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Mahama faces 2-year jail term over false passport claim

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Mahama faces 2-year jail term over false passport claim. Former president John Mahama faces a maximum jail term of two years or a fine for allegedly guaranteeing for his brother to procure a Ghanaian passport with false information.

According to the special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, Mahama’s younger brother, Samuel Adam Mahama, procured a Ghanaian passport, which was guaranteed by Mahama, with a piece of false information in breach of the Passport and Travel Certificate Decree, 1967, NLCD 155.

Amidu said by his actions the former President abused his office.

The statement signed by the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu alleged that John Dramani Mahama together with his elder brother Alfred Abdulai Mahama, who described himself as a Civil Servant, were the first and second guarantors for Samuel Adam Mahama’s Ghanaian passport.

The statement claimed that in the application process for the passport, Samuel Adam Mahama indicated that he attended the University of Ghana from January 6, 1992, to November 4, 1994. This information, according to the SP, was false but Mahama overlooked that and guaranteed the application for him.

“The evidence also discloses that John Dramani Mahama described as Former President, of Plot Number 6 North Street Tesano, P. O. Box AN 104, Accra was the first guarantor with Alfred Abdulai Mahama falsely described as a Civil Servant also of Plot No. 6 North Street Tesano, P. O. Box AN 104, Accra as the second guarantor to the application of Samuel Adam Mahama described as PROJECT MANAGER also of Plot Number 6 North Street Tesano, P. O. Box AN 104, Accra for a Ghanaian passport,” Amidu wrote.

“Former President John Dramani Mahama and his elder brother Alfred Abdulai Mahama both knew that Samuel Adam Mahama had not attended the University of Ghana from 6th January 1992 to 4th November 1994 but nonetheless guaranteed the application verifying the statements contained in the application for the Ghanaian passport. These were all done in furtherance of corruption and corruption-related offences,” the SP’s statement added.

A lawyer, popularly known as Patriot Faisal Ibrahim shares his thoughts on the issue:

Patriot Faisal Ibrahim writes:

So what Government Official 1 (John Mahama) has done by guaranteeing for his younger brother, Intermediary 5, Samuel Adam Mahama, to procure a Ghanaian passport with false information is a breach of Section 15 of the Passport and Travel Certificate Decree, 1967, NLCD 155.

Section 15 (1) (b) states that “A person who makes a statement which is, to the knowledge of that person untrue for the purpose of procuring a passport or a travel certificate for that or any other person commits an offence.”

Punishment for this offence can lead to 2 years imprisonment, a fine or both.

It is interesting to note that the Passport Application Forms has at the top a bold CAUTION against making false statements. The caution reads:

“APPLICANTS, GUARANTORS AND WITNESSES ARE TO NOTE THAT THE MAKING OF A FALSE STATEMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROCURING A PASSPORT IS AN OFFENCE UNDER SECTION 15 OF THE PASSPORT AND TRAVEL CERTIFICATE DECREE (NLCD. 155, 1967)”

So the former President, by guaranteeing the forms for his brother, knowing that his brother did not attend the University of Ghana, has made himself liable for prosecution for the offence discussed above. Mahama faces 2-year jail term over false passport claim.

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NDC supporter dies after accidental gunshot

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A man believed to be a supporter of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has died after he was reportedly shot accidentally by a friend.

The incident as reported by CitiNews occurred on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at a rally organized by the NDC.

The unfortunate incident happened when the supporters were dismantling canopies and chairs used for the rally.

ASP Thomas Tulasi, the Police commander of Gushegu narrated that one of the supporters was toying with the gun when it accidentally fired.

He said that investigations are ongoing to unravel the full details of the incident.

“One person was holding a pistol, and he was fidgeting with it, and then he fired it and killed the brother. We are now investigating the matter to know the actual cause of the incident and the one who actually fired the gunshot. They belong to the same party and this happened after the rally when they were dismantling the canopy”, he said.

Supporters of the two leading parties clashed last week which left six persons in critical condition.

One person who was picked up in connection with the skirmishes in Karaga on Monday has been granted bail.

Neither of the two parties took the blame for the incident as they both blamed each other for the occurrence.

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Lawra NPP Chairman attacked, robbed of campaign pickup

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The NPP Chairman for the Lawra Constituency in the Upper West Region, Alhaji Mohammed Donkor is reported to have been attacked by some armed supporters of the party.

Sources say the men, fully armed, attacked the occupants of a campaign vehicle driven by the chairman’s personal driver and confiscated the pickup.

The incident is reported to have occurred on Sunday, November 22 at about 11:30 pm.

Confirming the said incident, Alhaji Mohammed Donkor noted that although persons in his vehicle were attacked, they all escaped unharmed.

“We returned from Brifor Chaa where we went for a campaign. So when we got to Lawra I asked the driver to go and drop some people who travelled from the village to support us in the campaign.

“So it was on his way that Karbo’s boys attacked him with catalyses and took my vehicle away,” he added.

The Lawra NPP Chairman disclosed that the incident has been reported to the Lawra Municipal Police Command for investigation.

Upper West Regional Organiser of the NPP, Mustapher Goveh revealed that party executives have been brought to speed on the alleged attack.

According to him, Alhaji Mohammed Donkor has been accused of using the party’s pickup to campaign against the Lawra MP and Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Anthony Abaefaa Karbo.

But some party supporters claim the regional executives of the party have already taken sides in the feud between the Lawra MP and the party chairman.

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Rawlings’s death not natural – Bishop Owusu Bempah

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Former President Jerry John Rawlings did not die a natural death, Bishop Isaac Owusu Bempeh, head pastor of the Glorious Word Power Ministries, has said.

According to him, Mr Rawlings was killed in the spiritual realm by some prominent politicians in Ghana.

He made the revelation on Net 2 television on Monday, November 23.

“Former President Rawlings’s death was not natural, his death was spiritual,” he said.

“I had a vision in which I saw three different human hearts popping champagne and jubilating while the lifeless body of Mr Rawlings was resting on the table. These hearts were just jubilating and smiling while they were looking at the lifeless body of Mr Rawlings.

“I am a spiritual person and so I understand these things and know who those hearts stand for. Somebody in Ghana is looking for political power and he will never get that power. I will always say it because I am not scared of anybody. Nobody can kill me and so I will always tell the truth.” he added.

Bishop Owusu Bempah added that “I will make more revelations after the elections on December 7.”

Mr Rawlings died on Thursday, November 12 at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital after suffering a short illness.

He was 73 years.

 

source: 3news.com

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