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These days, you will find some of the most outrageous untruths and bare-faced, blatant lies ever told, hiding in news headlines: “Cop killer Kombian to die by hanging.” That is a big, fat lie, Jomo. Kombian is NOT going to die by hanging today, tomorrow or the day after that, and you can take my word for it. It is just a grand public deception from the media and the strange corridors of the administration of criminal justice in Ghana.

I wonder what the courts are up to with this judicial hoax. Go to Nsawam and ascertain things for yourself: The prison hangman has been jobless for as long as anyone can remember: I have vowed that as long as court judges persist with making the criminal justice system in Ghana something of a joke, I shall continue to join in the fun, yes sir.

Since every court judge knows that no executions have been carried out in Ghana since 1993, why do they keep on sentencing convicts to the gallows?

On second thought, we might cut the judges some slack, because they are only handing out a penalty that is mandatory under law on conviction. The question then is, why do the statutes retain a penalty that has apparently been long abolished? Hey, what did you say? Has the death penalty been abolished in Ghana? I don’t know. Maybe one of these days, we shall get a courageous government man to answer that question.

Anyhow, never mind, next headline: “Ghana ranked freest country in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Before you jump and prance about in self-congratulatory celebration, let me assure you verily, that this is bad news. Very bad news: In an era of terrorism, cross-border crime and ever worsening social indiscipline, this headline is a serious warning to our republic.

That Ghana is the freest country in Africa must explain  why everyone is trooping here: In the past decade or two, very strange and outlandish creatures from the Lord knows where, have been pouring into Ghana and engaging in all manner of dubious and clandestine enterprises.

Thanks to too much freedom, no one in Ghana is safe these days. The bandits are too many and are giving the nation’s police service hell with a capital H. I recall warning that one of these days, they might raid Flag Staff House and Army Headquarters, ransack both places and take the president and commander of the Ghana Army hostage.

Here is the other cost of our unbounded freedom: If you mentally demarcate an area of some 100 meters square within the open spaces, you will find that nearly everyone is busy breaking the law or misbehaving in some dangerous and annoying way. 

It is on the roads that you find evidence of the epidemic of madness resulting from boundless freedom. Our republic has the worst road accidents statistics in the same Sub-Saharan Africa.

I have some political news for you as well, Jomo: NPP vice presidential candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia recently went electoral sleuthing {whatever you perceive that to be} and returned bearing a load of what he insists, are startling evidence that our national voters’ register contains the names of 76, 000 Togolese nationals.

The whole thing sounds wacky: Dr Bawumia says biometric facial recognition technology was employed to scan the electronic versions of the voters’ registers of Ghana and Togo and potential matches of 76,286 names were found in the two registers.

He says the 76, 000 voters used the same names and have the same facial features. Photographs of voters are taken digitally at the point of registration but the NPP vice-presidential candidate says many of the photographs in register are still photographs which had previously been clipped to documents.

 

He also says that the 76, 000 names only represented a small sample scanned by his team of investigators. There should be a forensic investigations of his investigations to arrive at the truth before the Third World War starts from Ghana in 2016, don’t you think?

 

Some people have asked why the investigation only focused on the names of alleged foreigners in the voters register but shown apparent disinterest in the possible presence of the names of under-aged persons, ghosts, phantoms and spooks in the register.

 

The bit regarding the use of still photographs is unclear, otherwise, could the converse not be the case with regard to the allegation that Togolese nationals have registered to vote in Ghana? Could it not be the case that the 76, 000 voters are actually Ghanaians who have registered to vote in Togo? Website: www.sydneyabugri.com/Web