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The family of late Lionel Mahama, a former headmaster of the Ghana Senior High School (Ghanasco) in Tamale, who won a court case against the school and Education service for wrongful demotion and freeze of salary, is ready to auction the confiscated assets of the school after failure by authorities, including government to pay a judgment debt awarded by the court.
Diana Awuni, daughter of the late headmaster told Starr News the family had finally secured a clearance document from the court and that a Kumasi-based auctioneer would arrive in Tamale in a fortnight to begin the process to liquidate the vehicles. The only bus of the school, an official Pick up vehicle, and two Nissan patrol cars belonging to the education service have been left rotting in the courtyard for two years now since its confiscation in 2016, after the school failed to pay up salary arrears of the late tutor.
The Northern Regional Police Command on Wednesday arrested three persons in Tamale for impersonating some candidates in the ongoing West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
A report issued by the Northern Regional Police Command in Tamale on Thursday, named the suspects as Alhassan Abdul Karim aged 20, Zakaria Abdul Rauf, aged 24, and Tanko Baba, aged 17.
The Northern Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Daniel Bugri Naabu has said the Northern region will, in the near future, become one of the strongholds of the NPP as he has succeeded in breaking the dominance of its main opponent, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the region.
He said the performance of the NPP in the last election is a clear indication that it is fast gaining grounds in the region.
The NPP captured three additional seats from the NDC in the 2016 elections, bringing the total number of seats to 13 for the ruling party
This is the best performance of the party in the region since 1992.
National Democratic Congress (NDC) Northern Regional Chairman has landed in Accra for the intended demonstration over the US-Ghana Military deal, and his first point of call, is the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters where Mr Koku Ayidoho is being held allegedly over ‘a civil coup’ plot.
Police CID consequently arrested Mr Koku Ayidoho and have searched his house.
Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia has described the arrest of his deputy allegedly for making ‘treasonable comments’ as a blessing in disguise in the light of the demonstration they are organizing tomorrow.
He said Koku Ayidoho “is fine and great” and the arrest is “much ado about nothing”
A ceremony has been held in Tamale to mark the 16th anniversary of the passing of Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II, the Overlord of Dagbon who was killed in 2002.
The occasion was used to call on government to live up to its responsibility and ensure that those responsible for the murder of the late overlord of the Dagbon were brought to justice.
The government’s inability to prosecute the people who murdered Dagbon Overlord, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, has been blamed for the “culture of impunity and recklessness” in the Northern Region.
The Andani royal family said the unresolved 2002 murder in Dagbon has fuelled a culture where the youth see nothing wrong with violence and impunity.
At a news conference in Yendi, the family has asked the current government to take up the matter and ensure the prosecution of the perpetrators.
The Andani family at the press conference
Fear is beginning to grip the camps of all the Aspirants in the Northern Regional Chairmanship race of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) when it has become obvious that one of the aspirants, Mohammed A. Baatima Samba has scooped the trust of both delegates and party faithfuls.
Mohammed Samba who has joined the race for the Northern Regional Chairmanship position of the NPP has kicked the grounds running with positive indications, as many believe he is a sure bet to win the election.
The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Salifu Sa-eed has made a donation of GHC50,000 in support of the Real Tamale United (RTU) football club.
RTU has been in relegation over the years due to technical and financial constraints.
The Northern Regional Minister, presenting the money to the team’s management said, the donation was in line with his desire for the team to regain its Premiership status.
Wa All Stars have been crowned champions of the 2018 Gala competition after beating newly promoted Premier League side Eleven Wonders 4-2 on penalties on Sunday.
The game played at the Ndoum Sports Complex ended goalless after regulation time.
The Wa giants got to the finals of the competition after beating clubs likes Medeama and Bechem United, while the Techiman based side eliminated clubs such as Dreams FC and New Edubiase to make it to the finals.
Dr. Nashiru Issahaku, Former Governor of the Bank of Ghana has acquired 50% shares of Tamale-based Guan United Football Club making him an automatic President of the Club which has been renamed Tamale City FC
A new board has also been constituted to manage the affairs of the club with the Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium adopted as its home grounds and Northern Senior High School (NOBISCO) school park as its training field.
Notable among faces in the new management include; Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, younger brother of former President Mahama, Mr. Jones Abu Alhassan and Abdul Fatawu board secretary to Real Tamale United (RTU) sporting club.
Others are, former Ghana Football Association president Alhaji Lepowura Mohammed Nurideen Dawuda Jawula, relatively unknown Mr. Abdul Somed Iddrisu and Mr. Michael Darku an investment banker amongst others.
Dr. Nashiru Issahaku revealed his priority is to grow a team that will be the best in the country disclosing that the first task is to qualify the team from the lower division to a premier division club and then subsequently win the league, a feast intended to attain within a season.
He further stated Tamale city FC is a project for development that seeks to bridge the gap that exists between the North and the South.
Dr. Nashiru Issahaku, however, revealed the emergence of Tamale city FC is not intended to rival Real Tamale United (RTU) but rather to create a level ground for fair competition.
Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez overcame a cut over his left eye to stop Habib Ahmed in the sixth round Saturday to remain undefeated and defend his WBO super middleweight title at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The fight was televised on ESPN.
Ramirez (37-0, 25 KOs), a 26-year-old southpaw from Mexico, came in with a more than 6-inch height advantage over Ahmed, from Ghana, who was fighting in the United States for the first time.
An accidental headbutt opened a cut over Ramirez's left eye in the third round, but the Mexican never let it bother him, and in fact seemed to become more focused and intent on stopping his opponent after he was cut.
Ramirez, the only super middleweight champion to come from Mexico, teed off on Ahmed in the sixth round, getting him cornered and landing one punishing combination after another to the body and head of Ahmed, before referee Laurence Cole stopped it at 2:31 of the round. According to CompuBox statistics, Ramirez outlanded Ahmed 123-22, and 40 out of the 123 landed punches were to the body.
"(The knockout) was really important because we've been training a lot for this fight," said Ramirez, wearing his trademark cowboy hat after the fight. "We were training for the knockout and we made it."
The loss was the first of his career for Ahmed, who fell to 25-1-1 (17 KOs).
Ramirez, who fights under the Top Rank banner, said he would like a unification fight next, and would go anywhere to accomplish the feat, but would love to fight at home in Mexico. "I want to be the best in my division, a pound-for-pound fighter and would (like to fight) in front of family and friends."
On the undercard, Jerwin Ancajas, a 26-year-old Filipino who is Manny Pacquiao's first fighter, won the IBF Super Flyweight title as he knocked Israel Gonzalez down three times in route to a 10th round TKO victory. Ancajas, 26, improved to 29-1-1 with 20 KOs, while Gonzalez, from Mexico, fell to 21-2 (8 KOs).
Ancajas, a southpaw nicknamed "Pretty Boy," knocked Gonzalez down with a straight left hand in the first round and twice in the 10th before referee Rafael Ramos stopped it at 1:50 of the round.
Back at UFC 218, Abdul Razak Alhassan earned a first-round TKO victory over Sabah Homasi, but it was controversial, as referee Herb Dean misinterpreted Homasi shooting for a takedown as if he was dropping to the mat due to punches.
Homasi asked for an immediate rematch and got it Saturday night at UFC 220. But it didn’t go any better.