The Ghanaian government has cancelled a national referendum which was earlier scheduled to hold in the country on December 17.
The referendum was being held to decide on an amendment of Article 55 (3) of the West African country’s Constitution to enable political parties to sponsor candidates during local level elections.
The announcement was made by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a brief address to the nation on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Explaining the decision, he said the absence of “a durable national consensus” on the matter following various consultation led to the decision.
“In these circumstances, I am convinced that it will not serve the public interest to go ahead with the holding of the public referendum on 17th December even though I believe a strong campaign for a yes vote would have succeeded. this is not the kind of atmosphere in which the repeal of an entrenched provision of the constitution should take place,” he said.
He further directed Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, to withdraw the Bills seeking to change Articles 55 (3) and 243 (1).
“It is with deep regret that I have given instructions to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development … to abort the process and see to the withdraw of the Bills for the amendment of the constitutions both in respect of Article 243 (1) and Article 55 (3),” he added.
2 Women Burnt In Anambra Kerosene Explosion
Two women were feared burnt in a kerosene explosion at their various houses in Igboukwu, Aguata local government area of Anambra State.
The incident reportedly occurred when the victims poured the kerosene bought from the market but suspected to be adulterated inside their lanterns.
The Nation reports that the explosion affected parts of their houses.
The police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect has been arrested.
He said, “There was a report at Igboukwu Division that between 12th and 13th February 2020, one Roseline Onwuka ‘f’ of Ozala village Isuofia and Ebere Ibejiekwe ‘f’ of Isiaku village Isuofia bought kerosene suspected to be adulterated from one Chidiebere Umeobi, a kerosene seller at Nkwor Igboukwu Market and took the kerosene to their various houses.
“The kerosene exploded when they used it in their lantern and stove respectively.
“As a result, both Mrs Roseline Onwuka and Ebere Ibejiekwe sustained varrying degrees of burns all over their body while parts of their houses was also gutted by fire which emanates from the kerosene explosion.
“Both victims are receiving treatment at the hospital. Scene was visited by Police detectives attached to Igbuokwu Division and photographs taken.”
Mohammed said samples of the kerosene was collected and taken to DPR for analysis, adding that the case was being investigated.
French Officials Ignite Global Outrage After Wrapping African Man In Nylon For Deportation
A video of an African man who was wrapped in a nylon by some French immigration officials for deportation has ignited global outrage on social media.
The African man was unwrapped by the French officials after some passengers on the plane he was placed in for deportation intervened.
Inside the video, some passengers can be heard saying the officials won’t do same to a white person in a similar situation as they try to remove the nylon from his body.
A Facebook user identified as Okoro Ikechukwu uploaded the video on his page and captioned it as follows;
Is This How France Deport?
This is Very Wrong,
Imagine How One of Your African Brother Was Wrapped and Put on a Plane to be Deported from France!
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Lawyer Reveals 4000 Couples Have Applied For Divorce In Abuja In 2020; Nigerians React
An Abuja-based lawyer took to her Twitter handle to disclose that 4000 couples have applied for divorce between January to February, 2020.
Nigerians on Twitter are reacting in shock to her tweet, sharing their opinions on why marriages these days do not last.
4000 divorce applications in Abuja already and the year just started.
Some of these marriages are less than a year old.
What’s really happening?
— Annebrafa Esq (@Sandraorokodo) February 21, 2020
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