Saturday, December 24, 2016

Fire at Accra financial Centre near National Theatre

But for the timely intervention of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), the Accra financial Centre located at Ridge would have been engulfed by fire.
The fire which affected the signage of the centre could not extend to other parts of the building following a prompt response by the GNFS which quickly deployed a team to control the fire.
Though the cause of the fire is not yet known, the Regional Commander for Greater Accra, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Ebenezer Simpson, said it could be as a result of an electrical fault.

The fire started at 6:10am on Saturday from one of the signage on the eight-storey building.
Mr. Smpson told Citi News’ Zoe Abu Baido that the security personnel on duty at the centre attempted controlling the fire but were unsuccessful and thus called on the fire service.

He said it took his men few minutes to get to the scene adding that they managed to put the fire under control. “It didn’t affect any property inside.
Also, nobody was hurt because we managed to get everyone out of the building,” Chief Fire Officer Simpson added.

This comes to three the number of fire incidents recorded in the country in the last few days.

A gas explosion at La in the Greater Accra claimed about six lives while scores of others were injured.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016InReview: Nigeria's 6 religious killings that happened in 2016

In 2016, Nigerians have seen many killed because of their religious convictions. These deaths have been deeply saddening as the bereaved have continued to cry out for justice.
As the year ends, is compiling a list of some of the religious killings that shook the country to its core, so that we might reflect on them and prevent such happenings in the new year.
1. Bridget Agbahime

Late Mrs Bridget Agbahime
Bridget Agbahime was a 74 year old Igbo market woman, originally from Imo state, who sold kitchen utensils in Kano.
On June 2, 2016, she was brutally attacked and killed at Kofar Wambai Market in Kano by a Muslim mob who accused her of blasphemy.
According to reports, she was pounced upon and murdered after she refused to allow a Muslim man perform ablution in front of her shop.
As expected, there was outrage and promises to bring the perpetrators to justice. The prime suspect in the murder, Dauda Ahmad was arrested, and so were four others: Abdullahi Mustapha, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi.
However, six weeks ago they were all set free by the court and as at the time of this report, no explanation has been given. No justice has been served.
2. Eunice Olawale Elisha
Mrs Eunice Elisha
Mrs Eunice Elisha
Eunice Olawale Elisha was a 42-year-old mother of seven, who loved to preach. What she loved was one of the factors that led to her death on July 9, 2016.
The Ekiti state born indigene has lived in the Kubwa area of Abuja, with her family for many years before she lost her life in the early hours of July 9.
She was well known as a Pentecostal preacher. Reports have it that she was stabbed to death by suspected Muslim extremists.
Shortly after the body was discovered, on a Saturday, the police said they had arrested some suspects and had commenced investigation on the matter.
Yet up till now, about five months later, no suspects have been brought to justice.
3. Mr Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel
Chimaije Emmanuel
Chimaije Emmanuel
Mr Methodus' death was reported by the Nigerian army as follows:
"At about 6pm yesterday, May 29, 2016, one Mr Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel, a 24-year-old trader based in Pandogari, Rafi LGA of Niger state was attacked and killed by a mob in the town on allegation of posting a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media."
The alleged Facebook post is yet to be presented, but it was said that he insulted the Prophet Muhammad in the post.
The Nigerian army quelled the resulting riot, there have been no reports of the prosecution of his killers.
4. 8 Christians killed in September 2016
Women weeping following a killing
Women weeping following a killing
On Sunday, September 18, eight Christians were killed as they left church according to the Catholic Herald in the UK.
During the same time, Islamic extremists, suspected to be Boko Haram killed more than 40 troops from a multi-national force in an attack on a convoy in north-east Nigeria.

5. 40 Christians killed in Kaduna
41-year-old Pastor Akut of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) said this about the attack on Christians in Kaduna state:
“We fled into the bushes, and some of us escaped to safer areas,” he said. “The attackers were in the hundreds and were well armed.
Some of them wore army uniforms, while others wore police uniforms. Some of them exchanged gunfire with the few soldiers stationed at the post office in the town, while others burned down houses of Christians.”
6. Zamfara 8
Religious riots
Religious riots
In August 2016, northern CAN has asked Christians to defend themselves whenever they came under attack, following the killing of eight Christians in Talata-Mafara in Zamfara state and a Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Luka Ubangari, by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Unguwan Anjo in Kaduna state.
May we see less of such in 2017.

Former NDC General Secretary Josiah Aryeh reported dead

Dr. Josiah Aryeh


Former General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Nii Armah Josiah Aryeh has passed on at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

According to reports, he has been battling illness in the past weeks.
Shortly after 2004 elections, he was suspended from the General Secretary position following allegations of intended defection for monetary gains. The allegations have since proven to be false and he remains an NDC member.
Dr Aryeh resurfaced on the political scene in 2012 as the National Chairman of the Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings’ National Democratic Party (NDP).
He's a lawyer by training and a law lecturer at the Ghana Law School.

Dr Nii Armah Josiah-Aryeh was born in 1958 at Jamestown in Accra. From Accra High School and Achimota School, he read English, Modern History and Law at University of Ghana and was active in student politics.

He was called to the Bar in 1983. In April 1984 he left for the UK on self-financed postgraduate education, where he obtained LLM (LSE), Certificate in Law Teaching (UC, London) and PhD (SOAS).
He returned to Ghana in January 1998 as a private legal practitioner and Lecturer at his alma mater

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