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Former president John Rawlings has indicated that President Akufo Addo’s apt description of departed coach Sam Arday is a befitting tribute to represent the three ex president-Rawlings, John Kuffour and John Mahama. He told the bereaved family at his Ridge residence yesterday that there is no better way to describe the 1995 juvenile World Cup winning coach than how Nana Addo captured it. “The president has spoken for us, he (Nana) knows well about people. Arday had a lifestyle which would have made him lived longer; he was such a disciplined man. He was such a special person, very affectionate and likeable.” “We must take a cue from his qualities and learn from him. I think it is better for tributes to be read while one is alive,” said Rawlings when the Ardays called on him yesterday. Nana tweeted after the coach’s death that “…saddened by the news of the death of Sam Arday. Undoubtedly, one of the most brilliant coaches Ghana has produced.” The former Ghana leader advised the bereaved family to formally seek the president’s attention to give the deceased a befitting national burial. Earlier, the family, in the company of Chief Larry Opare-Otoo, called on former president Kuffuor to formally and customarily announce and invite him for the funeral scheduled for April 7 at the forecourt of the State House in Accra. The two ex-statesmen sympathized with the bereaved family and promised to grace the ceremony if they are in town at the said date. Coach Arday, until his death few weeks ago, was in charge of the West African Football Academy (WAFA) and has coached clubs as Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko, Okwawu United, the Black Stars etc. He left behind two children- a boy and a girl. Burial takes place at the Osu cemetery.

There has been roughly a month of introspection after the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) defeat in the 2016 general elections, and the Member of Parliament for the Wa Central constituency, Rashid Pelpuo, believes Ghanaians may have taken John Mahama for granted.

“Ghanaians will regret, possibly, for throwing away a pearl like John Mahama”, the legislator said in an interview with Citi News’ Richard Dela Sky minutes after the expiration of the sixth Parliament of Ghana’s fourth Republic in the early hours of January 7.

What followed was the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, taking the oath of office as President, after the seventh parliament had been sworn in.

Nana Akufo-Addo rode on the back of 53.85 percent of the valid votes cast to become Ghana’s fifth President of the fourth Republic.

A taxi cab ran into a group of children killing one instantly and injuring 16 others at Nkawie in the Atwima Nwabiagya district of the Ashanti Region.

The incident happened at about 8pm Saturday night when the children had gathered by the streets to watch celebrations following the inauguration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as president.

According to police, the "inexperienced" driver had gone for his brother’s taxi cab, to join the jubilations.

But he lost control of the car and ran into the children.

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Robber sentenced to years in prison

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The Yendi Circuit Court has sentenced Apam Ibrahim, 35, to six years in prison with hard labour for stealing 80 wax print cloths valued at Ghs8000.00.

Lagam Eric Badabo alias Okada, the second accused, who pleaded not guilty was granted bail of GHs500.00 and would reappear before the court on 13th January 2017.

The two were accused of stealing the wax print cloths belonging to Madam Martha Notob a trader in Tatale in the Tatale Sanguli District of the Northern Region.

The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) has assured it has put in place measures to ensure the free flow of vehicular traffic ahead of the festive season.

There have been complaints of gridlocks in parts of the Accra metropolis with some attributing it to the absence of Police personnel on the roads, the indiscipline of drivers and other road users.

But speaking on Citi Breakfast Show on Monday, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the MTTD, Inspector Simon Tenku indicated that the MTTD, as part of its strategy to manage the traffic situation in the capital, has deployed personnel who patrol on motorbikes and on foot to ensure order and free flow of traffic.

President John Mahama, member of the West African sub-regional body ECOWAS, delivered a farewell speech during the closing of its 50th ordinary session in Abuja on 17th December, 2016.

President Mahama in his speech thanked his colleague Presidents for the support and corporation during his tenure as president and also for sending an observer mission to monitor the peaceful election that took place on December 7th 2016.

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Man sues IGP, AG for GHc1 million

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Awudu Ali, an unemployed man, resident at Fiapre, in the Sunyani West District has sued the Inspector General of Police, the Attorney General and two others for wrongful detention.
He is seeking an order from a Sunyani High Court to compel the defendants to compensate him in the sum of GH¢1 million for violation of his fundamental human rights, as enshrined in the 1992 constitution.



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