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Obinim Rushed To The Hospital Following Release From Police Custody

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Self-styled televangelist and founder of the International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim, has finally left Police custody three days after he was granted bail by the District Court, his lawyer Ralph Poku-Adusei has confirmed.

Two of his family members, Madam Elsie Asiedu and Madam Jennifer Yawa Quartey, yesterday told journalists that they have been at the Police Headquarters since 7am and they have provided all necessary documents required to execute the bail of Bishop Obinim, however, the Police Service led by the Director-General of the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service and the Commander in Charge of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), are doing everything in their power to frustrate the process to execute the bail of Bishop Obinim.

The Sureties challenged claims by the Police Service that Bishop Obinim is still in custody because he has not been able to meet the bail conditions prescribed by the Magistrate who presided over the matter. They are demanded that the Police Service respects the orders of the District Court as far as the bail of Bishop Obinim is concerned.

A District Court in Accra granted Bishop Daniel Obinim bail in the sum of one hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GHc 100,000.00) with three Sureties, one to be justified.

The Police have charged Bishop Obinim with publication of false news and forgery of a document contrary to section 208 and 159 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act (Act 29).

Bishop Obinim according to his lawyer has been rushed to his private doctors after leaving the Police Hospital where he was receiving medical care while he was in Police custody.

Meanwhile, we cannot confirm if Hon Kennedy Agyapong is the one who ensured his released by offering his house as a surety or not.

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VoterA registration: EC begins nationwide pilot exercise

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In its bid to compile a new register of voter for this year’s general elections, the Electoral Commission (EC) has begun a pilot registration exercise in selected constituencies across the country.

The pilot exercise, which started on Tuesday, 2 June 2020, is aimed at preparing for the 40-day registration exercise later this month.

Speaking to Class News at a pilot centre in Sarpeiman, the Accra Regional Director of the EC, Mr Kwame Amoah said the pilot exercise was to test the equipment and the readiness of trained personnel ahead of the main exercise.

He added: “We want to demonstrate how everything will pan out during the registration period. We have invited the political parties, the staff and people in the community to come and participate and observe so they will go through the various processes.”

On the issue of safety, Mr Amoah noted that the electoral body had put in place the necessary measures to safeguard the lives of the staff and participants in the registration exercise.

Outlining measures taken by the EC to ensure that the safety protocols are observed, he said: “We want to ensure that we observe it because health is important. The Electoral Commission is a law-abiding institution, so, we will ensure that people observe it. If we don’t observe it, it will be difficult for us to serve you”.

“We expect members of the public to cooperate so that together, we can have a successful exercise,” he concluded.

Source: Classsfmonline.com

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Make all final year day-students in SHS boarders – Napo directs

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The Ministry of Education has asked all boarding schools to make provisions for all final year day-students to be in a boarding house as one of the enhanced safety measures taken to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 as the government eases restrictions on social gathering.

Following the president’s Sunday announcement to gradually ease restrictions on social gatherings, the various stakeholders including the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Education have given specific directives to this effect.

Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, addressing the press Tuesday indicated schools will be reopened under some strict measures, mentioning the need for all day-students in Senior High School (SHS) to be made boarding students as one of the measures.

While reiterating that SHSs will reopen on Monday, June 22 for only final year students and SHS 2 Gold track students, he instructed that day students be housed in their schools.

“All day students in boarding school will be accepted as boarders”, he said.

“That means all schools that are operating as boarding schools as well, those day students would have been accepted as boarders,” he explained.

And for typical day schools, he noted that “there will be enhanced protocols to take care of the children.”

Other measures put in place for the reopening of the SHS include the following:

Re-opening on Monday, June 22, 2020

Final Year Students (SHS 3) and SHS 2 Gold Track Only

Six Weeks of Academic work then five weeks for WASSCE

All classes to be split – No more than 25 students in a class

Day schools will have enhanced daily health protocols

Dining will be in batches in boarding schools

NO visitors Allowed

Schools are unavailable for religious activities

No Sports and sporting events.

Source: 3 News

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ICGC branches nation-wide remains closed despite lifting of ban on church activities

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International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), headed by Pastor Mensa Otabil will remain closed nation-wide despite the lifting of ban on church activities.

In his 10th address to the nation on Sunday, President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that churches and mosques can admit up 100 people during service. Church services, in particular, are not to extend beyond one hour.

However, ICGC has instructed all its members nationwide to remain at home until further notice.

Destiny Empowerment Chapel International and Spirit Life Revival Ministries have done a similar thing.

Read the full statement below

HEAD OFFICE OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION DIRECTIVES ON REOPENING ICGC ASSEMBLIES

Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus Christ in Our Year of Excellence.

The Presbytery of the Church has considered the directives issued by the Government of Ghana for the commencement of church services on the 7th of June 2020.

In line with this, the Presbytery hereby directs Pastors and ICGC local assemblies as follows:

1.0 Non-Opening of ICGC Churches
No ICGC local assembly shall be opened to run in-person church services until so advised by the Presbytery.

2.0 Sunday Services

All ICGC local assemblies will continue to fellowship together on air and on-line as we join the General Overseer on Sundays for services, as we do now.

3.0 Mid-week Services

Local Pastors will continue to minister to their congregations through on-line, on air, and social media channels during the week (Mondays – Saturdays).

4.0 Other church services

The Presbytery will soon issue directives on the conduct of weddings and funerals in our local assemblies.

Guidelines for Reopening of Churches

a. The Church will use the month of June to assess, monitor and evaluate all protocols in simulation exercises with selected local assemblies in various districts. This will enable us to determine the appropriateness and effectiveness of the protocols throughout our churches nation-wide various districts. This will enable us to determine the appropriateness and effectiveness of the protocols throughout our churches nationwide.

b. The Presbytery will issue clear instructions on the next steps to be followed by the Church depending on the outcomes of (a) above.

C. At the appropriate time, the Presbytery will issue instructions on the phased re-opening of local assemblies which will be informed by the following key factors:

i. The trend of the virus infections country-wide

ii. The reports on the spread of the virus in the districts where ICGC local assemblies are located

iii. The preparedness of the local assemblies in various districts to run church services.

6.0 Compliance All pastors and local assemblies shall fully comply with these and other subsequent directives issued by Presbytery.

7.0 Conclusion We are mindful of the need for our congregations to gather and worship freely and openly. However, the current situation demands that we also consider the health and safety of all congregants.

We pray that God will grant us the wisdom to offer the right guidance to the Church in these uncertain times.

I entreat you all to keep praying fervently for the Church, Ghana, and the nations. I am convinced we will come out of this better and stronger.

Rev. Morris Appiah
General Secretary

 

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