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Ghana Armed Force Caught In Secret Army Recruitment

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The Herald’s spotlight on the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has intercepted a rather disturbing document, revealing a secret army recruitment exercise done on the blindside of the public, especially young men and women hoping to wear the military uniform and defend the country by land, sea and air.

There are suspicion in the GAF that the 1780 young boys and girls on their way to the various training centers are relatives of officials the Akufo-Addo government or family of members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

In the past, advertisements were placed in the dailies, especially the Daily Graphic and the Ghanaian Times newspapers for interested persons to purchase forms at designated Post Offices, submit their particulars, including birth certificates, as well as educational certificates and other qualifications to GAF for assessment.

After this, they are invited for a body selection exercise, then medical examination, followed by an aptitude test before they are dispatched to the training centers.

But The Herald’s information is that, the transparent recruitment procedure has currently been reduced to “whom you know and who knows you” thus denying other highly qualified citizens equal opportunities to help protect and defend the territorial integrity of Ghana.

Again the normal procedure has been to recruit personnel for the Ghana Air Force, Army and Navy, but sending 1780 recruit for Army alone and having them trained at military training centers meant for the Air Force and Navy, look bizarre to many insiders.

The confidential document dated October 14, 2020, revealed that beginning October 26, 2020, 720 of the potential soldiers will be sent to Army Recruit Training School (ARTS) at Shai Hill in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region to commence their military training.

200 of them are heading to the Jungle Warfare School (JWS) at Akyem Achiase in the Birim South District in of the Eastern Region, while some 300 other recruits are to make it to Air Force Recruit Training School (AFRTS) at Takoradi in the Western Region.

The Daboya Training Camp (DTC) in North Gonja district of the Savannah Region, will host 360 recruits, while Armour Training School (ATS) at Sunyani in the Bono Region, will see some 200 men and women being trained as soldiers.

The document signed by one Lieutenant Colonel CT Broni for the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), stated that “the overall Command and Control of the entire exercise is vested in the COAS Maj. Gen. T Oppong-Peprah (GH/2217). The DAdmin Col IA Salifu (GH/2810) is responsible for coordination and organization in liaison with HQ ATRAC.

The six-page document, issued from the Army Headquarters at Burma Camp in Accra and numbered “ARMY/6022/A (COORD)” with “restricted” written on it was captioned “Administrative instructions training of army potential recruits course 1-20”, the training started.

It stated that “Training of next batch of Army Potential Recruits is scheduled for Oct 20. The first batch One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty (1780) Potential Army Recruits is expected to commence at Five (5) trg [training] centres from 26 Oct 20”.

But ahead of the vigorous training exercise, a mandatory 14-day COVID-19 protocol examination are expected to be carried out on the potential recruits as well as their instructors, to ensure that only coronavirus free qualified young men and women are sent to the centres to prevent the outbreak of the global pandemic.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the potential, the potential recruits will be screened/tested are quarantined at their respective trg centres for 14 days (2 weeks) before they start trg. All instrs [instructors] will equally undergo mandatory screening/testing exercise before trg commences”.

The document further went on to say that “the aim of these instructions is to outline the assistance required and assigns responsibilities to facilities the smooth conduct of screening/testing and quarantine exercise of instrs [instructions] to ensure successful trg at respective trg centres”.

The training exercise according to the document will be handled in four phases with the first one being the “Collection of prospectus and grouping of all potential recruits on Mon 19 October and 20 at the Nicolson Stadium, Burma Camp at 0800 hrs”.

The second phase will cover Assy, screening, and movement of instructors and recruits from Nicholson Stadium to respective training centres after which the recruits will assy at the Nicholson Stadium in batches of not more than 200 persons at 0800 hours.

The screened potential recruits and instructors will subsequently be conveyed from the Nicholson Stadium to respective training centres for onward quarantine for 14 days. The schedule time for reporting for the respective training centres was also given.

On Monday 26 October 2020, there will also be testing of COVID-19 for the first batch of 200 potential recruits and instructors tested for COVID-19, will be conveyed to ARTS to be quarantined for 14 days.

In the same vein, on 27 September all the way to 10 November 2020, the second to sixth batches of potential recruits and their instructors, will be tested and conveyed to ARTS, AFRTS in Takoradi for quarantine and training.

The subsequent batches that will fall on November 23, December 8, December 21 and December 22, will be conveyed to Achiase, ATS in Sunyani, DTC at Daboya.

Meanwhile, some have a question what may happen to these recruits in the event that government changes after the December 2020 polls?In the past recruits have been denied the opportunity because power changed and the NPP government in 2017, put on hold, recruits who were enlisted during the previous John Mahama government.

Just last week, Kennedy Agyapong, mentioned that he has helped over 1,000 people from his constituents to get jobs in various state institutions, including the security agencies.

“…Fire Service, Immigration, Police, NaBCO, Ghana Gas, everywhere. What do you expect me to do, after being elected five consecutive times to Parliament by my constituents?” Kennedy Agyapong explained on Net 2 TV’s ‘The Seat’ show.

“Has it not been the employment I have secured for some of my constituents, they would have voted against me,” he explained. “It is not true, but when you actually check the employment, I have given my constituents over 1,300. I go about begging these institutions to get my constituents employed so if you won’t beg and I am begging, is that your problem?”

 

 

Source: Theheraldghana.com

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Armed robbers attack another bullion van on Accra-Winneba road

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All passengers in the bullion van escaped unscathed and no property was stolen

•Armed robbers have attacked another bullion van on Accra-Winneba road

•A quick response of the Winneba Police Command has prevented the robbers from have a successful operation

•All passengers in the bullion van escaped unscathed and no property was stolen

The police in the Central region saved the day as armed robbers attacked a bullion van with registration number GN 6956-17 on Accra-Winneba road on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

The van which was attacked at Okyereko on the Winneba-Accra road was targeted by some armed men whose identities are unknown.

The robbers fired shots at the front passenger seat where the police escort sat. These shots ended up shattering the window area.

According to reports, the police escort ordered the driver to speed off upon observing the unusual movement of the robbers, while he called for reinforcement.

The Winneba Patrol team dispatched to Mpata Junction, rushed to the scene and started a gun battle with the robbers, overpowering them in the process.

All passengers in the bullion van escaped unharmed and no property was stolen.

The van has been sent to Winneber Police Custody for investigation.

This development comes after armed robbers shot to death, a police officer and an eyewitness, during a robbery incident involving a bullion van at Adedenkpo, a suburb of James Town in Accra, Monday, June 14.

Below are some tweets on the attack;

 

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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State charges ‘killers’ of 11-year-old Ishmael Mensah with murder

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The duo has been charged for killing of an 11-year-old

The State has charged the two people involved in the killing of an 11-year-old boy at Lamptey Mills, a suburb of Kasoa in the Central Region, with murder.

Prosecutors made this known during the hearing of the case in court on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

The two persons are Nicholas Kini and Eric Nyarko.

Counsel for the accused persons, Samuel Attuah, is reported to have said: “The AG has advised that the two be charged for conspiracy to murder and the file forwarded to the AG’s office for further directives for the bill of indictment and sum of evidence, so we can start the trial as early as possible, which is good because everyone is interested in this case. So, we are very happy that the AG has advised in this direction.”

He said he is still pursuing the bail application for his clients.

“I am going to the High Court for the bail application for my clients hopefully by next week,” Samuel Attuah added.

The deceased Ishmael Mensah was killed in what many have described as a ritual killing. His death received widespread outrage among members of the public who raised concerns about the safety of children.

A family spokesperson for the late Ishmael Mensah, Samad Akalilu said, although they are happy with the directive from the AG’s office to charge the two with murder, they want a speedy trial.

“We want an expeditious trial. We are not happy when a day passes, and this case is not fast-tracked. But on the flip side, we are happy because we have been waiting for what they say is the AG’s advice, but on another hand, we are generally not happy because the case is still delaying.”

Meanwhile, the judge, Eric Oheneba Antwi-Boasiako, adjourned the case to July 15, 2021, for further hearing.

Source: dailymailgh.com

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Ritual Killing: AG orders police to charge Kasoa teenagers with conspiracy, murder

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The late Ishmael Mensah

The Attorney General (AG) has directed the Police to charge the two teenagers who allegedly killed 11-year-old Ishmael Mensah, at Kasoa, with conspiracy and murder.

Nicholas Kini and Eric Nyarko reportedly killed Mensah in April this year for ritual purposes at Lamptey Mills, near Kasoa.

Chief Inspector Ernest Agbo told Ofaakor District Court, “My Lord we have received the advice from the AG’s office directing the police to charge accused persons with the offences of conspiracy to commit crime to wit Murder and Murder.”

Chief Insp. Agbo said the Police had obtained the investigation charge statements from the teenagers and forwarded them to the AG for further directions.

“We are, therefore, waiting for bail of indictment and summary of evidence from AG’s office for same to be served on the accused persons for committal proceedings to commence,”he said.

Mr Samuel Attuah, defense counsel for the teenagers, said they were waiting for the AG so the trial could start as soon as possible.

Mr Attuah also stated that he had filed for bail for his client and the bail application was expected to be heard next week.

The matter has been adjourned to July 15.

The teenagers allegedly lured Mensah, their playmate, into an uncompleted building and smashed his head with a club and cement blocks, killing him instantly.

They, subsequently, buried him in the building. Police said the teenagers planned to recover the victim’s body later that night for money rituals.

The crime shocked the nation, sparking nationwide debate about parenting and charlatans who claim to make people rich.

Source: GNA

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