Police commence investigations into death of Cossy Hill Hotel CEO

The Police have commenced investigations into the death of Mr Eric Johnson, the Chief Executive Officer of Cossy Hill Hotel at Jirapa in the Upper West Region.

The deceased was found dead on February 11, 2024, lying in a pool of blood in one of the rooms at the Hotel.

A news brief from the Police said the Regional Crime Scene Management Team had visited the scene of the incident.

It said one person had since been detained to assist the investigation.

The brief said Dr George Akuffo Dampare, Inspector-General of Police, had deployed a team of investigators and experts led by Deputy Commissioner of Police Faustina Agyeiwaa Kodua Andoh-Kwofie, Director-General, Criminal Investigation Department, to work with the Upper West Regional Police Command to ensure a thorough investigation into the incident.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Aid cuts causing ‘catastrophic health crisis’ in Afghanistan

Islamabad: The sharp reduction in foreign assistance to Afghanistan since the Taliban’s return to power in 2021, has severely harmed the country’s healthcare system, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Monday.

‘The loss of foreign development aid and Taliban rights violations, have caused a catastrophic health crisis in Afghanistan, that is disproportionately harming women and girls,’ said Fereshta Abbasi, Afghanistan researcher at the New York-based group.

‘The Taliban have severely obstructed women from providing or accessing health care, while the cost of treatment and medicine has put care out of reach for many Afghans,’ Abbasi said.

The organization called on governments to press the Taliban at the upcoming UN-organized meeting in Doha on Sunday, to remove restrictions on women’s education and employment, while supporting resources for the healthcare system and essential services such as banking, water management, and electricity.

The United Nations estimates that 23.7 million people – more than h
alf of Afghanistan’s population – will need humanitarian assistance in 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We didn’t discuss seeking spiritual assistance- Kasoa Teenager tells court

The 18-year-old in the Kasoa Teenagers’ murder case has denied that he and the 15-year-old accused person discussed how to seek spiritual assistance to make life comfortable.

The 18-year-old also denied that on April 4, 2021, when the 15-year-old spent the night at his place and discussed how difficult life was because money was hard to come by.

According to the 18-year-old accused person, it was not true that they discussed how to make life comfortable by consulting a spiritualist at Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region.

Answering questions under further cross-examination administered by Nana Adomah Osei, Assistant State Attorney at the High Court on Monday, the 18-year-old accused person said he had informed the first accused (15-year-old minor) that he was traveling to his hometown for the Easter festivities and that was the only information discussed.

The two teenagers have been charged with conspiracy and murder of 11-year-old Ishmael Mensah Abdallah at Kasoa on April 3, 2021.

‘We never discussed an
ything about seeking spiritual help,’ he told the Court presided over by Mrs Justice Lydia Osei- Marfo.

‘The truth I know about this case is what I’m telling the court,’he stressed and denied the Investigation Caution Statement dated April 4, 2021, he allegedly told the 15-year-old minor that if the Amasaman spiritualist could not help, then he would be sending him to his hometown in the Volta region.

The 18-year-old told the court that if the State Prosecutor had audio in relation to the conversation, he had with the 15-year-old minor, same be played in court.

‘ I’m saying that I did not have any discussions concerning the Amasaman spiritualist. That is why I’m also saying that for the truth to come out the audio should be played. The time this issue occurred I did not have any gadget or phone to record anything,

‘It is not true that we both planned to visit a fetish priest to seek spiritual powers and to acquire wealth,’ the 18-year-old accused person maintained.

The accused person denied that he knew
that the 15-year-old minor was a close friend to the deceased.

‘ I don’t know that the deceased (Ishmael) was a close friend to the first accused person – the 15-year-old boy-, but I know the deceased lived in the same area with him.

Prosecution: ‘I put it to you that, you actually planned and that was not the first time you had planned to kill someone and successfully did so.

Second accused person: ‘I know nothing about what you are saying. You are also saying this is not the first time we planned to kill, if you have any evidence to show this to the court then show it because I know nothing about that.’

The matter has been adjourned to February 14. 2024

Source: Ghana News Agency

Berekuso: Ultra-Modern Private Burial Grounds Graceland Gardens Inaugurated

Accra: On Saturday 10th February 2024, a newly constructed, most decently-rated ultra-modern, state-of-the-art facility meant to purposely serve as a private burial grounds, Graceland Memorial Gardens was officially inaugurated in Berekuso on the Kwabenya Kitase road near Ashesi University in the Eastern region.

Graceland Memorial Gardens has now officially opened to the general public.

The event was specially graced by the Former Chief Justice Her Ladyship Justice Georgina Theodora Wood (Retired).

The Inauguration of the facility was also officially performed and handed over to the Glory of God by Bishop Eddy Addy of the Makarios Church Cathedral located at East Legon Hills.

The facility, according to the owners, has come to serve as an alternative to the increasing rate of congestion at our public cemeteries.

Graceland Memorial Gardens offers a sense of exclusivity and security, providing a dedicated space for family members without the concerns of overcrowding or vandalism whatsoever.

At Graceland Me
morial Gardens, families can ensure proper maintenance and preservation of the burial grounds, ensuring that the resting places of their loved ones are well-tended and respected.

The facility also comes with a very convenient coffee shop and eatery where they host not only funeral guests but guests from all places both far and near.

The owners are the same group behind the operation of the Gethsemane Gardens located at East Legon in Accra.

Graceland Memorial Gardens has come to offer a more intimate and serene environment for mourning and remembrance, away from the hustle and bustle at public cemeteries.

The managers have created a clannish environment for families who come to seek the final resting place for family members, fostering a sense of continuity and legacy within the family.

The facility will also offer families more control over the burial process and can customize the cemetery according to their cultural, religious, or personal preferences.

During a brief media interaction after the inaugu
ration, the Managing Director of Graceland Memorial Gardens Mrs. Christiana Evelyn Lutterodt revealed that the main inspiration behind Graceland was the increasing congestion at Awudome Cemetry, Osu Cemetery and the Gethsemane Gardens.

‘Graceland Memorial Gardens is poised to honour the deceased, preserve family legacies, and provide solace and comfort to grieving families. In the serene grounds that surround us, we find solace and reflection.

We also have extra facilities like the Coffee Shop and eatery that are ready to host funeral guests and non-funeral guests

I believe strongly that this consecrated ground would be a source of peace and tranquillity for all who visit, a place where love transcends earthly boundaries, and where memories are eternally cherished.

As we navigate the complexities of loss and grief, let us also recognize the beauty in remembrance. Graceland Memorial Gardens would serve as a sanctuary where we can commune with the past, find solace in the present, and draw inspiration for t
he future.

This memorial garden is not only a final resting place for our loved ones but also a testament to the enduring bond we share with those who have departed from us.

….We desire to honour the lives that have touched ours, the stories that have shaped us, and the legacies that endure beyond the confines of time. Each plot represents a narrative, a journey, a cherished memory, and it is within these hallowed grounds that we come to pay our respects and find comfort.

….Let us, therefore, dedicate ourselves to preserving the sanctity of this sacred space, honouring the memory of those who rest here, and fostering a legacy of compassion, empathy, and reverence for generations to come.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kelvin Kiptum: Kenyan marathon world record holder dies in road accident

The men’s marathon world record holder, Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum, 24, has died in a road accident in his home country.

He was killed alongside his coach, Rwanda’s Gervais Hakizimana, in a car on a road in western Kenya on Sunday.

Kiptum made a breakthrough in 2023 as a rival to compatriot Eliud Kipchoge – one of the greatest marathon runners.

Kiptum bettered Kipchoge’s record, clocking the 26.2 miles (42km) in two hours and 35 seconds in Chicago last October.

The two athletes had been named in Kenya’s provisional marathon team for the Paris Olympics later this year.

Kipchoge said on X that the man who broke his record was a rising star who had ‘a whole life’ ahead of him to achieve ‘incredible greatness’, offering condolences to his family.

Also paying tribute, Kenya’s President William Ruto described Kiptum as an extraordinary sportsman who had left a mark on the world.

The road accident happened at about 23:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Sunday.

Giving details of the crash, police said Kiptum was driving
and had ‘lost control [of the vehicle] and veered off-road entering into a ditch on his left side’.

‘He drove in the ditch for about 60 metres before hitting a big tree,’ a police statement said.

Kiptum and Hakizimana died at the site of a collision. A third person – a young woman – was seriously injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Success does not depend on one’s location – Siaw Agyepong

Bolgatanga: Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC), says success is not dependent on one’s location but determined by the will of God.

He, therefore, urged Christians not to relent in their faith in God while dispelling the belief that it was only in the urban centres, especially in Accra, that the youth could succeed.

Dr Agyepong said this when he visited the Desert Pastures, a branch of the Fountain Gate Chapel in Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional capital.

‘Today, I have come here to just testify to you that the blessing of the Lord can locate you wherever you are. And my second point is that I have come here to learn something from Reverend Eastwood.’

He said the Upper East Region was the first to accept Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of the JGC.

‘This is the region that blessed Zoomlion, it is the region that accepted Zoomlion. So, from here, we moved to Kumasi, and then the Otumfuo blessed it. Accra was the last place that accepted it,’
he recalled.

He said some regions in the country did not accept the initiative to use tricycles to convey waste in its major cities and towns, but the Upper East Region accepted the initiative, and Zoomlion Ghana Limited started in that region.

‘May the same Lord who revealed Zoomlion to me and enabled me to get to this level, establish and anoint you,’ Dr Agyepong told the congregation.

‘You will never lack, may the Holy Spirit grant you ideas, give you revelations and innovations. When the Holy Spirit establishes something, it works.’

The Executive Chairman said the Company stood the test of time over the years, continued to thrive, and attributed its achievements and successes to God.

Reverend Eastwood Anaba, the President of the Eastwood Anaba Ministries (EAM) and the Founder of the Fountain Gate Chapel, thanked Dr Agyepong for his visit to the Church and contributions to waste management in the region and country.

The renowned preacher prayed for God’s blessings and protection for the E
xecutive Chairman, his companies and staff.

He said Fountain Gate Chapel was the gatekeeper in the northern part of the country and called on his congregation not to relent in prayers.

‘There is a lot happening in the Upper East Region. Our region is shaking, and one of the things that is preventing it from erupting is your prayers. So don’t take the prayers for granted,’ he urged the congregation.

Source: Ghana News Agency