Morning News Roundup For Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Islamic preacher no threat to Ghana — National Security

Ghana’s National Security determined that there’s no legal grounds to have prohibited entry into the country of radical Islamic preacher Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, nor is there grounds to expel him.

  • Philips is accused of and is barred from preaching extremism in the US and other countries. He has reportedly written: “Western culture, led by the United States, is the enemy of Islam.”
  • The US government named him an “unindicted co-conspirator” in a 1993 bombing that killed six people and injured thousands.
  • Philips arrived in Ghana recently for a series of Islamic talks and conferences. His activities in the country started on February 4 and are expected to end on February 12.
  • This has agitated some Ghanaians who think National Security should not have allowed the preacher into the country. The admittance of the two former terrorism detainees from Gitmo, as well as revelations of Ghanaians joining Islamic State, have many fearing those who would seek to radicalize the Ghanaian youth.  Ideas that Western culture, the US and other first world countries are responsible for the ills of Africa are shared by many, both Muslim and Christian alike.
  • But National Security Coordinator Yaw Donkor said his outfit could not have refused the preacher entry based on unproven allegations.
  • He pointed out that about 30% of the population believe in Islam and, for that matter, the preacher. “If you have no reason to throw him out, you are going to create a problem by your own action,” Donkor explained.
  • He added that National Security is, however, monitoring the preacher and there is no cause for alarm.




Justice Dery petitions Mahama over Anasidentity.

Embattled high court judge Paul Uuter Dery petitioned President Mahama to investigate the identity of undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, whose identity is not known.

  • Dery, who was indicted along with 12 other colleague justices as a result of Anas’ high-profile corruption exposé, said the ace investigator has no identity, therefore no legal right to petition government or the court for anything.
  • Anas petitioned the President to remove all judges indicted in his exposé from office. Two of them, Ajet Nassam and Ernest Obimpeh, have been dismissed.
  • But Justice Dery maintains that pursuant to Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution, the identity of the petitioner must be known for the removal of Superior Court justices.
  • In a letter dated February 8, he asked the President to “cause an investigation to be conducted into the true identity of the petitioner, since from the evidence adduced herein, the petitioner Tiger Eye PI, who [is purported to have filed] a petition with your office, is non-existent.”



EC sets up 18-member committee for November polls.

The Electoral Commission inaugurated an 18-member steering committee to oversee the upcoming general elections in November.

  • The committee will be chaired by Electoral Commission boss Charlotte Osei.
  • Also included in the commission are the acting boss of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Joseph Whittal, and the Director-General of Police Operations, Christian Tetteh Yohuno.
  • At a ceremony to inaugurate the committee, Osei expressed confidence the committee will be able to ensure a credible poll on November 7. How they intend to do that and whether or not their ideas and actions will have the desired effect are unclear.
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