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Ghanaians call for their country to be fixed with a street protest

– – Thousands of Ghanaians mainly young people on Wednesday staged a street protest, demonstrating over the state of the country’s economy and general state of development. What started as a social media campaign months ago with the hashtag #Fixthecountry, has now become a major movement led by young people. Wednesday’s protest lasted for over four hours with protesters holding placards that read “dishonesty and lack of patriotism gave us year of no return”, “Ghana is most religious but most corrupt country” among others. Young people in Ghana stage a…

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Ghana’s MPs approve new special prosecutor for corruption

– – Ghana’s lawmakers have approved by unanimous decision a new special prosecutor tasked to fight corruption in the country. The new special prosecutor is an Accra-based legal practitioner, Kissi Agyebeng who will replace the previous appointee, Martin Amidu who resigned last year. The 43-year-old is expected to be sworn-in by Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo this month to begin his role. The Ghana News Agency reported that “Mr Agyebeng has been a lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Law since October 2006, teaching and researching into Criminal Law,…

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ICC lifts arrest warrant on Ivory Coast’s Simone Gbagbo

– – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to lift an international arrest warrant issued for former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo. The court had issued the arrest warrant against Simone Gbagbo who was facing accusations of crimes against humanity, but Ivory Coast refused to extradite her to the Hague. Those crimes were allegedly committed during the country’s 2010-2011 post-election crisis after her husband, former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to hand over power to current president Alassane Ouattara. The ICC said “the evidence on which the arrest warrant…

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Nigerian influencer Hushpuppi pleads guilty to money laundering

In one scheme he is facing charges on is his attempt to steal more than $1.1m from someone who wanted to fund a new children’s school in Qatar, the document said. – – Prosecutors also alleged that Abbas defrauded a client of a New York-based law firm out of approximately $922,857 in October 2019 after he and a co-conspirator “tricked a paralegal” into wiring them money that was intended for the client’s real estate refinancing. Abbas also conspired to launder funds from a $14.7 million “cyber-heist” that struck a foreign…

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Why Watford must be in every Nigerian’s second premier league team in 21/22

– – Watford are back in the English Premier League after spending a year in the championship. Many fans were surprised by the signing based on the striker’s poor performance last season. There are reservations about his attitude, but there is some logic behind his acquisition. The Hornets will be looking forward to seeing Dennis grab a brace against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, while taking advantage of the Betway English premier league soccer betting opportunity. Earlier in July, Watford completed the signing of Oghenekaro Etebo from Stoke City.…

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Ivory Coast’s Ouattara and Gbagbo meet after 10 years

– – Ivory Coast’s key political rivals, President Alassane Ouattara and his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo have met face to face for the first time in 10 years. The two held a meeting on Tuesday as part of efforts to reconcile and forge national unity amid political tension. It was the tension between the two political rivals in the wake of the 2010-2011 post-election dispute that sparked a brief civil way a decade ago. That conflict led to the death of more than 3,000 people and got Gbagbo facing trial at…

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Ghana tightens Covid-19 restrictions as it battles a third wave

– – The government of Ghana has tightened its Covid-19 restrictions to curb the outbreak of the pandemic as the country battles a third wave of infections. Among others, there is a ban on receptions after social gatherings especially funerals. The Covid-19 taskforce is also stepping up enforcement of protocols including mandatory wearing of face masks. In a televised address to the nation, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo said all funerals must be held in open air spaces within a two – hour duration. The President Akufo-Addo warned against flouting of…

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Sierra Leone parliament votes to abolish death penalty

– – Lawmakers in Sierra Leone have voted to abolish the death penalty and now awaits an approval from the country’s president. Moving forward, offenders sentenced to death will rather have their punishment replaced with life imprisonment. This has been celebrated by human rights activists who have campaigned for the death penalty to be abolished. Should Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio approve the move by the parliament, the West African nation will become the 23rd African country to have abolished the death penalty. Just last year alone 39 death…

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Ghana’s anti-LGBT+ bill seeks 10-year jail term for activists

– – Ghana’s lawmakers are pushing for tougher laws to deal with LGBT+ persons and those who promote their activities with a new draft bill. The bill titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021″ is being sponsored by some individual lawmakers who are anit-LGBT+ activists. Details of the bill have now emerged with those behind the draft law seeking a jail term of up to ten years for culprits depending on the crime. According to details of the bill, anyone of the same sex…

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Ivorian political rivals Ouattara and Gbagbo to meet

– – The President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara is to hold a face to face meeting with his rival and predecessor Laurent Gbagbo on July 27, 2021. A presidential spokesperson who made the announcement on Wednesday said this will be the first for the two since Gbagbo’s return to Abidjan last month. Laurent Gbagbo had spent a decade in exile, facing years of legal procedures at the International Criminal Court for a brief civil war that took place in 2010. The ex-president and his right-hand man Charles Ble Goude…

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