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Anas to petition Special Prosecutor over Galamsey fraud video

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Anas and his Tiger Eye Pi team are set to present a petition to the office of the Special Prosecutor investigate the suspects who were caught taking bribes to facilitate illegal mining despite the government clamp down on the act.

“The team will Send a petition to the office of the Special Prosecutor, which I believe is ready, and the team is ready to deliver to the office of the special prosecutor who has the mandate to investigate such things.

“The petition says some people have been exposed in bribery and corruption and thwarting the state’ effort at fighting illegal mining,” one of the lawyers for Tiger Sammy Darko told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Ranking Member of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament Adam Mutawakilu has called for the prosecution of public officials implicated in the video.

The investigative piece christened ‘galamsey fraud’ uncovered massive scale of fraud perpetrated by some members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee against Illegal Mining.

The Committee was established to supervise the ban on small scale mining which was imposed in March 2017 when it was observed that small scale mining was being used as a cover for irresponsible mining as well as even illegal mining in many parts of the country.

The practice fast led to a degradation of the environment affecting severely rivers and forest reserves. In some cases, it even led to a contamination of agricultural products as a result of the absorption of dangerous chemicals used.

Details from the investigative piece spearheaded by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, however, point to a coordinated attempt by key members of the committee to derail the government and President Akufo-Addo’s efforts to fight the illegal mining menace.

A presidential staffer and Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining Charles Cromwell Bissue has been fingered as the foremost collaborator against efforts by President Akufo-Addo to fight the menace.

Commenting on the expose’ on Morning Starr Ranking Member of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament Adam Mutawakilu told host Francis Abban President Akufo-Addo must immediately fire those implicated and hand them over to the police for prosecution.

“I expect the president to have fired these people by now and be prosecuted,” he said.

But, he said he believed the president will not because “he is benefiting from that activity.”

Source: starfm.com.gh

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About 600 Junior High candidates and 530 students from Mansoman and Manso Adubia Senior High Schools, who have registered to sit for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), attended the workshop.

The workshop was aimed at briefing the candidates on examination malpractices and the sanctions that exist for such perpetrators.

Awareness was created on the need to reject various forms of malpractices such as impersonation, sending foreign materials into examination halls, using mobile phones during examination and sending purported leaked question papers into examination halls among others.

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The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC) are demanding access to the driver and his mate who were captured in a video assaulting a police constable, Julius Mawuli Ekpe.

In a letter to the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, the bodies also want to know the whereabouts of Francis Buabeng and Albert Ansah.

The two were remanded into police custody after appearing in court on Monday.

They both pleaded not guilty to four counts of conspiracy to commit crime, assault of a public officer, causing damage to police accoutrement and obstruction.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has launched the e-Justice Project, the paperless court system which will enhance dramatically the nation’s efforts at improving its justice delivery system.

Speaking at the launch Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo stated that the e-Justice Project is a recognition of the fact that every aspect of life is today ruled by technology.

“The Project is attempting to help ensure that the law keeps pace with technology, ending the age-old ‘missing dockets’ phenomenon and endless litigations, which have plagued the efficient delivery of justice in the country for several years,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that since his assumption of office, a number of policy measures have been introduced to help bridge the technology-gap, in the justice delivery system.

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