A pastor and two church workers have been sent to the Ho Central Prison to serve a four-year jail term each for flouting the ban on social gathering.
Apostle Sampson Agakpe who is the founder of the Church of Pure Christ in the Volta Region, was arrested on April 12 together with his assistant pastor, Maxwell Dzogoedzikpe and church secretary, Samuel Agakpe.
The pastor was said to have held church service at Tongor-Abui in the South Dayi district last Sunday for more than 50 people in clear breach of the ban on religious gathering contrary to Regulation 1 sub-section 1 of EI 65 and section 6 of Act 1012.
Members of the church however managed to escape, the police said in court.
The three arrested pleaded guilty to the charges of failing to comply with the ban and put before the Kpando Circuit Court, and accordingly fined 13,200 cedis each or in default serve four-year jail term each.
As at Thursday, April 16, they had failed to pay the fine totaling 39,600 cedis, forcing authorities to send them to the Ho Central Prion to serve the four year jail term.
Prosecution told the court that on April 12, the police had information that Apostle Agakpe, was having a church service at the church premises at Tongor-Abui in the South Dayi district assembly.
The police proceeded to the scene and met the apostle preaching to a congregation of over 50 “in flagrant disregard of the president of the republic of Ghana’s imposed restrictions on public gathering including religious activities in churches”, the court heard.
According to the prosecution, the police took photographs and arrested the apostle and two of his church elders, “…whilst other congregants took to their heels and escaped arrest”.
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Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Mamle Morrison has stated her Ministry is considering closing all Witch Camps in Ghana and integrate some of them to their families during a stake holders meeting with human right groups in Accra.
“When we close the witch Camps where are we taking our mothers to because there are no fathers,so now we are thinking of integrating some of them in their families and also put up a safer place for them to live,”she said.
Schools not reopening September — Education Ministry
The Ministry of Education says there are no immediate plans to reopen schools from next month for full academic activities.
Consequently, it has called on the public to ignore reports to that effect.
“The ministry will like to state categorically that aside from final-year students who are in school, the public should disregard reports going round that all other students would go to school in September,” the Chief Director of the Ministry of Education (MoE), Mr Benjamin K. Gyasi, said in Accra yesterday.
Schools have remained closed in Ghana since March 16 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Anas set date to release another expose themed “cashing in on covid”
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The Journalist earlier released a piece captioned, ‘corona quacks’ in which he targeted fake doctors who claimed to have found effective cures for covid-19; an expose which attracted a backlash from many who thought it was too ordinary to be a product of undercover journalism.
The set date for the new release is August 10, 2020 and many will still be awaiting something worthy as has been the nature of most of his previous works across the African continent.
The Expose’ will be premiered on BBC’s African Eye; it is not clear it will be limited to only Ghana or the continent as a whole.
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