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Supreme Court Finally Affirms Judgement in Favour of Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III

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Supreme Court Finally Affirms Judgement in Favour of Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application seeking a review of its affirmation of Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III as the Paramount Chief of Akwamu Traditional Area.

In a 7:0 ruling Wednesday, July 6, 2022, the apex court presided over by Justice Bafffoe-Bonney, maintained an earlier ruling by a 5:0 decision that Odeneho Kwafo Akoto was validly nominated, elected and installed as the Paramount Chief of Akwamu in accordance with the custom and practices of the people of Akwamu.

This brings to finality, the more-than-a-decade-old dispute over the eligibility of the current Akwamu Chief who ascended the throne some 11 years ago.

Peace at last

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In an interaction with Angelonline.com.gh moments after the final judgement on the matter, the victor was hopeful that peace would finally reign in Akwamu.

“Finally, the way has been cleared for peace in Akwamu for total development in the area,” Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III expressed.

He added: “This victory is not for one group, it is for the whole Akwamu so everyone should not be shy, let’s all come together as one big family and develop Akwamuman”.

According to him, the final outcome also feeds into the theme for the upcoming Akwasidae Festival scheduled for this weekend, from Friday, July 8 through to Sunday, July 10, 2022, which is ‘Let’s unite and build Akwamuman’ Akwamu

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Background

The case involved Abusuapanyin Kojo Kyer Addaquay and Abrewatia Love Adwo Som as the petitioners, and Nana Afrakoma II, Nana Nyarkoa (Benkumhemaa), Nana Asomani (Amanguahene) and Kwabena Owiredu as the respondents.

The petitioners challenged the eligibility of Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, the Paramount Chief of Akwamu, stating that the chief was an outsider who was not from the royal family.

They also held that the process through which he ascended the throne 11 years ago, was not in conformity with the customs of Akwamuman.

According to the ruling, the evidence, facts, history, custom and all the exhibits presented before them affirmed that to ascend to the black stool of Akwamu, a candidate must of necessity come from either the house of Yaa Ansaa or Yaa Botwe.

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The court also said that there was no established system of rotation in Akwamu to ascend to the Paramount stool.

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Morocco Issues First Cannabis Production Permits

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Morocco Issues First Cannabis Production Permits

The Moroccan government has issued 10 permits for farmers to legally grow cannabis for industry and export for the first time.

Farmers in the northern regions of al-Hoceima, Chefchaouen and Taounate will be allowed to produce and sell cannabis for medical, pharmaceutical, and industrial use, in accordance with a law passed by parliament last year.

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The national agency regulating cannabis activity which issued the permits said farmers will be encouraged to increase legal cannabis production to meet the need of the market.

Morocco has long been one of the world’s largest producers of illegal cannabis.

It is grown in the poorest mountainous regions of the North African country and trafficked to Europe.

The government’s move to legalise cannabis production is meant to improve the conditions of the poor farmers and generate revenue for the economy.

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Nigerian Oil Export Terminal Had Theft Line In The Sea For 9 Years

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Nigerian Oil Export Terminal Had Theft Line In The Sea For 9 Years

Officials in Nigeria discovered an illegal connection line from one of its major oil export terminals into the sea that had been operating undetected for nine years, the head of state oil company NNPC LTD said.

The 4-kilometre (2.5-mile) connection from the Forcados export terminal, which typically exports around 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil, into the sea was found during a clamp-down on theft in the past six weeks, NNPC Chief Executive Mele Kyari told a parliamentary committee late on Tuesday.

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“Oil theft in the country has been going on for over 22 years but the dimension and rate it assumed in recent times is unprecedented,” Kyari said in an audio recording of the briefing reviewed by Reuters.

Thieves often tap land-based pipelines to siphon oil undetected while they continue to operate, but an illegal line in the ocean is highly unusual and suggests a more sophisticated theft operation.

Forcados operator SPDC, a local subsidiary of Shell (SHEL.L), did not immediately provide a comment.

Nigeria, typically Africa’s largest oil exporter, is losing potential revenue from some 600,000 bpd of oil, Kyari said, as some is stolen and as oil companies idle certain fields rather than feed pipelines tapped by thieves.

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Crude oil exports fell below 1 million bpd in August for the first time since at least 1990 as a result, starving Nigeria of crucial cash.

Loadings at the terminal have been stopped since a leak was found from a sub-sea hose at the terminal on July 17. Shell said this week that it expected loadings to resume in the second half of October.

In August, NNPC awarded contracts to companies including those owned by former militants to crack down on oil theft.

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Victims Of Human Trafficking Need Adequate Information On The Issue – Media Consultant

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Victims Of Human Trafficking Need Adequate Information On The Issue – Media Consultant

A Media Consultant, Charles Autheman, said many victims of human trafficking are not familiar with the processes they go through, and thus are vulnerable to being trafficked due to a lack of necessary information.

Mr Charles Autheman who is training 20 journalists from Ghana and Nigeria in advance training on human trafficking organised by Expertise France, noted that it is very important for survivors of human trafficking to have access to accurate information on the issues which might affect them and know how to deal with them.

Mr Charles Autheman noted that with enough and the necessary information, possible victims will be able to recognise some dangers associated with the issue and how best to deal with the risks associated with trafficking and thus report any bad or dangerous signals to the appropriate authorities

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He said, trafficking victims are often forced into cruel and dehumanizing working conditions and face difficulties to leave their exploitative situation or seek help.

“Though recognition of the importance and severity of human trafficking has grown in recent years, the identification and investigation of human trafficking cases remains a complex undertaking for local law enforcement” he said.

Mr Charles Autheman said effectively responding to human trafficking requires officers and other actors within society to notice and identify victims within vulnerable groups such as migrant workers, workers in the sex industry or individuals from disadvantaged communities.

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Sometimes officers may be reluctant to intervene in trafficking situations for sexual or labour exploitation due to a belief that victims were complicit with their own victimization.

Mr Charles Autheman however urged journalists from Ghana and Nigeria to intensify the awareness and education on the issue.

Journalists benefiting from the training hope to, at the end of the workshop, have more knowledge on human trafficking and be able to help raise the needed awareness on the issue.

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