanda Highway in Accra on his way to the location of a new movie, last week Saturday.

The actor was reported to have gone into coma but he's now in stable condition at the Nyaho Medical Centre in Accra, Ghana where he's been admitted.

Jim Iyke's girlfriend, Ghanaian actress, Nadia Buari is said to have been taking good care of him.

Neither the actor or his girlfriend have made any comments.

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BBC Bans A-Plus For Hating Homos

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) AFRICA has blacklisted multi-talented Ghanaian satirist A-Plus for making an anti-homosexual comment on its Facebook wall.

He, however, told NEWS-ONE that the ban by the BBC would not deter him from his anti-homosexual posture but rather encourage him to kick against the promotion of homosexuality in Africa.

A-Plus, known in private life as Kwame Asare Obeng, had posted on BBC Africa’s Facebook page a comment that read: “There is a one way mission to Mars. All gays can join. Fortunately you are not coming back to earth. Africa hates you. We hate gays.

A Plus message on BBC facebook page 

The comment was in response to the recent enactment of a law to criminalize homosexuality in Uganda.

The international news agency, however, took offence at the anti-gay comment from A-Plus and stated: “And fortunately you are not coming back here. You are hereby banned from posting on BBC AFRICA Facebook for your hateful message. We are also reporting you to Facebook. This is a space for healthy comment and debate but we reserve the right to delete comments which are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable.

It added: “BBC AFRICA also reserves the right to ban users whose posts promote hate speech or advocate violence of any kind.

In an interview with NEWS-ONE, A-Plus stated that “here is where we live and we say we don’t want gays and lesbians and if BBC thinks my comments on gays and lesbians promotes hate speech then it is very unfortunate. Once it is BBC Africa, they must know what Africans want. That part of BBC belongs to Africans, the majority of Africans don’t want gays and lesbians and when the majority speaks that is the decision we must go by. I don’t believe that anybody who is gay belongs to our continent.

A-Plus continued: “When we vote in an election, the majority say we want this person as president. We don’t say because the minority have rights, we will go for their candidate as president. In the same way, the majority say we don’t want gays and lesbians in Africa and BBC Africa must respect that.  Reading through comments from the BBC Africa’s Facebook page on the same issue, 90 per cent of the people on their own page were against it and once you say something they don’t want to hear, they block you. As for me I am anti-gay and like I said if you are gay, there is a one way mission to Mars. Fortunately those who go there will not come back so if you are gay you can join them.

Many comments from the public on the development seem to have swayed in favour of A-Plus for his anti-gay position.

Hating the act of homosexuality is not the same as hating gays and therefore for A-Plus to have stated he hates gays without explaining he was limiting his hatred to the act, makes his statement a hate message against people who prefer same sex, others stated.

 By Nii Ogbamey Tetteh



London Court Sentence Woolwich Killers Adebolajo & Adebowale To Life Imprisonment

29yr old Michael Adebolajo and 22yrs Michael Adebowale have been been sentenced to life in prison for the gruesome murder of a soldier, Lee Rigby, in May 2013. The London-born Nigerians had hacked the man to death in front of horrified onlookers near Woolwich Barracks in south-east London.

They shouted 'Allahu Akbar', sayig "You (Britain) and America will never be safe" as they were being bundled out of the courtroom by security guards. According to the Judge's ruling, Adebolajo was given a whole life-term, while Adebowale was jailed for life with a minimum of 45 years.



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nigerian Actress Arrested For Stealing Returns!

Up and Coming Nollywood actress, Yetunde Akilapa, who recently went through hell after she was caught and beaten up for being at the wrong place at the wrong time has returned from her hometown, Ilesha (Osun) where she was said to have undergone spiritual cleansing from what she earlier described as an attack from her enemies.

When ENCOMIUM got across to her on her mobile phone, a happy Yetunde said all is now over. Not only that, she is back fully in the industry to continue with what she knows how to do best as against her previous plan to quit the profession after the disgraceful episode of Sunday, January 12, 2014.

“Yes, I am now back and ready to continue with my acting career. I am not quitting again. God has finally shamed my critics and enemies. It’s true I have not been around for two weeks.

I was going through a kind of marathon fasting and prayer. First, I had to go to my hometown on my mother’s invitation. That was where I stayed for about two weeks for spiritual cleansing, and I thank God I have triumphed over my enemies. The devil has lost the battle. I am a conqueror forever.”

Probed further if she is now a member of Christ Embassy Church, where she was said to have been delivered of the evil spirit that she claimed was about to ruin her life and career, she reacted:
“I am a member of The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Ikorodu, where I reside. But I only attend Christ Embassy Church, Agidingbi, Lagos, once in a while.

Even, my friend also introduced me to a Christ Apostolic Church, in Ketu, Lagos, where I also attend deliverance services. I don’t discriminate so far it’s all for my benefit. Now, I am happy that the battle is over. As I speak to you, I am on a movie location with some of my colleagues.

They are all happy that I am back. I pray that any weapon fashioned against me again shall never prosper.”

Ursula Owusu ready to lead legal action against ‘Mr Price’ in shoplifting incident

Lawyer and Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Ursula Owusu Ekufful says she is ready to lead a legal battle against Mr Price, the shop at the centre of a shoplifting incident at the Accra Mall, Monday.

Security men at Mr Price supervised what has been described as an inhuman treatment meted out to three young ladies accused of shoplifting panties in the shop.

The three were made to crawl on their knees from Mr Price through other shops at the Accra Mall to the main entrance while been heckled, ridiculed by members of the public, some of whom recorded the incident on their phones.

The incident has been a subject of a huge controversy in the media with some criticising Mr Price for superintending over a violation of the rights of the girls.

One of the three girls later confirmed in an interview with’s Edwin Appiah that they took more panties than they paid for but explained that they pleaded with the managers of Mr. Price to allow them pay for the items, a suggestion which was immediately rejected.

The lady, whose name has been withheld, said the effect of the treatment meted out to them was no less than being lynched.

In an interview with Joy News, Ursula Owusu Ekufful said the action by Mr Price was condemnable and hinted she was ready to lead a legal battle against the company for violating the human rights of the victims.

While condemning the decision by the three girls to shoplift, she was quick to add that the country is governed by laws which spell out in clear unambiguous terms how to treat persons found to have stolen.

“If people are caught breaking the law do we subject them to such barbaric treatment or do we let the law take its course?

“In my opinion those who stood and watched are equally as guilty as the security personnel who subjected the girls to this treatment.

“They have been caught shoplifting, yes; that is akin to stealing. What does the law say about people caught stealing?

“Do you subject them to a trial by ordeal. Do you subject them to such cruel and inhuman or degrading treatment; do you expose them to such public ridicule hatred and contempt. Or do you send them to the appropriate authorities to deal with them according to law?

“If Mr Price and its security officials think that this is the best way to deal with shoplifters then in their thinking we are living in a jungle or some kind of primitive society and they can do this and get away with it.

“There is no way they can do this in South Africa where Mr Price originates from,” Mrs Ekufful said.

The MP said there are several causes of action open to both Mr Price and girls.

“Mr Price can choose to prosecute them for shoplifting but they can also bring action against [Mr Price] in assault, violation of their human rights and dignity.

“I will be very willing to lead this charge against the shop which subjected them to this kind of treatment,” she threatened.

What they did is reprehensible and condemnable and must be condemned by all right thinking members of the society, she added.




Apple Users Given Security Warning

Users of Apple’s OS X operating system are being warned to take care when browsing online as they wait for a solution to a security flaw.

A software update was released last week to owners of iPhones, iPads and iPods to protect users from “an attacker” who may “capture or modify data”.
It was later discovered that the problem also existed on Apple laptops and desktop computers running OS X.

A security fix has not yet been issued.
The problem was first spotted on Apple’s mobile devices which run the iOS 7 operating system. It relates to the way secure connections are made between Apple’s safari browser and websites, including banking sites, Google and Facebook.

These sites have digital security certificates that allow an encrypted connection to be established between a user’s computer and the website. This means any data that is sent over the connection should be secure.

Dropped the ball
However, a vulnerability in the code for Apple’s iOS and OS X operating systems meant the security certificates were not being checked properly. This meant hackers could impersonate a website and capture the data that was being sent over the connection before letting it continue its journey to the real website.
Apple released a fix for mobile devices running iOS 7 last week but a spokesperson issued the following statement about OS X: “We are aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon.”

According to researchers the security flaw had existed for months but no-one had reported it publicly.
Graham Cluley, a security analyst, said it was a failing by the company that it had not been identified earlier.
“It’s pretty bad what Apple have done, they’ve seriously dropped the ball. How much the problem has been exploited is hard to say. Hackers may now be trying to take advantage while users wait for the security fix.”
He advised users to take care when using the web and consider using an alternative browser to Safari until the problem was fixed.

He also urged users of Apple’s mobile devices to upgrade to the latest iOS version as soon as possible and for OS X users to keep their eyes open for a security update and to implement it as soon as it was available.




Pistorius Case: Partial Televising Of Trial Allowed

South Africa was stunned when Oscar Pistorius shot dead his model girlfriend

A South African judge has ruled that the trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius can be partially televised.
Mr Pistorius shot his girlfriend, the model and reality TV star Reeva Steenkamp, more than a year ago, and his murder trial begins next Monday.

State prosecutors allege the killing was premeditated, but he claims he mistook her for an intruder.
The BBC’s Pumza Fihlani says it will be the first time parts of a trial in South Africa are televised live.

24-hour channel

Judge Dunstan Mlambo at the court in Pretoria was asked to decide how much, if any, of the proceedings could be filmed and broadcast live.

The application was brought by media groups MultiChoice, eNCA and Eyewitness News, reported Sapa news agency.

Justice Mlambo said the entire audio of the trial could be broadcast live, and sections of the trial could be filmed and televised live.

These included opening arguments, evidence of experts, police witnesses and closing arguments.
The testimony of the accused and his witnesses were exempt, the judge said.

Three cameras could be set up to be operated remotely – and no close-ups or recordings of private conversations were allowed, he said.

Witnesses could apply in writing if they did not want to be on camera – and allowances could be made to have faces obscured or filmed from the back, he added.

MultiChoice is planning 24-hour coverage of the trial on its own dedicated channel – the Oscar Pistorius Trial channel – which is due to begin broadcasting on Sunday.

Defence lawyers had said it would prejudice proceedings.
Justice Mlambo said the broadcast of a “celebrity” trial might go a long way to address misconceptions about justice system.

However, he warned against a trial by media and said the court could be the only place where Mr Pistorius was tried.

Ms Steenkamp, 29, was shot three times through the toilet door of Mr Pistorius’ Pretoria home in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year.

Mr Pistorius said he thought she was a burglar and denies prosecution claims that they had an argument in the hours before the shooting.

Much of the case will depend on ballistic evidence from the scene of the shooting, correspondents say.
The arrest of the national sporting hero astounded South Africa.

The 27-year-old double amputee won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and also competed at the Olympics.

As well as the charge of premeditated murder, Mr Pistorius also faces a charge of illegal possession of ammunition.




Fire destroy portions of Kumasi Central Market Wednesday dawn

A fire outbreak at the Kumasi Central Market early Wednesday morning has destroyed property worth thousands of Ghana cedis.

Graphic Online’s Ashanti Regional Correspondent, Donald Ato Dapatem reported that the cause of the fire which started at about 1:30am was not immediately known.

According to our correspondent most of the shops affected, numbering over 100 were at where they sell groundnuts, artificial hair, perfumes and cloths.

Fire Service personnel experienced difficulties in battling the fire effectively due to lack of access to the area which was affected by the fire.

They managed to bring the inferno under control at about 6:30am.

The extent of damage was not immediately known.

Many traders upon hearing of the incident have rushed to the scene to check on their goods.

It has been a scene of sorrow , anguish and pain as scores of traders, mostly women, who had lost valuable items and goods running into thousands of Ghana cedis to the raging fire screamed, sobbed or wept uncontrollably.

There is a heavy police presence to maintain law and order as well as prevent looting which is normally associated with some of these market fires.



Australian TV Star Commits Suicide Over Abuses She Received On Twitter

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Cyber tormenting and social media bullies who troll others have added another casualty in Australian star and former model Charlotte Dawson famed for TV shows such as ‘Australia’s Next Top Model, the New Zealand-born star, 47, had a history of depression.

She was found dead in her Sydney apartment yesterday morning February 22nd. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. She had taken prescription tablets with wine and tweeted: ‘you win’ in a suicide note to her cyber tormentors.

..In 2012, she was admitted to a Sydney hospital after a suicide attempt following an ongoing tirade of abuse on Twitter.

She later made fighting bullying her personal mission, waging an anti-bullying media campaign on television and radio and in newspapers and magazines as well as her beloved Twitter. Her efforts and high public profile on the issue were recognized by the National Rugby League, a major Australian football association, which last year made her an anti-bullying ambassador.

Dawson revealed in her 2012 autobiography ‘Air Kiss & Tell’ that she was frequently visited by the ‘depression bogeyman’. She had long graced the pages of women’s gossip magazines and scenes in reality TV shows. Her modeling career had taken her to Italy, Britain and Germany during the 1980s. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key tweeted he was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the news of her death.

The Sun-Herald newspaper in Sydney reported Sunday that her body was found only minutes before her luxury waterside apartment was due to be sold at auction.




[Nigerian Actress] - Rukky Sanda’s Gold Diggin Film Rated Worst Nollywood Movie Ever

Nollywood actress Rukky Sanda’s latest movie, Gold Diggin has received negative reviews from critics and fans who watched it.

From the first few scenes of ‘Gold diggin’ the new flick by actress/producer/director Rukky Sanda, it becomes obvious that one is set for an uncomfortable experience.

The playbook is painfully clear as there is a thread of a story, a semblance of a plot but not much else.

It does not matter though as Ms Sanda has to make a movie out of her limited resources, who says it has to be a decent one?

She casts herself (of course) in the lead as a bimbo from the upper side of town who does not have much of a life or a brain either. She goes through life partying, drinking and bedding any two bit hustler who happens to have a semi-hit song or film.

She also casts Ghanaian star Yvonne Nelson in the best friend role as the other bimbo with half a brain who provides the fuel to her fire, urging her on her wild-partying ways and talking some sense into her on the rare occasion.

It is all stuff you have seen too many times before to really care; a more capable actress would have been wasted in this role but Miss Nelson does not seem to mind, employing her striking physique to elicit emotions in the most virile of viewers.

Everything is manipulative and exploitative too. There is a third best friend somewhere but she shows up only once or twice.

Everyone in the movie is playing off on their public image; Denrele Edun and Dammy Krane also star in the movie.

You might know some dude named Sexy Steel, he seems to have some claim to fame as Sanda’s character promptly jumps into bed with him after being convinced by Nelson’s character that he is a star.

Rukky Sanda is being the Rukky Sanda we love to hate and even Alexx Ekubo who tends to come out of these sort of movies with some dignity intact slums through this one.

Ekubo plays the long-suffering hunk who must fall in love with Sanda (for no conceivable reason,) apart to give her tale a redeeming arc.

There is nothing to root for here, nobody to care for. The love story is inert, the chemistry is non-existent and the acting is zero.

Rukky Sanda knows she’ll never win an Oscar and does not have the range of a Mercy Johnson but she is savvy enough to understand that roles like this are what work best for her.

She has a blast wearing as little as she can get away with, cursing, looking pretty and imitating Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods in the ‘Legally blonde’ films.

There is a disconnect with the second half and the film feels like a series of stills cobbled together to make an unwholesome whole.

The screenplay is bland and has only a few decent lines of dialogue going for it.

Sanda’s direction is 90’s home video style and the background music/soundtrack insists on narrating the whole story.

As a producer and maybe even a director, Rukky Sanda showed some promise with ‘Keeping my man’, her first major theater outing released last year but this one takes her 10 steps back.



[Nigerian Actor] - Emeka Ike Evicted From Rented Duplex Over N8.5 million Rent Default

Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike who has been thrown out of his rented apartment in Magodo GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, over his inability to pay an accumulated three year rent of N8.5 million.

The apartment, a twin duplex located at 1, Raji Oladimeji Street, Magodo GRA, was until his ejection, used by Emeka to run his business. Emeka had in 2007 diversified by establishing a secondary school named St Nicholas College and decided to hire the premises on a five-year lease agreement from an 87-year-old retiree, Chief Samuel Agboola Akintan at the rate of N2 million per annum for the first two years and N3 million annually for the remaining three years, bringing the total rent of five years to N13 million.

Saturday Sun gathered that Emeka was able to get his landlord accept a deposit of N2 million with a promise to pay the rest later. Trouble, however, started when a year after moving in, the popular actor began to default and at a point issued a dud cheque of N1.5 million.

To force Emeka to pay his money and eject him from the property, Chief Akintan through his company, Samak Investments Ltd, had to drag the actor to the Ikeja Magistrate court.Without much delay, the court had on November 22, last year ordered the actor to vacate the premises but his refusal to heed the order led the court Sheriff to carry out execution of the judgment on January 24 this year when his property was thrown out.

Speaking to Saturday Sun, the octogenarian chairman of Samak Investment Ltd, Chief Akintan wondered why the actor chose to be a pain in his neck

He said:

“I never knew this gentleman from Adam. He just came to my house with his wife and I was worried about who he was and my children came to me, saying, Emeka Ike, we know him daddy; he is a nice gentleman. That is how I fell into his hands.”

“When I wanted to take the matter to court, Emeka wrote a letter on February 15, 2012, pleading that I’m his father and that I should halt any court process against him. Even this N2.5 million was paid in 2011, a year to the expiration of the five- year lease. After that, he issued a N1.5 million Zenith bank, Eric Moore branch cheque in my name, dated May 20, 2012, which bounced.“Some people advised me to take him to Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria police; I refused because this boy is a young boy like my son, why would I do that to him; that he should leave my property.”

“After the cheque bounced, my lawyer called him over the phone, he started abusing me, threatening to deal with the lawyer and me. I never looked at what he was owing me in the past but should pay this N1.5 million. If I were to calculate his arrears, he has to pay far more but I am just satisfied with this N1.5 million.”

He said the recommendation from his children made him enter into the lease agreement of five years which was to expire in 2012. According to him,

“he was supposed to pay for the first two years N2 million each per annum and the subsequent three years N3 million per annum. The total rent for that period of five years should be N13 million. He paid N2 million for the first year and never paid again until three years later when he paid only N4.5 million and the balance should be N 8.5 million.”

“I can’t walk, so the two times I went there, I was carried like a baby to the court and Emeka didn’t come, but my lawyer went there three times. The magistrate at Igbosere wrote back to the one at Ikeja to go ahead with the matter since Emeka didn’t come.
“We went back to the first court and after several adjournments, neither Emeka nor his lawyer put up appearance and we were asked to give our evidence and we did, thereafter, the judgment was delivered.
“To give Emeka another opportunity, we got judgment in November 22, but the magistrate in her wisdom said we should give him one month to enable him to get himself together and move out. We were supposed to take possession by December 20, 2013 but we didn’t until January 24, when the Commissioner of Police gave us three policemen led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police to follow the Court Sheriff to eject him. They ejected him and put his property outside.”

When Emeka heard of this unsavoury development, he was said to have gone to Magodo police station and reported that thugs invaded his property after which the police arrested the two guards the landlordhad stationed there.

“When in January I went to the premises, even the teachers complained that they had never seen him for many months and had not paid them salaries for nine months.

“While I was in Ondo, I got a phone call that Ekeka came to Lagos and went to Magodo police station and reported that thugs invaded his property. Police went there and arrested the guards and he put his own guards and locked the place.”

Sounding emotional, Chief Akintan said:

“I’m a sick man; diabetic for 37 years. I will be 87 by my next birthday and can’t walk. I live at the grace of doctors and what nature can allow me to have. I’m immobile. I had to come back to Lagos to start another process to dislodge him. When I spoke to the DPO, Magodo police station and tendered documents, he said, so, ‘Emeka came here to tell him lies.’

“We have filed a contempt of court against him. We have taken possession of the property and about renovating it.

He is going about telling people that the place was not completed when he moved in that he put over N200 million to build it. He has done a lot of damage to the property. I sent my contractor to assess the damage; he told me that I needed between N10 million and N13 million for renovation.

“I have sympathy for Emeka, but unfortunately, he has no sympathy for himself. Emeka went to court to plead that the judgment should be set aside, that I received a kangaroojudgment; that the case should be retried. The court dismissed it, saying it was abuse of court process.

I don’t know what Emeka would do again. I have never seen a character like that before.

“His former landlord, Dr Shofoluwe was in the same position with me. He is looking forEmeka to pay N3.5 million rent arrears. He was ejected legally. This is the type of man coming to trouble me now and I don’t need cheap publicity.”

When Emeka Ike was contacted, he said

“there is a position now, because I don’t want people who have not achieved anything in their lives to use unnecessary distractions to gain prominence. It is my money and investments and it is not a national crisis.

Maybe people who think I have a larger than life image are trying to use it to make a point and I want to handle it as legal as possible.”

He noted that there can be challenges in business, stressing that he is still in possession of the school.He added that only two entities can close down a school, either the government or the owner of the school stressing that none of that has happened.

“I’m still in possession of the school. It is only the government that has the right to shut down the school if it feels that I’m not capable and I, as the CEO, if I feel that I can’t do it again. Nobody can shut down the school and the case is in court. It should not be seen as a national crisis, I have my business in Abuja and I’m doing very well and right now I don’t like distraction,”




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