Examinations Council GNA – The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the provisional results of candidates who took the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates.

“The WAEC wishes to inform its numerous publics that it has released provisional results of candidates who took the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates (WASSCE). “The Council will despatch the results to the schools and candidates are advised to contact their heads of school for their results,” a statement signed by Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjo, the Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Council has posted the results online and candidates, who so desire, may access their results at the Council’s website. “The Council is alerting members of the public, especially candidates, to be wary of impostors who promise to change examination results for a fee. Candidates are to note that all WAEC results are well secured and can be authenticated. Persons with forged results will be exposed,” the statement said.


A total of 289,210 candidates entered for the examination. This figure is 5.45% higher than the 2016 candidature of 274,262. The 2017 entry figure was made up of 147,591(51%) males and 141,619 (49 %) females. The examination was conducted for 916 participating schools. A total of 1,732 ( 0.60%) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination. The performance of the candidates in regard to the four core subjects are as follows: • English Language: 155,077 ( 54.06%) obtained AI-C6; 73,409 (25.59%) obtained D7-E8 while 58,351 (20.35%) had F9; • Mathematics (Core): 122,450 (42.Z3%) obtained AI-C6; 106,024 (37%) obtained D7-E8 while 58,070 (20.27%) had F9; • Integrated Science: 125,204 (43.66 %) obtained AI-C6, 84,851 (29.59%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 76,693 (26.75 %) had F9; • Social Studies: 149,806 (52.25%) obtained AI-C6; 69,795 (24.35%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 67,078 ( 23.40%) had F9. Based on the provisional results, the performance at A1-C6 in Mathematics showed a marked improvement over that of 2016 (32.83% to 42.73%), while English Language recorded a slight improvement (53.19% to 54.06%). On the contrary, Integrated Science showed slight drop from the 2016 performance (48.48% to 43.66%). Similarly, there was a drop in the performance in Social Studies (54.93% to 52.25%).


The entire results of candidates from 185 schools have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination. This includes results of candidates from 31 schools who were detected by the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software to have cheated in objective tests. The withheld results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable or released if otherwise.


The Council wishes to express its deepest appreciation to all stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, Supervisors, Invigilators, the Ghana Police Service, Examiners and all, who in various ways helped in the successful conduct of the examination and the timeous release of results


Ashanti Region gears up for 4-day funeral rite of revered queen

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The final funeral rites of the longest-serving queen of the Ashanti Kingdom, Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem, has commenced at the Manhyia Palace, Monday.

The 4-day ceremony which started at midnight on Sunday includes the performance of a number of rituals at the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the Asantehene, before her interment on Thursday.

The queen’s body is expected to lie in state at the Manhyia Palace until burial on Thursday.

Today, Monday, January 16, all the Chiefs in the Asante Kingdom will file past the body of the queen to pay their last respect until 11 am.

After 11 am, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will file past his mother’s body after which he will receive commiserations from sympathisers.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Kings and Chiefs outside the Asante Kingdom are expected to file past the body of the queen.

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, the former Presidents, Ministers, Government officials and other dignitaries are also scheduled to file past the queen’s body on Tuesday.

Dignitaries from Swaziland, Seychelles, Là Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and other countries are also expected to file past the queen on Wednesday.

At 11:00 am on Thursday, the queen’s body will be taken to St. Cyprians Anglican Church for a Burial Mass.

Only accredited person will be allowed in the Church Auditorium.

A giant screen mounted at Jubilee Park will display events at the church auditorium for the general public.

After the church ceremony, the queen’s body will be marched through designated streets to Bantama for a wreath-laying ceremony.

The body will then be taken to Breman for burial.

Meanwhile, the Manhyia Palace has directed inhabitants of Kumasi and its environs to stay indoors especially on the night of Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday.

However, a statement signed by the Asantehene’s Chief of Staff, Kofi Badu, utility and essential service providers – the Electricity Company of Ghana, the Ghana Water Company and personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service – are exempt.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s mother passed away at her palace in November last year.

She passed away at the age of 111 years.

Asantehemaa’s Funeral: Essential service providers exempted from ban on movement

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The Manhyia Palace has revised a directive on the movement of people on the burial of the Asantehemaa, Nana Serwaa Kobi-Ampem.

An earlier order which required that residents stay indoors on from 8:00PM on Thursday, January 19 to 4:00AM on Friday, January 20, will not apply to essential service providers.

A statement released by the Palace said workers of the Electricity of Ghana, the Ghana Water Company Limited as well as officers from the Ghana Fire Service are “…excluded from any restriction of movement and are to be allowed to perform their duties without any hindrance on the night of Thursday, 19th January, 2017.”

Funeral arrangements for the late queen mother will start on Monday, January 16, 2017, with the laying in state of the body.

Burial is expected to take place from the night of Wednesday to the early hours of Thursday.

​update: Akufo-Addo sworn in as president


Other heads of state will do same.

The First lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Second Lady; Samira Bawumia and other dignitaries shake hands with President Akufo-Addo.


He prays for good health for the president and the very best for Ghana.

He concluded by reiterating his best wishes to Akufo-Addo. He thanked the people of Ghana for receiving citizens of Cote D’Ivoire during difficult times.

He appealed to the political leaders as well as the citizenry to support president Akufo-Addo as he takes over as president.

“Indeed, with democracy there is no peace and without peace there is no sustainable development.”

He recounted the pleasant relationship they have had, adding that he is pleased with what they have achieved together for the consolidation of peace and security.

He said the people of ECOWAS will always be indebted to you for the important work he accomplished as chairperson of ECOWAS.

Preisdent of Cote d’Ivoire delivering his speech

“Long live Ghana, long live ECOWAS, Long live Africa.”

On behalf of the authority on heads of states and governments of COWAS we congratulate you, your vice president and the people of Ghana.

She looks forward to hosting Akufo Addo in may to Liberia in May when the heads of states summit will be held.

“We applaud your long time working commitment to peace and democracy.”

Madam Sirleaf says ECOWAS has no doubt that you continue the actions that makes Ghana a peaceful country.

“We welcome you to ECOWAS and look forward to the contributions you will bring to our discussions

“Actors may change from time to time, but the spirit of unity and peace of ECOWAS remains alive.”

“You Ghanaians make us proud,” she said.

She commended the Electoral Commission and all stakeholders for conducting preaceful, fair and transparent elections.

Congratulated President Mahama for his show of statesmanship and reminded him that he has a lot more to do even out of power.

“Thank you for demonstrating to all that indeed there is life after power,” she said.


President of Liberia and head of ECOWAS, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivering a goodwill message on behalf of ECOWAS.


Speech ends. Akufo-Addo walks back to sit on the presidential throne.

Thank you all for making me president and may God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong.

Our nation will work when the marginalised and catered for and treated with respect.

There will be discipline for all and not just some.

I see exciting times ahead. The rule of all will be apllicable to all and not jsut some.

I assure you who that i will advance my conviction with civility. I will call for responsiblity. this is my solemn pledge.

“I ask you to be responsible citizens not spectators,” Akufo-Addo

It is time to dream again. We must create wealth ad restore happiness to our nation.

He reiterates that his governement will reduce taxes.

Ghana is open for business again, he said

President Akufo-Addo says he will protect the public purse.

He said public service is just that, service, and not an avenue for making money.


Akufo-Addo promises not to left the people of Ghana down as he takes over the affairs of the state.

Akufo-Addo commends ex president Mahama’s show of statesmanship when he conceeded defeat. He wished Mr Mahama and his family well.


“This is the day the Lord ahs made and we will rejoice in it,” President Akufo-Addo.


Akufo-Addo delivering his first speech as president.


The 21 gun salut by the military taking place to welcome the Commander in Chief. This is done by the military as way of showing their allegiance to the new president.


Akufo-Addo takes the oath of allegiance. He is led by Chief Justice Theodora Wood.


Dr Bawumia signing the book of oath. The book serves as evidence that he is vice president. The Chief Justice will also sign the book to give validity to the oath.


Dr Bawumia taking his oath of office. He is led by the Chief Justice.


Speaker invites Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood to administer the oath of office for vice-president-elect Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.


Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye is calling Parliament to order after he suspended the House last night. He will announce the dignitaries present and then the real event will begin.


Akufo-Addo takes his seat right beside the presidential stool. He will seat on the presidential stool after he is sworn in as president.


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has arrived with his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo

President of Nigeria Mahamudu Buhari is also at the Square.


Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and his wife, Samira Bawumia have arrived at the Square.


Newly elected speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye has arrived at the Black Star Square.

Ex President John Dramani Mahama and his wife, Lordina Mahama as well as ex vice president Kwesi Amissah Arthur and his wife, Matilda Amissah Arthur are all present at the grounds.

Former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor together with their spouses are also seated.

Hundreds of people are expected at the Black Star Square for the official investiture of Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Saturday.

The event will feature parades and cultural display performed before the crowd that would be made up of some African heads of state and Presidents from some European countries.

Nana Akufo-Addo will be sworn in by the Chief Justice, Theodora Georgina Wood as required by Ghana’s Constitution.

President-elects are expected to be sworn in by January 7, a month after the nation’s general elections on December 7.

So far, 15 heads of state have arrived to grace the occasion, among them are presidents from Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Zambia, Liberia, Equitorial Guinea, Togo.

There will also be representatives from 13 states across the world in the country to witness Akufo-Addo’s investiture.

President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouatara, who is a special guest to the ceremony arrived about 30 minutes ago.

The Inauguration Day schedule is below:


Brigadier General Emmanuel Okyere is a military engineer and holds an Executive 
Master’s Degree in Governance and Leadership from GIMPA. He’s also a graduate of the 
Ghana Military Academy, has a solid military background, having done almost 40 years 
of distinguished service with the colours. 
He served in various capacities in both the military and local government. He served as 
the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly from 1995 to 
1996; and from 2006 to 2010, he was the General Officer Commanding the Southern 
Joshua Kyeremeh is a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and 
Technology, and a former Director of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI). He 
worked at the BNI for about 22 years, where he served at command levels in the 
Northern, Upper East, Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions. He also served as head of the 
Investigations Unchild

 the Bureau. He rose to become the Deputy Director BNI and 

ultimately, the Director BNI from 2005 to 2009.
Akosua Frema Opare, 69, is a development consultant and a 
labour and employment expert, with 40 years of 
experience in these fields. She holds a Bachelor of Science 
degree in Home Science from the University of Ghana, and 
a Master’s degree in Foods, from the University of Guelph, 
Canada. She was a lecturer at the University of Ghana, 
Legon, from 1976-1982; Consultant for the United Nations 
in the ‘Women in Fisheries’ programme in countries such as 
Uganda, Ethiopia, Congo, Kenya and Namibia. She was also 
Deputy Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment
from 2005 to 2008, under the government of President 
John Agyekum Kufuor. She was a two-term Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon.

She is married with 4 children.

Nana Bediatuo Asante is a 53 year old lawyer with over 20 
years experience practicing law. He was educated in Ghana,
the United Kingdom and the United States, where he 
obtained a Doctor of Law degree from the New York 
University of Law. He was called to the bar in New York, 
Ghana and is a member of both bars. 
He is currently the Managing Partner at Ampem Chambers, a 
corporate law firm in Ghana. 

He is married with four children. 
Victor Newman is 69 years old. He is an economist, consultant, 
financial and research analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science 
degree in Agric Economics, with postgraduate qualifications in 
development planning and budget and financial management. He 
has worked at the Economic Research and Planning Services of the 
Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Western Castings Limited, and 
the Ghanaexim Economic Consultants. From 2008 till 2016, he has 
served as the Director of Research for the President-Elect’s
electioneering campaign 
He is married with four children.
Francis Asenso-Boakye is 39 years old, and holds a B.Sc. 
degree in Development Planning from the Kwame 
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has a 
Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration 
degree from the Michigan State University, and a 
Certificate in Public Sector Management from Tulane 
University, Louisiana, USA.
He is a development planning, project management, and 
policy specialist, with over 15 years of wide-ranging 
professional experience in his field, and has worked at 
the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, Global 
Media Alliance, Delta Acquisitions, USA, and the Ghana 
Free Zones Board, amongst others. Francis AsensoBoakye has been Political Assistant to the President-Elect since 2008. 

He is married with 3 children.
Samuel Abu Jinapor is 33 years old. He first graduated from 
the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology 
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He earned a 
Bachelor’s of Law from the Faculty of Law, University of 
Ghana, in 2010, and was subsequently called to the Ghanaian
Bar as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Ghana 
in 2012. In addition, Mr. Jinapor is expected to earn a 
Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) in Alternative Dispute 
Resolution (ADR) from the Faculty of Law, University Of 
Ghana, in May, 2017.
He is a member of the reputable commercial and corporate 
law firm, Messrs. Kulendi @ Law. He has been, since, his 
undergraduate days, a close aide of the President-Elchild

He is married with one child

Hassan Ahmed is 62 years old. He holds a Master’s Degree 
from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and has 
been a career diplomat with Ghana’s Diplomatic Service for 
34 years, having served in Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Cuba and 
Japan, where he was Deputy Chief of Mission. He was Chief 
of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the 
President-Elect was Foreign Minister. His last posting was to 
the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he served as Ghana’s 
Ambassador from 2008 to 2012. 
In 2013, he took an appointment with the United Nations as 
the Head of Office for the United Nations-African Union 
Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Khartoum, Sudan, a 
position he still holds. 

He is married with four children.
Eugene Arhin is 33 years old. He graduated from the Kwame 
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2006 with a 
Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering. He 
worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Materials 
Engineering for a year, and joined the Danquah Institute as a 
Research Analyst in 2008. He was with the Institute until
February 2014 when he became Press Secretary to the
President Elect.He is married with one child.
Lord Oblitey Commey, 48, is an accomplished entrepreneur and 
an astute politician known for his tactical, operational and 
organisational acumen. He was National Organiser of the New 
Patriotic Party (NPP) for eight years. Prior to that, he served as 
the Greater Accra Regional Secretary for the party. 
In 2012, he was Director of Operations for the NPP presidential 
campaign, and, in 2016, he worked in the office of the 
President-Elect as the officer responsible for Monitoring and 

He is married and has three children.
Saratu Atta is 53 years old. She is a graduate of the University 
of Warwick, UK, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics 
and International Studies. She worked as a Securities Trader at 
First Securities Discount House in Lagos, Nigeria from 1993 –
1997, and then went on to establish her own security printing 
company in Lagos. She was appointed NPP Campaign Secretary 
in 2008, and has been Office Manager and Executive Assistant
to the President-Elect since 2009.She has one child
Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana is 30 years old. She is a 
graduate of the University for Development Studies, and 
holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated 
Development studies, specialising in social, political and 
historical studies. She worked at the Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs for a year, and has also worked on contract with 
the Ghana Health service and the United Nations 
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on maternal health issues.Shewas a campaign aide to the President-Elect during the 
2016 electioneering campaign.

    ​Plastic rice: FDA seeks information from public

    The (FDA) has asked members of the Ghanaian public to offer information with respect to suspected plastic rice on the market for appropriate action to be taken.
    The FDA’s head of communications, James Lartey, has said although the authority believes the plastic rice is not on the market as is being speculated on social media, members of the public who think there is should make information on the location and those behind it available to the FDA for appropriate measures to be taken.

    “If you believe you have a sample of the plastic rice, let the FDA know,” he told journalists on Christmas Day, adding: “We (FDA) will continue to do our work by being vigilant…”

    His comments follow news of the Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, of the Nigerian Customs Service intercepting 102 bags of plastic rice branded ‘Beat Tomato Rice’ with no date of manufacture.

    The Customs Area Controller of F.O.U. Comptroller, Mohammed Haruna, last week in Lagos said that the commodity was stored for distribution as yuletide gifts for the public.


    ​While a student at Wesley Girls, I wrote to Mahama and he replied

    Naa Adzoa Adzeley Boi-Dsane

    It was a normal afternoon at Wesley Girls’ Senior High School when I received a parcel from the General Office.

    It was during the period of the WASSCE therefore my parcel had already been scanned (which I was not too happy about but it was for the good of the school).

    Well, I was not really expecting any gifts from anyone because my mother had already visited me two weeks earlier hence my ‘chop-box’ was running over with provisions. So I opened the parcel and to my surprise the gift was from the Office of the President!

    It contained an autographed copy of his book ‘My first coup d’etat’ (which I started reading as soon as I laid hands on it) along with a letter. Then I remembered that I had written a letter to H.E President John Mahama some weeks back.

    In the letter, I gave suggestions on various topics – education, infrastructure, tourism, interaction with citizens and even went ahead to talk about the nature of the roads to most of our tourist sites which need to be improved. Even though I wrote the letter, I doubted that I would get a reply but I wrote and posted it anyway.

    So it was quite surprising and humbling to know that my voice was heard. This experience along with current occurrences has taught me a lot concerning the President (some of which I would share soon).

    Though I may not agree with some of the decisions and actions he took during his term of office, I would like to focus on the positives in this article.

    First of all, I would say that his letter to me taught me a lot of things.

    1. My voice was important. He could have ignored whatever I wrote in my letter (after all I was just a second year General Science student who had little experience about matters involving governance at the time) but he chose to respond. This made me realize the power of communication especially through letters.

    2. His reply was encouraging. In the letter, he was very appreciative of the fact that I took initiative to express my thoughts and he expressed keen interest in my progress at school. He went ahead to give me some encouraging words as well.

    3. His book was informative, intriguing and entertaining. I learnt a lot about leadership and decision-making through his book. From what I watch on television, I think President John Mahama has a great sense of humor and an entertaining personality therefore I wasn’t surprised that I kept flipping each page with some form of excitement wishing the stories never came to an end. I also got the chance to have a peek into his youthful years of life.

    These last two points are not based on my direct interaction with him but on certain events.

    4. Respect for the rule of law. The Election Petition revealed a lot about the President and our country at large. However, one of the lessons I will never forget is to respect the rule of law irrespective of one’s position. Even though President John Mahama was in power at the time, he went through court proceedings and allowed the systems to work as they should hence corroborating his respect for the rule of law in this situation.

    5. A patriot, lover of peace and democracy. Today, I use these words to describe the President because of his courage to accept defeat and respect the will of the people despite his wishes.

    This is not to imply that he is perfect. However, I believe that Ghana is blessed to have had such a president. In the same spirit of happiness and patriotism I say congratulations to President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo. I have not had the opportunity to interact with President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo but from a distance, I admire his courage, persistence and resilience.

    Lastly, I am not a member of any political party; I wrote this because I believe in acknowledging good values. I want to assume he replied to many others like me, which would really be a good thing.

    Politicians must be humble – Dr  Lawrence Tetteh

    Dr Lawrence Tetteh, an International Evangelist and Economist has asked politicians to make humility the bedrock of leadership and “must walk the talk of humility”.

    He also urged the citizenry to note that the 2016 general election was over and must therefore close their ranks and unite to build Ghana.

    Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, he said: “The battle is over, let’s unite to build the nation.

    “Ghanaians should let 2017 be free of the political competition, which leads to the soiling of the hard won reputation of people.”

    Dr Tetteh also the President and Founder of the UK based World Miracle Outreach said there was no draw in the game. Only one person won and “so let’s rely on God for divine direction for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President-elect and look towards the bigger picture- Ghana”.

    He said the intemperate language that characterised the 2016 elections should stop, adding that the practice gave the impression to people outside the country that Ghanaians were at war.

    He observed that though Ghanaians made so much noise about conflicts they were always associated with the culture of togetherness.

    Dr Tetteh said Ghanaians should continue to be the agents of peace and come together in a massive united front for the interest of the nation.

    He said Ghanaians should learn to be political without being partisan, deal with social matters and should be discerning about issues. They must also stand for principles and not personalities.

    He asked Nana Akufo- Addo to see his three times approach towards the Presidency as an act of God and should, therefore, let Godliness be his pursuit.

    “God knows how to put the pieces together.

    “You have the time to start your tenure as President and the time to leave office. Try and leave a good legacy for the country and strive always to be closer to your God,” he said.

    He advised the President-elect to be wary of the people he surrounded himself with since most leaders were destroyed by the personalities around them.

    “Nana Akufo-Addo should not hesitate to call people who are not playing to his tune to order,” he said.

    He said the incoming president should not be guarded by emotions and avoid the misinformation that may emanate from sources like the Social Media.

    Dr Tetteh commended President John Dramani Mahama for conceding defeat in the elections and Nana Akufo-Addo for taking the same action in 2012 when the New Patriotic Party lost the Election Petition at the Supreme Court.

    He said whoever looked down on the decision taken by President Mahama and the President –elect should monitor developments in The Gambia, where Yaya Jammeh the incumbent Head of State, had lost elections but refusing to step down.

    ​Anas exposes Highway Patrol Police officer

    Justice Nunekpe has been mounting checks and stopping cars between Nsawam and Anyinam

    Fresh investigations by the New Crusading Guide has revealed that some police officers have resorted to using highway patrol duties for their personal benefit, intimidating civilians at will, flexing their guns and threatening to beat up and kill those who question their authority.

    In a series of ongoing exposes by this newspaper and its readers, we begin with the story of police officer Justice Nunekpe of the Ghana Police service.

    Over the course of two weeks, this police officer has been observed mounting random checks and stopping cars between Nsawam and Anyinam on the main Accra to Kumasi road.

    In a day, police officer Justice Nunukpe together with some colleagues park their police car at over seven points within the short stretch to intimidate, extort money or abuse drivers and road users who question their authority. Brandishing AK 47 assault rifles and dressed in helmets and heavy police gear, these officers do not just check cars, they end up assaulting some passengers.

    In Ghana, police highway patrols are meant to protect civilians, check road safety and ultimately ensure the security of all Ghanaians.

    In the past, the efforts of police highway patrol teams have led to the seizure of illegally acquired weapons or helped stalled comes on our major highways. As such, there is the need for both civilians and police officers to give each other respect to achieve this positive aim of public safety and security.

    Yet, the behavior of Police officer Justice Nunekpe, as captured by our cameras is anything but professional.

    On one ride with some top American documentary filmmakers from Accra to Kumasi, we encountered Police officer Justice Nunekpe and his colleagues a few minutes after Nsawam.

    As usual, he stopped the vehicle and ordered our driver to open the boot. Knowing him for his bullying tactics which we observed over the course of two weeks, the driver dutifully obeyed and opened his boot.

    Brandishing his AK 47 assault rifle, the officer then asked him to open about 7 bags that contained camera and filming equipment. The driver started unpacking.

    Just then, the officer called another one of his colleagues who joined him and then they rushed from the boot towards one of the filmmakers inside the car who was the whole incident on him phone’s camera.

    Showing his gun, the officer asked the filmmaker to hand over his camera. The filmmaker refused by saying no to the police officer. In an angry exchange of words between the two, the police officer pushed the filmmaker in his seat, which blocking the car door and holding on to his gun.

    Sticking with this intimidation tactic, the officer held on to the passenger door with one hand while holding his gun with the other, leaving no room for the filmmaker to step out or turn around. This continued for long, until one of the local journalists called another police officer on phone to intervene.

    “You’re lucky it’s because of my boss, otherwise you’ll be crying by now,” the police officer said to another filmmaker in the car.

    Although Ghana enjoys relative peace and has been lauded by the international community and the world at large, actions such as that exhibited by this police officer go a long way to tarnish the image of the country.

    According to one of the American documentary filmmakers who witnessed the scene, officers like this should be checked to prevent police brutality.

    He cited examples of police mishandling and killing citizens in the U.S., which has led to several unrests and the black lives matter movement.

    “Just look at the way he was holding that gun. It can just go off on anybody and then he’ll say it’s an accident,” the filmmaker observed. “Ghanaians should make sure such things don’t happen in such a peaceful country”.

    Source: Anas Aremeyaw Ana