Farmers were fairly compensated; they should allow the court to decide

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Farmers were fairly compensated; they should allow the court to decide – Newmont

Newmont Ghana has reaffirmed its commitment to fully engage with farmers in New Abirem to address concerns over their compensation packages.

This follows a demonstration by some farmers in the New Abirem District of the Eastern Region on Tuesday who are demanding better compensation from Newmont.

The demonstration, which started around 6:00 am saw the farmers block roads leading to the mining site at Adeisona, as they burnt car tyres to prevent the workers from going to the site.

Some farmers were eventually injured when police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, Senior Director of Communications and External Relations at Newmont, Ama Bawuah, called on farmers seeking new and additional land and crop compensation, to allow the legal process to run its course, following earlier mediation efforts.

“We all very committed to engaging with all stakeholders. It is part of Newmont’s core value to engage with our communities and honour all our obligations to stakeholders. We look forward to a peaceful and amicable resolution of this issue. Whatever the court system decides, Newmont will abide by the court ruling.”

‘Farmers were not cheated.’

Ama Bawuah further indicated that though the farmers were fairly and fully adequately compensated, they decided to stage a demonstration demanding extra compensation packages.

“We engaged the land valuation board. We engaged with a reputable community valuer that was based on the agreement with all stakeholders, and we compensated fully and fairly, and the farmers decided to come back. They decided that the compensation they were paid was not enough, so they decided to come back. They have taken the issue to court based on their position on the matter, and we believe the court system will issue a judgment on their operation.”

Some five farmers who were part of the demonstration sustained injuries after police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse them.

However, Newmont in a statement said the “police deployed personnel to ensure security and public order while protecting lives and property, following reports of intimidation and threats.”

“Unfortunately, some individuals have been confirmed to have sustained injuries and are being treated,” the statement added.

In July, the community group embarked on a similar demonstration against Newmont Ghana to express dissatisfaction with the ongoing legal process concerning their demands for land and crop compensation and employment, as well as allegations of building cracks from mine pit blasting.

Prior to this, the Company had been in mediation with the farmers led by an independent arbitrator.

The parties continued to engage on the matter through the mediation process until the case was sent back to court.

By: Marian Ansah/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

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Woyome Case: Supreme Court Orders UT Bank Receiver Into Witness Box

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Gloria Akuffo, Attorney General

The Supreme Court has ordered the Receiver of defunct U.T Bank, Eric Nana Nipah, to mount the witness box to be cross-examined by the Attorney General.

This follows the Receiver’s claim of ownership of some properties belonging to businessman Alfred Woyome which the state intends to sell to satisfy a GH₵51.2 million debt Mr Woyome owes the state.

The Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, had earlier accused Mr Nipah, one of the Directors of audit firm, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), and businessman Alfred Woyome of colluding to prevent the state from selling his properties to satisfy the debt Mr Woyome owes the state.

The Attorney General maintains that the businessman used the said properties as collateral to secure a loan in excess of GH₵9million from the bank months after the bank claimed to have bought the properties.

The three properties in dispute are residential facilities located at Trassaco Valley estates and Accra New town.

Nana Nipah claims the bank acquired them on April 5, 2013, and May 13, 2014.

Justice Benin who is hearing the case gave the order for the cross-examination after he was informed by Mr Nipah’s lawyers that he (Mr Nipah) was out of the country and was not aware he was to testify on Monday.

Justice Benin fixed the cross-examination for Monday, October 22.

Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, told Joy News that the state is making a headway in retrieving the money Mr Woyome owes the state since each of the properties is worth about $1.5 million (a little over GH₵ million).

He argues that the state will show that indeed the two properties belong to the businessman by the end of the cross-examination.

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TV Host Drags Auditor-General To Supreme Court

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Daniel Domelevo

A private citizen and TV Host, Isaac Wilberforce Mensah, has filed a suit at the Supreme Court to seek interpretations into the extent of powers of the Auditor-General.

This comes on the back of the seeming impasse between the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo and the Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Professor Edward Dua Agyeman.

Mr. Domelevo had accused Prof Agyeman of “unlawful interference” of his mandate; a claim the board chair rejected.

Wilberforce who is also a private legal practitioner in his writ is seeking an interpretation that although Article 187 [7] of the 1992 Constitution makes the Auditor-General immune to control from anybody, he wants a declaration that this power “does not include the appointment of employees.”

Wilberforce further wants an emphatic declaration that appointments of staff for the Audit Service apart from the Auditor-General, is a “sole and exclusive preserve of the Audit Service Board” as enshrined in Article 189, 297 of the 1992 Constitution as well as section, 2, 3, 4 of the Audit service Act, 2000 (Act 584).

Mr. Wilberforce, Co-host of Breakfast Daily on Citi TV, also wants the Justices of the Supreme Court to uphold that the appointment of the staff by the Audit Service Board also includes the “power to make or supervise the posting of persons so appointed.”

Again, he wants the Supreme Court to declare that “the decision by the Auditor-General and his subsequent posting of officers and other employees in senior management positions in the Audit Service without reference or recourse to the approval of the Audit Service Board is a breach of” the appropriate laws.

“A declaration that the deliberate refusal or neglect of the Auditor-General to attend board meetings of the Audit Service Board with the view to rendering decisions taken at such meetings invalid is wrongful; and that his deliberate absence from board meetings without justifiable excuse does not invalidate decisions taken at such board meetings,” Wilberforce added as part of his reliefs.

He further wants “A consequential declaration that in the absence of the Auditor-General for any just cause, the person acting as the Auditor-General for any just cause, the person acting as the Auditor-General for the time being is clothed with the authority to attend meetings of the Audit Service Board with full powers of the Auditor-General.”

Wilberforce has joined the Audit Service Board and the Attorney- General and the Minister of Justice to the case at the Supreme Court.

The legal practitioner in a Citi News interview said his reason for going to court is only to find out the extent of powers of the Auditor-General.

“I’m not fighting with anybody. I’m only seeking to know the extent of the powers of the Auditor-General. The audit service is a very important body in this country. If we want to fight corruption in the country, every Ghanaian must be interested in it. If he is overstepping his powers we need to know and if someone is interfering with his power we need to know,” Wilberforce said in a Citi News interview.

An impasse between Auditor-General and the Board of his office, is currently being investigated by a committee set up by the president.

The Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Professor Edward Dua Agyeman, had denied allegations that he is interfering with the work of Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo.

The Auditor General in a letter to President Akufo-Addo asking for intervention in the matter, accused Professor Dua Agyeman of unlawfully interfering with, and violating his mandate.

In the letter dated 27th July 2018, Mr. Domelevo said “I wish to bring to your attention the unlawful interference and violations of my constitutional mandate by the Board Chairman- Prof Edward Dua Agyeman- and the Board of Ghana Audit Service and respectively request for your intervention.”

Professor Dua Agyeman however denied the allegations saying; “it is not that we do not want to work with him. He is insisting that he is not answerable to the Board and that whatever instructions we give he will not take.”

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Court Throws Out Kennedy Agyapong

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Kennedy Agyapong 

A High Court in Accra has declined an application by Kennedy Agyapong seeking to dismiss the GHȼ25 million defamation suit filed against him by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

The court, presided over by Justice Daniel Mensah, also held that the writ filed by Anas does not in any way violate the constitutional rights of Mr Agyapong as no relevant legal points had been raised to substantiate that claim.

Mr Agyapong claimed the wearing of a mask and concealment of his identity breached his constitutional rights under Article 33 of the Constitution.

Mr. Agyapong filed an application seeking to dismiss Anas’ lawsuit on the basis that the writ was incompetent.

The legislator averred that the writ did not disclose Anas’ address, and that even the address provided by Anas was not his address and he did not live there.

He said that the writ breached his constitutional right as a person.

The ace investigative journalist filed the suit against the MP after the latter in an attempt to stop Anas from airing the documentary “Number 12,” which detailed corruption in Ghana football, made allegations of tax evasion, invasion of privacy, blackmail.

Mr. Agyapong, in a series of media commentaries, demanded that Anas must not air the video.

“Yes, he [Anas] is evil, he is an extortionist; he is a blackmailer. I challenge him. Let us have the former Chief Justice. She should tell us what transpired between her and Anas,” Mr Agyapong is alleged to have said on one of the radio stations.

Anas, on June 8, 2018, proceeded to court with a defamation suit to give Kennedy Agyapong the opportunity to prove the claims and allegations he has been making against him.

Apart from the damages of GH¢25 million, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, is also demanding costs, including lawyers’ fees.

Mr. Agyapong on Asempa FM described Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ defamation suit against him as “too cheap.”

Mr Agyapong said “I will pay him [Anas] if I lose in court.”

Meanwhile, the court directed Anas to furnish Mr Agyapong with a more detailed address in 10 days as the current address is not sufficient.

The court disclosed that Anas uses North Labone Crescent while Kweku Baako, who also lives there, described it as North Labone Estates in a writ he filed at the Supreme Court.

The court further directed Mr Agyapong to file his statement of defence within 14 days.

Meanwhile, Kennedy’s lawyer, Ralph Agyapong, said media reports suggesting that his client’s application had been thrown out by the court are inaccurate.

The lawyer told Myjoyonline.com that the fact that the judge directed Anas Aremeyaw Anas to furnish Ken Agyapong with detailed address technically means there is no writ served on his client.

According to Ralph Agyapong, the applicant (Anas) is yet to make the corrections in his address as directed by the court before the writ could be served.

 

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IGP found guilty of contempt of court

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An Accra high court has found the Inspector General of Police David Asante Apeatu guilty of contempt of court. 

This was after two citizens Samuel Aggrey Jnr and Augustine Gyekye told the court he had wilfully disobeyed orders to provide security for the execution of a court order for the sale of a 12 block flats belonging to them. 

This case has travelled from 1988  when a woman, Mrs Aggrey (now deceased), filed the case against REDCO Company limited.

Se said the company had failed to pay an amount of money owed her. She won the case as the court in the judgment attached the property, 12-block flat at Madina in Accra. 

That is to say that if REDCO fails to pay the money the court will sell the property in order to retrieve the money for her. 

REDCO appealed this decision but lost. But even before the court ruled on the matter REDCO gave out the property to the Ghana Police Service to house some of its officers.

The applicants then went back to court to seek an order for the police to vacate the property and rather help execute the High Court’s order to sell the facility.

But the police according to the documents available to Joy News, failed to do that, instead claimed ownership of the property. 

The lawyers then filed another case citing the IGP for contempt. They argue that once the flat is in the custody of the court, it is illegal for anyone to sell or buy the property and that the police should have done due diligence.

They also argued, the police has failed to perform its statutory duty and for that matter have willfully disobeyed the orders of the court to provide security for the execution of the court order. 

Justice Daniel Mensah who sat on the case said;

“It is my humble opinion that the defence offered by the respondent after the applicant has successfully proved his case, is not legally tenable and the respondent has therefore failed to fully discharge the burden required to avoid a conviction and must, therefore, be committed for contempt of court and sanctioned accordingly’’ unquote. 

The court will on October 25 give its sentence. 

 

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Video: Family of slain Supreme Court judge call for justice; believe actors of murder are walking free

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The family of late Justice Cecilia Koranteng Addo, one of the murdered judges from Assin Nsuta is pleading with President Akufo-Addo to set up a commission to re-visit the murder.

The family is of the view that the key actors who plotted and dispatched the junior military officers for the killing of the judges have been left off the hook.

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William Adjei Beneng, a junior brother of the late Justice says he disagrees with the Reconciliation Commission’s directive that all aggrieved persons should seek redress in court.

I disagree and the family is waiting on the government for redress because if a person commits murder, the case is between the suspect and the republic and not any other individual so the government must show leadership, in this case,” he said in an interview with Adom News.

Kwadwo Adjei Agyepong, Poku Sarkodie and Mrs Cecelia Koranteng-Addow and Samuel Acquah, a retired Major in the Ghana Armed Forces, were abducted and shot dead with their bodies set on fire on the night of June 30, 1982.

Amartey Kwei, Tony Tekpor, Dzandzu and Helki were all found guilty of the murder, sentenced to death and executed by firing squad but Amedeka escaped while in prisons and hasn’t been seen since.

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Questions have been asked about the motive of the young soldiers. Most analysts believe there is a mastermind to the killings, someone walking free.

Amartey Kwei has been cited to have harboured a grudge against Major Acquah because he was Personnel Manager at Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation (GIHOC) when Kwei led a protest against the institution that got him dismissed.

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It’s against this background that the family believes the main actors in the case have been left off the hook and for that matter calling for Justice.

 

 

 

 

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Audio: Kennedy Agyapong’s lawyer speaks on court ruling

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Ralph Agyapong, counsel for Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong says his client is ready to file his defence if Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his lawyers present their detailed address to the court.

Lawyer Agyapong’s comments follow a decision by a High Court in Accra to decline an application by Kennedy Agyapong seeking to dismiss the ȼ25 million defamation suit against him by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

READ ALSO: Just in: Ken Agyapong loses round one in Anas defamation case

The court held that the writ filed by the ace investigative journalist does not in any way violate the constitutional right of Mr Agyapong as no relevant legal points have been raised to substantiate that claim.

Mr Agyapong claimed in his writ that the wearing of a mask and the concealment of his identity breached his constitutional rights under article 33 of the Constitution.

But the Court directed Anas to furnish Mr Agyapong with a more detailed address in 10 days as the current address provided is not sufficient.

But Lawyer Ralph Agyapong on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Thursday debunked media reports that the court has thrown out Ken Agyapong’s application to dismiss Anas’ ȼ25m suit.

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According to him, there was a wrong documentation about the residential address provided by the ace investigative journalist which to him was the main reason their case was dismissed.

“Some of the news portals are reporting inaccurate news because our case was not thrown away; the fault was not from our end but Anas’ so why should the media paint the picture as if it was our fault. If you don’t like the person at the centre of the issue, doesn’t mean you should report falsely,” he said.

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He said since the court has asked Anas and his team to provide the right details, within 10 days, they will also proceed and file their statements of defence when Anas and his lawyers are ready for proceedings to begin.

“My client has already said he is ready to fight this matter to the end so we are ever ready. We will file our statements when they are also ready in 10 days,” he stated.

 

 

 

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Delta 2 lawyer expresses displeasure over court decision to remand his clients

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The lawyer for two members of the vigilante group, Delta Force, who have been remanded into police custody has expressed disgust about the court’s ruling.

Lawyer William Kusi, in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Thursday, explained that the court was not fair to his clients who have been charged with two accounts of damaging plastic chairs worth one thousand Ghana cedis and for rioting to disturb social order.

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“The court was not ready to hear me out and I told them it was unlawful; the police only read the facts they had. On the contrary, these two people stated they were not present at the beginning of the incident but only went there after they heard the news and have therefore denied knowledge of the offence.

“They, however, are being treated as independent men who disturbed social order and caused damage,” he stated.

The Kumasi circuit court presided over by Her Honor Lydia Osei Marfo has remanded the duo into police custody.

READ ALSO: Just in: Ken Agyapong loses round one in Anas defamation case

The two were suspected to be part of the group that disrupted an NPP meeting in Tafo, in the Ashanti Region where Dr Anthony Osei Akoto, the Member of Parliament for the area and the Minister for monitoring and evaluation was meeting some members of his party.

According to the Police Prosecutor Philip Dagbre, the constituency chairman reported the case to the police but the police have not been able to conclude any investigations on the case hence his demand for a remand pending further investigations.

 

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Number#12: Court throws out Ken Agyapong’s application to dismiss Anas’ ȼ25m suit

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Kennedy Agyapong has said he’ll pay Anas the 25 cedis if he [Ken] loses the case it court.

A High Court in Accra has declined an application by Kennedy Agyapong seeking to dismiss the ȼ25 million defamation suit against him by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

The Court, presided over by Justice Daniel Mensah, also held that the writ filed by Anas does not in any way violate the constitutional rights of Mr Agyapong as no relevant legal points have been raised to substantiate that claim. 

Mr Agyapong claimed that the wearing of a mask and the concealment of his identity breached his constitutional rights under article 33 of the Constitution.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Mr Agyapong had filed an application seeking to dismiss Anas’ law suit on the basis that the writ was incompetent; that  it did not disclose Anas’ address, that even the address provided by Anas was not his address and he did not live there and finally that the writ breached his constitutional right as a person.

The ace investigative journalist filed the suit against the MP after the latter in an attempt to stop Anas from airing the documentary “Number 12,” which detailed corruption in Ghana football, made allegations of tax evasion, invasion of privacy, blackmail. 

Mr. Agyapong in a series of media commentary demanded that Anas must not air the video.

Read: Anas files ¢25m defamation suit against Kennedy Agyapong

“Yes, he [Anas] is evil, he is an extortionist, he is a blackmailer. I challenge him. Let us have the former Chief Justice. She should tell us what transpired between her and Anas,” Mr Agyapong is alleged to have said on one of the radio stations. 

Anas, on June 8, 2018, proceeded to court with a defamation suit, to give Kennedy Agyapong the opportunity to prove the claims and allegations he has been making against him.

Apart from the damages of ¢25 million, Anas Aremeyaw Anas is also demanding costs, including lawyers’ fees.

Mr. Agyapoong on Asempa FM, described Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ defamation suit against him “too cheap”. Mr Agyapong, said he “will pay him [Anas] if I lose in court.”

Meanwhile, the Court directed Anas to furnish Mr Agyapong with a more detailed address in 10 days as the current address provided is not sufficient.

The Court noted that Anas uses North Labone Crescent while Kweku Baako, who also lives there, describes it as North Labone Estates in a writ he filed in the Supreme Court.

The Court further directed Mr Agyapong to file his statement of defence within 14 days.

 

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Number 12: Ken Agyapong suit against Anas dismissed

An Accra High Court has declined an application by controversial Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong, seeking to dismiss the 25 million defamation suit against him by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

The court also held that the writ filed by the ace investigative journalist does not in any way violate the constitutional right of Mr Agyapong as no relevant legal points have been raised to substantiate that claim.

Mr Agyapong claimed in his writ that the wearing of a mask and the concealment of his identity breached his constitutional rights under article 33 of the Constitution.

But the Court directed Anas to furnish Mr Agyapong with a more detailed address in 10 days as the current address provided is not sufficient.

The court also noted that Anas uses North Labone Crescent while Kweku Baako, who also lives there, describes it as North Labone Estates in a writ he filed in the Supreme Court.

The Court further directed Mr Agyapong to file his statement of defence within 14 days.

Mr Agyapong had filed an application seeking to dismiss Anas’ law suit on the bases that the writ was incompetent, that it did not disclose Anas’ address, that the address provided by Anas was not his address and he did not live there and finally that the writ breached his constitutional right as a person.