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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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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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I tried kiling myself after 5 men gang-raped me – 14-year-old girl

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A 14-year old girl, who was found in an unconscious state in the Trado Stream, weekend, has narrated how she was defiled by five men at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region.

The teenager, who admitted to have been contemplating suicide for some time now, said she dropped out of school at Class Four after her ordeal.

According to her, she is being haunted by the dastardly incident which has left her with life-threatening complications.

The traumatized girl made this known while speaking with Nhyira FM, after operatives attached to the Nkawkaw police arrested a third suspect, Awudu Kamiru, an 18-year-old head porter, who also allegedly defiled her.

According to the victim, she was strangled by her attackers in an attempt to murder her after having sexual intercourse with her in turns, but a Good Samaritan who found her in an unconscious state in the Trado Stream saved her life.

She said the assault has since left her with walking difficulties whilst she bleeds profusely from her private parts.

“Apart from the trauma, some residents in my neighbourhood have been making fun of me. I have been contemplating suicide as an option.”

Meanwhile, Nkawkaw Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Sarfo Peprah, told newsmen that thus far, the police have arrested three suspects in connection with the act.

He said, “A 25-year-old Cobbler and ex-convict, Yaw Preko and Mohammed Adamu were the first two to be arrested and arraigned before an Nkawkaw Magistrates Court.

“The two have since pleaded for leniency after admitting to the offence of defilement, conspiracy to commit crime and attempted murder.

“They are expected back in court on April 7, 2017. They revealed that their plan was to conceal their illegal act and avoid a possible arrest.

“A third suspect, Awudu Kamiru, was arrested over the weekend after Adamu led police to his hideout.

“Kamiru has been identified by the victim as the one who kicked her down before leading to her attack.

“Efforts are underway to arrest two more suspects who are at large. Two other persons said to have taken part in the gang rape have been identified only as Junior and Sarfo.”

Chief Superintendent Peprah also noted that the absence of probation officers and shelter to accommodate and counsel victims of sexual abuse and other crimes committed against children makes the healing process for victims very difficult.

He said, “They still remain where they live because we have no other alternative [shelter], and just imagine the stigma and the trauma they’ve gone through.

“That is not the best. Non-governmental organizations need to help provide shelter for sexually abused children,” the police boss urged.


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