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Customs driver jailed for selling official vehicle




The GRA driver was jailed for stealing and selling a Toyota LandCruiser

Wonder Ahiadzro, a driver of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division, who stole and sold a Toyota LandCruiser at the cost of GHC20,000, has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by the Kaneshie District Court.

The original price of the vehicle, property of GRA, Customs Division, is stated at GHC65.075.

Ahiadzro charged with stealing and forgery of documents, pleaded not guilty.

The Court presided over by Ms Ama Adomako Kwakye, however, found Ahiadzro guilty and sentenced him accordingly.

The convict sold the vehicle to one Pastor Solomon Fiabi of the lighthouse Chapel, who was charged with dishonestly receiving.

He was sentenced to a fine of GHC2, 400.

The Pastor pleaded guilty to the charge, saying Ahiadzro informed him that he bought the vehicle after it had been auctioned at his work place.

Prosecuting, Sergeant Apeweh Achana, said the complainant was the GRA and that Ahiadzro was a Custom Officer recruited as driver and stationed with Post Clearance Audit Unit.

Pastor Fiabi is a Minister of God and one of the pastors with Lighthouse Chapel also known as The Mega Church in Ghana.

Sergeant Achana said Ahiadzro used to be the driver in charge of Toyota land Cruiser (PRADO) with registration number GN 2904 Y.

Prosecution said during the first quarter of the year 2019, the convict allegedly fell sick and stopped coming to work.

He said in the month of August 2019, Ahiadzro came to GRA head office compound and drove the said Land Cruiser out.

The prosecution said the vehicle was not brought back to the GRA compound by the convict and that on September 17, 2019, Ahiadzro was invited to the office and questioned about the whereabouts of the vehicle and he denied knowing where the vehicle was.

Mr Achana said investigations revealed that Ahiadzro stole the vehicle from the GRA head Office and sold same to Pastor Fiabi at the cost of GHC20, 000 at Kasoa in the Central Region in August 2019. Sergeant Achana said Pastor Fiabi was traced to a Pastors Conference at Kasoa where he was asked to bring the vehicle to the Customs head office. Prosecution said Fiabi brought the vehicle and told investigators that Ahiadzro sold the vehicle to him and that he told him that the vehicle was auctioned to him from the office because it had an accident.

The prosecution said Ahiadzro said he told Fiabi that the payment of the vehicle was done in installment for three years.

He said Ahiadzro went ahead to forge documents of the vehicle such as the DVLA form C and the Customs declaration form.

According to the Prosecution, Ahiadzro also changed the vehicle registration number from GN 2904 Y to GE 8052 Z.

It said further checks at the DVLA office at 37 revealed that the documents prepared by Ahiadzro and given to Fiabi were forged.

Source: GNA


Man, 34, stabbed to death with kitchen Knife by family member




A 34-year-old man Kwame Frimpong has been stabbed to death at Akyem Oda -Nkwanta in Birim Central Municipality in the Eastern Region.

The deceased was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife in both left and right ribs by the suspect Nana Kwame, 36, who is a family member.

The body has been deposited at Oda Government Hospital mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command DSP Ebenezer Tetteh told Starr News, preliminary investigation by Police indicate that the deceased and the suspects were extended family members and natives of Oda Nkwanta.

The Suspect is a Carpenter while the deceased is a Farmer.

About a week ago, the suspect’s friend, who is a farmer in the community, needed a labourer to clear his farm. The suspect recommended the now deceased Kwame Frimpong to him.

The farmer was not impressed with the haphazard work done by Kwame Frimpong and expressed same to Nana Kwame.

On June 18, 2021, around 2:00 pm, the suspect met the deceased at a funeral ground in the Akyem Oda- Nkwanta and rebuked him for the poor work done.

This created misunderstanding between the two and as a result led to a fight in which they slapped each other.

A few hours later, around 6:30 pm, the suspect met the deceased by the roadside in the town and stabbed him twice with a kitchen knife under both the left and right ribs of the deceased.

Sensing danger, the suspect picked his motorbike and escaped from the town.

The victim was rushed to Oda Government Hospital for treatment but died shortly on arrival.

The body is being preserved at the hospital morgue, awaiting autopsy.

DSP Tetteh said efforts are underway to arrest the Suspect.

Source: Ghana/


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VIDEO: 61-year-old man jailed for insulting ‘Abusuapanin’





Kwaku Amofa was jailed for twelve months

A 61-year-old ‘drunk pastor’, Kwaku Amofa has been jailed for twelve months at the Kumasi Central Prison for insulting the head of his family.

Speaking to crimecheckghana, the pastor admitted insulting his family head, but claimed, he thought it was a trivial issue that would not have ended him in prison.

Mr. Amofa, who was charged by a Kumasi Circuit court for causing harm, acknowledged that he had taken alcohol at the time the incident occurred. He was however quick to add that, “he was sober, so he was not under the influence of the drink to cause any harm as the court charged and sentenced him.”

He said his family head had given him fake documents to a land he had bought from him. This, he stated, infuriated him to launch insults on him. “I had wanted to go out to pray, but the main gate of the house was locked. I did not understand that, so I only asked, ‘which foolish person locked the gate’ that’s all.

“That day, a party was held in the area, so I decided to go there to listen to music. It is true that I had taken some alcohol, but I wasn’t drunk”, he continued.

He said, as the incident unfolded, three men accosted him and sent him to the police station. He further claimed that, on their way, they said they “would raise false allegations against him, so he would land in prison.”

According to him, the worst thing was that he was not given the opportunity in court to explain his side of the story, but the judge gave his verdict.

“When one of them said they will raise false allegations against me, I was not disturbed because I thought it was going to be back-and forth-conversation. However, it did not happen the way I had expected it”, he said.

The self-acclaimed pastor could not hire a lawyer and was ignorant of the court process.

CCF’s intervention

Crime Check Foundation (CCF) with support from one of its donors, Mr. and Mrs. Koomson went to his aid and paid his fine for his release. Mr. Amofa thanked the couple for their intervention.

The Justice Support Activity

Mr. Amofa’s situation is a clear indication of breaches in Ghana’s justice delivery system. It is for many such poor individuals, that the USAID Justice Sector Support Activity (JSSA) is being implemented to improve justice delivery in the country. The JSSA is an intervention that seeks to reinforce efforts by the US Government to enhance Ghana’s justice delivery system by increasing Citizen Oversight and Monitoring of Criminal Cases, increasing citizen knowledge and access to Justice Sector services, and strengthening advocacy for accountability of key justice sector institutions for improved justice delivery in Ghana.


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Five illegal miners grabbed in Obuasi





The illegal miners were arrested at Buabenso

Five illegal miners have been arrested at Buabenso in the Adansi Akrofuom of the Ashanti Region.

The Obuasi police acted upon a tip-off that a group has defied the government order to halt illegal mining also known as Galamsey.

The police command swooped on these five illegal miners at Buabenso near Kubikonto, a community in the Akrofuom District, on Friday, June 18.

The suspects are Micheal Morkli, 32, Ofori Kpodo, 28, Emmanuel Vidogo,18, Eric Ahey, 40 and Bright.

The Obuasi Police Commander, DSP Martin Assenso, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspects were arraigned before the Fomena Magistrate Court and were remanded to police custody to re-appear on Wednesday, June 23.

He added that the fight against illegal mining has been tough due to the fact that some opinion leaders always come to plead for suspects to be released.

He warned the police would not countenance such acts.


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