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Tracking Murder Of Ghana’s Social Activist

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Ghanaians are currently digesting the troubling murder of a popular social actvist and the matter is spiraling into a national security issue.

Taarifa has been carefully following up on this case and coroborating with local media reports in the west African country.

The Ashanti Regional Police Command has arrested three persons for the murder of social activist, Ibrahim Mohammed, also known as Kaaka Macho whose death sparked clashes leading to the killing of two others in Ejura.

At least six people sustained various degrees of injury after some angry youth clashed with a police-military team in the Ashanti regional town.

Ghana’s JoyNews, the media station which has been at the forefront of the news coverage in the farming community, has been cataloging how suspects believed to have played a role in the murder were arrested.

On June 26, 2021, Haruna Mohammed of Ejura lodged a complaint with the Ejura police that on the same day at 01:30 hours, his younger brother Ibrahim Mohammed, 45 was returning home on his motorbike when he was ambushed by an unknown assailant.

According to him, while the deceased was entering his house, the assailant(s) attacked and hit his occipital region with a stick and he fell to the ground unconscious.

He was rushed to the Ejura Government Hospital and later referred to KATH for further treatment.

At 14:30 hours, the Ejura police, in the company of the complainant, Haruna Mohammed, proceeded to the crime scene at Dagomba Line in Ejura and pointed to a club stained with blood at the entrance of house Number Plot 267 Block H as the possible murder weapon.

Police took photographs and retrieved the blood-stained club for evidential purposes.

Spot enquiry could not lead to any suspect(s) to the crime but a female tenant confirmed that she was in her room when she heard the arrival of the victim on his motorbike.

According to her, she later heard a loud shout which made her come out of the room, only to find the victim lying unconscious in a pool of blood.

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She said, with the assistance of others, they rushed him to the Ejura Government Hospital. Statements were taken from the complainant and others but they could not mention the name of any suspect.

Police investigators then extended enquiry to the hospital where the victim was met at the Emergency Ward and was attended to by the Medical Officer, Dr. Mensah Menye.

The deceased was later referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.

Meanwhile, the Police had contacted credible informants in the area to volunteer vital information to aid in the arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.

June 27, 2021:
The investigator in the case, General Constable Sam-Sowah Sylvester, left his Ejura-base station for Kumasi to visit the victim and to possibly issue a medical form.

Ibrahim Mohammed, after his referral from Ejura Government Hospital, remained in an unconscious state.

June 28, 2021:
Ibrahim Mohammed, also known as Kaaka Macho died whilst on admission at KATH at 01:40 hours. His demise cast a shadow of things to come.

The youth of Ejura at 18:30 on June 28, 2021, went on a rampage. They took to the streets and later besieged the Ejura Police station.

The youth, in the process, caused damage to a Toyota RAV4 4×4 vehicle with registration number AS 4910–14 which belongs to Inspector Kofi Agyapong from the Mampong Divisional headquarters. They also destroyed the lighting system at the charge office of the Ejura Police Station.

At 22:45 hours, the police picked up intelligence that the victim, Ibrahim Mohammed, also known as Kaaka, was attacked and wounded with a club by Ibrahim Issaka and Fuseini Alhassan, a butcher.

With the assistance of the Formed Police Unit and the Special Weapons and Tactics teams, the two suspects were arrested at the Ejura–Sekyedumase District Assembly Revenue checkpoint to assist with investigations.

Suspect Ibrahim Issaka, also known as Anyaas, described as a ticket seller was chased by some angry youth who wanted to lynch him for his alleged involvement in the murder of Kaaka Macho.

Sensing danger and in an apparent attempt to save his life, Issaka abandoned his motorbike at the checkpoint.

Police found the checkpoint vandalized by the rampaging youth who stole an unspecified amount of money collected during the day.

Photographs were taken at the scene for evidential purposes and suspects sent to Asante Mampong to be detained.

On June 29, 2021;The body of the late social activist was released to the family for burial in line with Islamic custom.

The Ashanti Regional Police Command deployed men to provide security and move side-by-side with mourners; a majority of whom were youth.

Personnel of the Formed Police Unit and the Special Weapons and Tactics teams deployed earlier to the community took strategic positions at the Ejura Police Station and the offices of the Ejura Sekyedumase Municipal Assembly after police picked up intelligence that the two establishments could become targets of the angry youth.

But all hell broke loose when the angry youth, whilst returning from the cemetery after the burial of Kaaka, started attacking anything in NPP colours, including meeting venues for the youth group, Kandahar. Some of them also burnt car tyres in the middle of the road.

The police team, all this while, could not fire any warning shot, since they were instructed not to do so until a reinforced military team arrived.

The rest is history…

2 dead, 4 injured as military and police clash with protesting Ejura youth

June 30, 2021:
At about 9 a.m, a brother of Ibrahim Mohammed, Iddi Mohammed also known as Chuburus, a Blacksmith was arrested at his Dagomba Line residence to assist police with investigations.

July 1,2021:
Suspects arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Kaaka’ were transferred from Asante Mampong where they had been in custody since their arrest to the Ashanti Regional Police headquarters.

July 2, 2021: Three suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Kaaka in Ejura-Sekyedumase made their maiden appearance before the Asokwa District Court in Kumasi.

The pleas of Issaka Ibrahim, also known as Anyaase, Fuseini Alhassan and Iddi Mohammed, were not taken when they appeared before the court presided over by Her Worship, Akua Adu Boahen.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit crime and murder contrary to Section 46 of the Criminal Offences Act of 1960.

The court was told the chilling account of how the deceased was attacked at about 1:30 am whilst returning home on his motorbike. (Ejura murder: Chilling account of how social activist was murdered in cold blood)

They were remanded after the Prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Kofi Blagodzi prayed the court for more time for the police to thoroughly investigate the case.

Other details adapted from Myjoyonline

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UK Sanctions Two Wealth Africans Linked To State Corruption

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The Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and a Zimbabwean business tycoon have been slammed with sanctions for enriching themselves at the expence of Citizens.

Early this week, the UK goverment said it had imposed sanctions on five foreign people who had been implicated in graft in their host countries.

The UK government said Teodoro Obiang Mangue, Equatorial Guinea’s vice president and the son of the nation’s incumbent leader, who was alleged to have the misappropriated state funds, entered into corrupt contracts and solicited bribes to fund a lavish lifestyle that was inconsistent with his official salary.

Extra details indicate that Teodoro Obiang is accused of buying a U$100 million mansion in Paris, France, a U$38 million private jet and a crystal-covered glove previously worn by pop singer Michael Jackson.

Meanwhile Zimbabwean Business tycoon, Kudakwashe Tagwirei, is accused of illicitly profiting when his company, Sakunda Holdings, redeemed Zimbabwean Treasury Bills for up to 10 times their official value.

The UK Government argues that Kudakwashe’s actions accelerated the deflation of Zimbabwe’s currency, increasing the price of food and other essentials, Raab’s office said. Kudakwashe has been linked to Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

As part of punishment, the UK government has ordered asset freezes and travel bans “targeting individuals who have lined their own pockets at the expense of their citizens,” U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement on Thursday.

“The U.K. is committed to fighting the blight of corruption and holding those responsible for its corrosive effect to account,” the statement reads in part.

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Colombian businessman Alex Nain Saab Moran, an ally of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, and his partner Alvaro Pulido Vargas, who allegedly benefitted from programs set up to provide affordable food and housing to poor Venezuelans.

The two profited from “improperly awarded contracts,” where goods were supplied at highly inflated prices, Raab’s office said.

The Venezuelan government vowed to keep denouncing the sanctions, saying in a statement late Thursday that they were immoral.

Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan the former governor of Iraq’s Nineveh province, who was accused of misappropriating public funds intended for reconstruction and support for civilians, and improperly awarding contracts and other state property.

He’s currently serving a five-year prison sentence in Iraq for wasting money on fictitious public works programs and other offenses.

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Congolese Journalist Stabbed, Severely Beaten

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The media fraternity in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are currently in panic after their colleague, a Radio Moto Butembo-beni journalist Evariste Mwenge Kalite was targeted by bandits carrying knives on Friday evening.

According to reliable sources on Friday at around 8:30 p.m. local time. The event happened at the ITAV stadium when this journalist was returning to its home in the same area.

According to Philippe Makomera, Director of this radio station, Mwenge was severely beaten and cut with a machete before these executioners took his cell phone from him.

The severely injured journalist was quickly transported to a health facility in Vutsundo but was bleeding profusely and was transferred to Matanda General Hospital for proper treatment.

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Rwanda Police Arrests Five In Operations Against Motorcycle Theft

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested five people belonging to the same racket suspected to be behind series of violent motorcycle theft in City of Kigali.

They were showed to the media on Wednesday, July 21, at the Police metropolitan headquarters in Remera, Gasabo District.

The ring include the trio of Claude Dusabimana alias Eric, 25, Alphonse Biziyaremye also known as Micheal, 37, and Jean Claude Rusigariye guising as Tuyizere; whose role was to identify and to steal motorcycles.

Others include Jean Claude Bitondeyiki, a broker, who was charged with searching for buyers, and Oscar Hagenimana, one of those who were buying stolen motorcycles.

One of the thieves, Alphonse Biziyaremye, a resident of Kanyinya Sector, Nyarugenge District, narrated that they would lure a taxi-moto operator to an ambush, assault him before disappearing with the motorcycle.

The theft operation, he added, would be executed either late in the evening or in the wee morning hours.

“We had different roles; Tuyizere Rusigariye was responsible for identifying luring the taxi-moto operator from Amashyirahamwe house in Nyabugogo to an ambush near Metafoam factory in Kigali Sector Nyarugenge District. Me and Dusabimana, would mount the ambush,” Biziyaremye explained.

He added that as soon as the motorcylist stopped at the agreed spot, Tuyizere would hit him on the head with an object.

Biziyaremye and Dusabimana would also jump out of the bush to help him in the assault before disappearing with the motorcycle leaving the victim unconcious.

This was also corroborated by Dusabimana, who added that after hitting the motorcyclist with an object and falling down, he would be shielded by Biziyaremye and Dusabimana to grab the moto and ride away.

According to Hagenimana, a motorcycle mechanic, he bought three motos from the trio. He added that they were connected to him by Bitondeyiki.

“I bought the first one from them for Frw270, 000, the second one at Frw280, 000 and paid them Frw290, 000 for the third moto. I was disassembling all the motorcycles, sell spare parts or use them to fix other motorcycles,” said Hagenimana.

The suspects were handed over to RIB for further investigations and legal process.

One of the victims identified as Jean Pierre Sayinzoga, a resident of Mageragere Sector in Nyarugenge District, narrated the ordeal.

“On May 29, I picked a passenger (Tuyizere) at Amashyirahamwe house in Nyabugogo, who told me that he was going to a place near Metafoam factory. As we approached the factory about 100 metres away, he told me to stop and at that moment he grabbed me and tried to strangle me,” Sayinzoga narrated.

“Two other people appeared from the bush and also started assaulting me targeting mainly the upper part of the body until I was unconcious and they left, probably thinking that I was dead.”

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that this was a two-month operation to identify and arrest people behind the series of violent motorcycle theft in Kigali.

“There has been several cases of motorcycle theft in Kigali as reported by victims. In response to these series of theft, Police arrested these five suspects, who were playing different roles, and recovered three out of the five motorcycles that were stolen through the same scenario,” CP Kabera said

He warned people, who think that Rwanda National Police is much taken by the current Covid-19 period and enforcement of the directives, and perceive this as an opportunity to commit crimes.

“Police enforces all laws and directives; if you think that there is a window for you to implement your evil plans, think twice and think wisely,” CP Kabera warned.

Real time information sharing on the theft or crime, he added, facilitates early response and timely successful operations.

Theft under article 166 of the law determining offences and penalties in general, attracts an imprisonment of between one and two years and a fine of not less than Frw1 million but not more than Frw2 million, a community service of six months or one of these penalties.

However, in article 167, the penalty doubles if the crime was committed at night or by more than one person.

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