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Ghanaians sold as slave$ in Libya! 3 victims narrate their story

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[dropcap]G[/dropcap]hana’s Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway has revealed that at least three Ghanaian migrants have reported being among those who were auctioned as slave$ in Libya.

 

The claimants whose identities have not yet been established, are said to have told Ghanaian officials that they were captured after they ran out of funds to continue their journey across the Maghreb region into Europe.

The video footage of migrants sold in apparent slave auction in Libya provoked worldwide outrage, with UN Secretary-General António Guterres urging the international community to unite in fighting this scourge.

In the grainy mobile footage, unidentified men are offered up as a group of “big strong boys for farm work” for as little as £300, international broadcaster, CNN reported.

Some 168 Ghanaians were early on reportedly caught up in the situation but authorities have confirmed that these Ghanaians are being kept in formal detention centers in Libya due to non-possession of proper travel documents and are awaiting deportation.

In a statement Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said the detainees were arrested on “illegal immigration charges and were already being held in detention camps.”

However, speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM a day after the statement was issued, the Foreign Minister indicated that the three persons who reported being victims to the act, are part of the 168 identified at the detention camp.

The Ghanaian authorities, with assistance from the UN-backed government in Libya, are investigating the issue to identify all Ghanaians and arrange for their repatriation, the Minister said.

Lack of access

They are, however, challenged mainly with the inaccessibility of other cities as the political situation in the country has led to the formation of three different governments and gaining entry into cities under the control of rebel governments is virtually impossible.

“It is even difficult for you to be given entry into other cities under the control of other governments,” Ayorkor Botchway told Kojo Yankson, host of the Super Morning Show, from Abdjan, Cote d’Ivoire where the AU – EU summit is taking place.

The Minister expressed surprise that families of migrants are not reporting to the authorities back home about their inability to establish contact with their relatives which could serve as the lead to initiate investigations.

“You don’t even know how many Ghanaians have been subjected to these cruel acts of human trafficking…because people have not reported,” she stated.

According to her, the Ghana government is working at re-opening its consulate in Libya by February 2018 after it was shut down due to fears of insecurity, following the political turbulence in the country.

“Once it is approved by cabinet we will go through the process…I’m sure by the next two months it should be opened because we have properties there.”

African Leaders meet

The matter is said to be key on the agenda at the ongoing fifth African Union – European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The summit, which took off Wednesday, November 29 and expected to end on Thursday, the 30th, is themed: “Investing in youth for a sustainable future”.

Other priorities of the EU-Africa partnership to be discussed include governance and democracy, human rights, migration and mobility, peace and security, investment and trade, skills development as well as job creation.

At the summit, African and EU leaders will discuss the future of EU-Africa relations and focus on investing in the youth. This is a key priority for Africa and the EU as 60 percent of the African population is under the age of 25.

The AU-EU summit will be a key moment and opportunity to strengthen political and economic ties between the two continents.

2017 is a defining year for EU-Africa relations, as it has been ten years since the adoption of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.

 

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Black Stars players silently arrived in Ghana at 3:00am after shameful AFCON defeat

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Black Stars players silently arrived in Ghana at 3:00am after shameful AFCON defeat

Black Stars players silently arrived in Ghana at 3:00am: The day of shame that Ghanaians can never forgive its national team is when the team conceded 3-2 goals defeat to Comoros in the 3rd round of play at the group stages of the AFCON 2022.

Most Ghanaians are very disappointed in the national team after they performed abysmally in the tournament that got them out of the game.

Ghana was in Group C with Morocco, Gabon, and Comoros and couldn’t win any of their three matches. This placed Black Stars at the bottom of the group with a single point.

Black Stars since 2006 has never been eliminated from AFCON at the group stages, therefore this leaves behind a humiliating defeat history.

Some sports lovers on social media have some updates regarding the secret arrival of the Black Stars team players in Ghana at the blind side of Ghanaians.

TV3 Sports journalist, by the name Thierry Nyann tweeted that; “Correct source says Black Stars arrived in Ghana at 3AM this morning. 3AM !!!!!!!! If they won the trophy, they’d have arrived in the afternoon to get fans. They’ve gone to their homes silently.”

Meanwhile, the Youth and Sports Ministry has summoned the leadership of the GFA to an emergency meeting following the poor performance at the AFCON 2022 in Cameroon.

A statement signed by the Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif said the performance of the team was hugely disappointing and Ghanaians want an urgent response.

It further stated that an emergency meeting has been scheduled for Friday, with the leadership of the Ghana Footbal Association (GFA) summoned to discuss how to get the team back on track.

“The entire country is extremely disappointed by the abysmal performance and early exit of the Black Stars from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports shares in the nation’s sentiment,” a section of the statement said.

“With the government providing the team all the needed logistical and financial support including resources for preparation and participation in the qualifier stage to the tournament and eventually a pre-tournament camping in Qatar, the ministry is particularly disappointed in the team’s performance.

“The Ministry has summoned the Ghana Football Association (GFA) leadership to an emergency meeting scheduled for Friday, 21st January, 2021,” it added.

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NDC’s Ato Forson charged for causing financial loss to the state; granted GHC3 million bail

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NDC’s Ato Forson charged for causing financial loss to the state; granted GHC3 million bail

The trial of Dr. Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, the former deputy finance minister and the current member of parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam Constituency in the Central Region has begun in Accra High Court.

During the initial sitting, honorable Ato Forson pleaded not guilty to charges including “willfully causing financial loss to the Republic” and the presiding judge granted him GHC3 million self-recognizance bail.

The Ranking Member on the Finance Committee of Parliament is in court with two other people, Sylvester Anemana, a former Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, and Richard Jakpa, a businessman. They also pleaded not guilty to their respective charges.

In court on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, the Attorney General (AG) Godfred Yeboah Dame who was in court together with his two deputies – Alfred Tuah-Yeboah and Diana Asonaba Dapaah and two State Attorneys did not oppose the grant of bail.

Except to urge the court to admit Hon. Ato Forson to a self recognizance bail as he is a public officer while the two others who are businessmen admitted bailing sums that will compel them to stand trial.

The trial was adjourned to February 15, 2022.

They have been charged five counts in total. These include:

  1. wilfully causing financial loss to the Republic of Ghana, contrary to Section 179A (3) (a) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29),
  2. 2. abetment of crime, namely wilfully causing financial loss to the state, contrary to Sections 20 )1) and 179 A (3) (a) of the same Criminal Offences Act 1960,
  3. contravention of the Public Procumbent Act 2003 (Act 663), contrary to Section 92 (2)(b) of the said act, and
  • intentionally misapplying public property, contrary to Section 1 (2) of the Public Property Protection Act 1977 (SMCD 140).

 

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Milovan is the best coach we have now; we can’t just sack him – Kurt Okraku preaches calm

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Milovan is the best coach we have now; we can’t just sack him – Kurt Okraku preaches calm

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss Mr. Kurt Okraku has said the immediate calls from Ghanaians for the dismissal of coach Milovan Rajevac is premature as Milovan is the best coach the country has for now.

Speaking on Asempa FM for the first time after the humiliating defeat of the national team in the ongoing AFCON tournament, Mr. Kurt cleared that the FA in due course will take the necessary decision for the country in this regard.

“It is important we have cool heads, engage and take the right decisions for Ghana”, he said.

The FA boss also emphasized that the selection of the players for the tournament was the sole responsibility of the coach and that the FA in no way has an influence on the coach’s decision.

“Milovan is the ultimate selector of players for the national team. When he names his squad, he sends it to a committee and justifies his call-ups to them. Nobody selects players for the coach,” the GFA boss emphasized.

“Any Ghana coach that allows people to select players for him doesn’t deserve to coach the Black Stars.”

“Milovan and his assistants selected the players and gave us the best players available at this time. He selected players who are very dedicated and ready to serve our dear nation.”

Mr. Okraku further stressed that he understands the frustration Ghanaians are going through after the unfortunate exit of the national team Black Stars from the AFCON tournament.

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