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Stripping of Suspected Thief: Police say instant justice is a crime

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The Ghana Police Service has reacted to the stripping and stoning of a suspected lady who was alleged to have stolen at the Kejetia Market in Kumasi, warning that instant justice is a crime on its own.

The video of the stripping and stoning by a mob has gone viral on the social media.

The Police Service, in a statement issued by its Director of Public Affairs, Cephas Arthur, said it was worried at the resurgence of instant justice where persons suspected to have committed criminal offences are attacked by mob and in some instances lynch them.

“Perpetrators of this unlawful and unfortunate practice are advised to desist from it and report all suspected criminals to the Police for the necessary action,” it said.

Warning that the act is a crime, the statement adds that persons who engage in metting out instant justice on suspected criminals are liable for prosecution.

The statement explained that no one is guilty of any offence until proven otherwise by a court and that instant justice “has no place in a democratic dispensation where rule of law operates as it violates the rights of persons who fall victims to it”.

The Police Service also disclosed that it has started using technology, including cameras, to arrest and prosecute persons who take the law into their own hands and exact instant justice.


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Police arrest 2 MMM operators

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The Ghana Police Service has arrested two persons alleged to be luring Ghanaians to subscribe to the Ponzi scheme, MMM.

The arrests, made by the Tema Community One police over the weekend, was a result of the directive from the Bank of Ghana warning the public against patronizing the scheme that has been discredited in several countries, including Nigeria.

Though the police is yet to give any official update on the arrest, a victim of the scheme, who spoke Citi Business News, said he decided to alert the police largely due to the public information on the illegality of MMM’s operations in Ghana.

“The gentlemen who approached my friend and I were not convincing in their product offering so I became suspicious and asked my friend whom I was with to ignore them. It was also because I had heard of the business in the news cautioning the public to be weary of the scheme,” he explained.


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‘Robber’ policeman jailed for 15-yrs freed

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A policemen who was jailed for 15 years for armed robbery has been discharged and acquitted by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court panel of five justices, led by Justice Jones Dotse, freed the policeman, Tetteh Samadzi.

The apex court however deferred the reason for its ruling.

It would be recalled that Constable Tetteh Samadzi was arrested alongside one Foster on March 6, 2009, for a robbery incident at Pokuase in the Greater Accra Region.

He was was eventually found guilty of the offence by a High court which sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

His lawyers went on appeal but did not succeed, prompting them to approach the Supreme Court.


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Afisa Djaba under fire over rape and dressing comment

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Ghanaians, particularly social media users, have reacted to comments by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, over ‘women and rape.’

This is not the first time the minister has provoked the ire of the public.

In her recent outburst, the Minister, during her opening address as the Co-Chairperson at the 90th anniversary and Speech and prize giving day for Krobo Girls Presbyterian Senior School at the weekend, urged girls not to attract rape by wearing provocative clothing.

Madam Djaba intimated that girls’ wearing short dresses could attract a rapist.

She said, “In conclusion, I want to say to you, be bold, be confident, be respectful. If you wear a short dress, it’s fashionable but, know that it can attract somebody who would want to rape or defile you.

“You must be responsible for the choices you make.”

The Minister also had some words for teachers who sexually assaulted girls.

According to her, “It is an abuse of their rights and you are their role model, you must not be the one to abuse the rights of the young girls.”

But some Ghanaians did not take her correlation between rape and girls’ dressing lightly.

Many of them have taken to social media to express their displeasure, with a number of them questioning her logic and others accusing her of victim blaming and shaming.

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