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Country profile for Ghana

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General Information

  • Capital: Accra
  • Major Languages: English
  • Currency: Ghanaian Cedi
  • Timezone: GMT

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Ghana is politically stable and elections are generally regarded to be free and fair. Nana Akufo-Addo was elected president in 2016 after two failed bids in 2008 in 2012. He is expected to run for a second term in 2020 for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), with former president John Mahama standing for the National Democratic Congress (NDC). In October 2019 nine people were arrested and charged with treason over an alleged coup plot against the government. The suspects were members of an underground group known as 'Take Action Ghana,' which appeared to have limited capability and did not pose a significant threat to the government. Protests are common in Ghana and can lead to clashes with the security forces. Politically-motivated rallies are likely to increase in frequency in the lead up to the 2020 vote.

There are no significant security threats in Ghana, although jihadist militant groups are increasingly active in the Sahel region to the north, including in neighbouring Burkina Faso. Terrorist attacks have also taken place in Cote d'Ivoire to the west of Ghana. There have been reports of armed groups operating inside Ghana's borders and travel to the far north of the country should be undertaken with caution. Communal violence is also common, particularly in the northern and central regions of Ghana. There is also a moderate threat of kidnapping and foreign nationals have been targeted in recent years. In June 2019 two Canadian nationals working for a charity were abducted in the central city of Kumasi; they were rescued in a police operation a few days later. In April an Indian man was kidnapped in Kumasi and Estonia's Consular General was abducted in Accra. According to official figures, there were almost 70 recorded kidnappings in Ghana in 2018.

Crime rates are moderate and most visits to Ghana are trouble-free. An increase in street crime has been reported in Accra, with Graphic Road, George Walker Bush Highway, Accra Mall Roundabout, Awudome Cemetary Road, Pokuase-Amasaman Road, Teshie-Nungua road, Labadi beach area and the Kokrobite beach area highlighted by police as higher risk areas. The risk increases at night and criminals often use weapons and threats of violence. Thefts are also common in and around public transport hubs, including Kotoka International Airport. Credit and debit card fraud is also common and caution is advised when using cards in Ghana.

Ghana often experiences flooding during the rainy season. In October 2019 at least 29 people were killed and hundreds of people were displaced by flooding in the Upper East region, close to the border with Burkina Faso. Poor drainage systems in areas of Accra also causes flooding during periods of heavy rainfall. Five people died in the capital in April 2019; local officials accused residents of blocking drains with garbage.

Alerts for Ghana

Dozens of healthcare workers test positive for Covid-19

At least 70 health care workers have tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) in the central region of Ghana. The workers were all reportedly asymptomatic, so they did not have any symptoms. There have been over 8,000 confirmed cases and 38 deaths in the country. The government has started to ease restrictions and schools have reopened for final year students.

Government to lift ban on religious gatherings from Friday

The government has announced that places of worship can reopen from Friday. Churches and mosques will be allowed at host 100 congregants at a time and services can only last for one hour. Social distancing rules have to be enforced and people will be required to wear face masks at all times. President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the decision in a televised address.

Domestic flights to resume from 1 May

Domestic flights will resume in Ghana on 1 May, according to the Minister of Aviation Joseph Kofi Adda. The government said disinfectant exercises were being conducted at the Accra Kotoka International Airport and three others in preparation for the resumption of flights. "The disinfection is also going on in Kumasi and in Tamale. They will move to Wa and Takoradi very soon. Provisions have been put in place to make sure everything is in place before we commence domestic flights,” the minister said. Flights were suspended three weeks ago due to the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Government plans 90 new hospitals

The Ghanian government has announced plans to build more than 90 new hospitals. President Nana Akufo-Addo said the current coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak had highlighted the weakness of the country's healthcare system. He said 88 news district hospitals, six regional hospitals and three infectious disease centres will be built across Ghana.

Police arrest 22 for attempting to cross into Togo

Police have arrested 22 people for attempting to cross into neighbouring Togo. The Akatsi North District Assembly COVID-19 Taskforce said 17 men and five women were detained and several motorbikes confiscated. Meanwhile, police said a manhunt is underway for a Nigerian man who tested positive for the virus and then disappeared from his residence in Wa. There have been 641 confirmed cases and eight deaths in Ghana.

Government launches coronavirus tracking app

The government has launched a new tracking application for mobile phones to monitor suspected cases of coronavirus (Covid-19). The app will track users via GPS and will be available in six languages; however, only 35 percent of the population currently uses smartphones. Ghana has carried out 37,000 tests so far and there have been 636 confirmed cases and eight deaths.

Lockdown imposed in two key regions

A lockdown is set to be introduced on Monday in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area. The restrictions will be in place for at least two weeks, said President Nana Akufo-Ado. Schools nationwide have been closed and large public gatherings banned as Ghana tries to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). There have been 137 confirmed cases in the country, including four deaths.

Ghana reports sharp rise in coronavirus cases

Ghana's information ministry has announced a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the country. The total number of confirmed cases rose to 132 on Thursday, up from 68 cases on Wednesday. A large number of the cases (78) are in people who returned to the country from foreign trips and are undergoing mandatory quarantine. Ghana's borders are currently closed to prevent further spread of the virus.

Ghana shut schools and public gatherings

Ghana has closed all schools and universities and banned all public gatherings. The measures follow a ban on foreign nationals from entering the country. There have been six confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.

Ghana, Gabon and Kenya confirm first cases of coronavirus

The first confirmed cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in three Africa countries - Gabon, Ghana and Kenya. Ghana's Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu said two people who had travelled into the country from Norway and Turkey tested positive. In Gabon, the patient was a Gabonese man who had travelled from France. Meanwhile, the Kenyan government has suspended all public gatherings following the confirmation of the country's first case of coronavirus. They have also banned all non-essential travel by public servants.

Scores killed in head-on collision in Kintampo

At least 35 people have been killed in a road accident in Kintampo, central Ghana. According to the BBC, two buses collided head-on along the main road between Kintampo and Tamale. Reports indicate that one of the vehicles veered off the road and crashed against another passenger vehicle. One of the buses caught on fire, killing all of the passengers on board. Accidents in Ghana mainly occur due to reckless driving and poor road conditions. Crashes on the N10 road between Kintampo and Tamale are common. Nearly a year ago, 50 people died after two buses collided near the village of Amoma Nkwanta.

NPP supporters clash in Ashanti

Supporters of rival New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidates have clashed in the Ashanti Region. The unrest was sparked when supporters of the incumbent MP, Sarpong Ampratwum, blocked MP Francis Addai-Nimoh from filing his nomination forms in the town of Mampong. Supporters of both candidates threw rocks and hit each other with sticks, leaving several people wounded.

Kidnapper arrested in the Eastern Region

A 19-year-old man suspected of kidnapping a nine-year-old boy has been arrested in the Eastern Region. Ebenezer Oko allegedly called the victim's mother and demanded a ransom of 5,000 GHS following the abduction in Akim Asuboa. Police tracked down the kidnapper and secured the release of the boy. “We entreat all parents/guardians to educate their kids to know that it is okay to talk to strangers but it is not okay to go anywhere with a stranger without the parent’s/guardians’ permission,” said police in a statement.

Two quarantined over coronavirus fears

Two people have been quarantined due to fears that they contracted the coronavirus. The pair both recently travelled separately from China and complained of flu-like symptoms after arriving in Ghana. The Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association in Accra, William Baah, said their blood samples are being studied at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.

Hundreds join rally against new voters' register in Accra

Hundreds of people have gathered in Accra to join a rally against the New Voters’ Register. The protesters, many of them wearing red, gathered on Tuesday morning before marching towards Jubilee House. They claim that the new register is not needed and that the money spent to set it up would be better spent by paying striking teachers. There is a significant police presence in the area but there have not been any reports of violence.

One killed in chieftaincy clashes, Northern Region

One person has been killed and several others wounded in renewed chieftaincy clashes in the Northern Region. Two rival groups exchanged fire in Kpatinga in the Gushegu municipality, during which Alhassan Abass was hit by a stray bullet. Police said five people have been arrested in connection with the unrest, which has been ongoing since the death of Gushegu chief Kpatinga lana Ziblim.

One arrested over killing of police officer

Ghanaian police have arrested one person over the killing of a police officer in the Central Region. Isaac Eshun, the owner of the Zen Filling Station, is suspected of killing officer Kingsley Boahene in the Mankessim District on Wednesday. The officer was fatally shot after armed robbers targeted the fuel station, leading to a gunbattle. Police are hunting for a second suspect.

Police officer suspended for shooting football fan with rubber bullet

A Ghanian police officer has been suspended after violence erupted during a football game in Kumasi on Sunday. One person was shot in the face with a rubber bullet after supporters of the Kumasi Asante Kotoko FC started rioting. Fans threw stones at police, before one officer opened fire. "The Command takes a serious view of the incident and has subsequently commenced investigation into the action of the Police Officer involved in the shooting," said police in a statement.

Eighteen suspected separatists arrested in Northern Region

Eighteen suspected separatists have been arrested in the Northern Region of Ghana. Police said the suspects were from the Western Togoland group from Kpassa and were detained while holding a secessionist meeting. They have been detained and are due to appear in court on 9 January.

Dozens killed by floods in north-east

At least 28 people have been killed by flooding in north-eastern Ghana. More than 1,000 houses have been damaged following more than a week of torrential rain. "The latest situational report indicates that 28 people have lost their lives in the Upper East region of the republic of Ghana. The rains are still ongoing. We have about 640 people displaced," the country's National Disaster Management Organisation spokesman George Ayisi said on Wednesday.

Coup plotters charged with treason

Nine people accused of plotting to overthrow the Ghanian government have been charged with treason. The state prosecutor said the accused, part of an underground known as 'Take Action Ghana' were planning to stage protests in an attempt to destabilise the state. A lawyer for the suspects said his clients reject the charges against them.

Police clash with students in Accra

Two people have been wounded in clashes between police and students at the Ghana School of Law (GSL) in Accra. Violence erupted when police prevented the students from marching to Jubilee House to present a petition to President Akufo-Addo. The students are angry at the admission system at the university. Heather Cameron, the Canadian High Commissioner, vowed to take the petition to the president on behalf of the protesters.

Security forces foil plot against government

Ghana's security forces say they have foiled an elaborate plot against the government. Three people were arrested and a cache of weapons seized during an operation conducted on Friday. The security forces conducted the raids after "15 months of surveillance and gathering of evidence on the activities of the prime suspects and others.” The Information Ministry identified the suspects as Dr Frederick Yao Mac-Palm and his two accomplices – Ezor Kafui (a local weapon manufacturer) and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu.

Police head under pressure after kidnapped girls found dead

Protesters are calling for the resignation of a senior police chief after four kidnapped girls were found dead. Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah was head of the police investigation unit which investigated the abduction of four girls when went missing in western Ghana between August and December 2018. Their bodies were discovered in the city off Takoradi last month. The hashtags #BringBackOurTaadiGirls and #TwiaaMustGo have both been trending on Twitter in Ghana.

Local elder shot dead in house invasion

A local elder has been shot dead at his home in the Central region of Ghana. Nana Egyir Ahor l, the Gyaasehene of Gomoa Akramang in the Gomoa East district, was targeted on Monday morning by a group of young men. Police have arrested six people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Teachers launch nationwide strike

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has announced a nationwide strike in protest at a new human resources system and the delayed payment of salaries. NAGRAT President, Angel Carbonu, said the new system was affecting teachers across the country. “For those who are yet to reopen, stay away from the school premises even when they reopen,” said Carbonu.

Traffic police to be given firearms amid spate of attacks

Interior Minister Ambrose Dery has announced that police officers on traffic duties will be given fire weapons and other equipment amid a spate in attacks against them. In less than a month, at least five police officers were killed in Ghana. The most recent incident was reported last week when two officers were gunned down after they ordered a vehicle to stop in Gomoa Buduburam, west of Accra. At least seven suspects were detained.

Police officers killed by armed robbers in Central Region

Two police officers have been killed during an armed robbery in the Central Region. The officers, who were from the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD), were shot dead in broad daylight at Gomoa Buduburam. They came under fire after they stopped a suspicious vehicle on Kasoa-Winneba highway.

Three kidnapped girls found dead

Three kidnapped girls have been found dead in Western Ghana. The victims, who went missing in the town of Takoradi last year, appear to have been sexually assaulted before they were killed. Two Nigerian men are currently standing trial on kidnapping charges. Ruthlove Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Priscilla Koranchie were aged between 18 and 21 when they were abducted.

Student killed in school riot, Upper East Region

A student has been killed in a riot at a school in the Upper East Region. Members of the Ghana Police Service fired live rounds in an attempt to break up the fighting at the Sandema Senior High-Technical School. Another student was shot and wounded in the incident, which was reportedly sparked when student cadets confronted another group of students for staying out of their dormitories beyond curfew.

Residents flee clashes in Ashanti region

Hundreds of people have been displaced by fighting in the Ashanti region of Cameroon. Dagombas settlers have been clashing with police in the Asokore-Mampong municipality since early last week. “When the issue started on Tuesday, the police gave an assurance of protection but that is not what we got. Now some of our houses have been destroyed and others seriously injured. We don’t know what will happens next as there is no protection for us,” a resident told local media. Several people have been wounded during the violence, which was sparked when officers tried to execute an arrest warrant and were attacked by settlers.

Ghana scraps plans for new parliament

Ghanian lawmakers have scrapped plans to build a new parliament. The proposal to discuss the construction, which would have cost an estimated $200m, sparked protests in Ghana. Critics said the money should be spent on public services, health and education instead. Sources close to President Akufo-Addo said he was also strongly opposed to the project.

Two killed in reprisal attacks

Two people have been killed and several others in a reprisal attack in the Ahafo region of Ghana. Kofi Gyamfi, 27, and David Asuming, 24 were shot dead in the Asunafo North municipality, according to local officials. The incident was sparked by a personal dispute between forest workers which occurred three weeks ago.

Police rescue kidnapped Canadians

Ghanaian police have rescued two Canadian women kidnapped in Kumasi last week. Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the pair were found on Wednesday morning. The news came after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, was arrested over allegations that he was linked to a series of recent kidnappings.

Two Canadians kidnapped in Ghana

Two Canadian women have been kidnapped in central Ghana. The pair, who were working as volunteers for a charity, were abducted by unknown assailants in the Ahodwo district of Kumasi. "Security agencies are working closely together to get them rescued, and the perpetrators arrested," said David Eklu, Assistant Commissioner of Police. The incident comes two months after an Indian national was kidnapped at gunpoint.

Two musicians arrested after brawl at awards ceremony

Two of Ghana's most prominent musicians have been arrested following a brawl at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Livingstone Etse Satekla (Stonebwoy) and Charles Nii Armah (Shatta Wale) clashed when Stonebwoy was announced as the winner of the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year. During the incident Stonebwoy pulled out a gun, an action which he later tried to justify by claiming he was a victim of "incessant vilification and physical attacks."

Five killed in Accra flooding

At least five people have been killed in flooding in Ghana's capital, Accra. The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) said the victims were electrocuted after torrential rain caused flash flooding in the city. Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, Kanashie, Avenor, Alajo were among the areas affected by the flooding. NADMO's director, Archibald Cobbinah, blamed residents for throwing garbage into drains for exacerbating the flooding. "We all have a role to play to ensure we keep our cities and drainages clean. People should take precautionary measures to ensure they are safe during the rainy season," said Cobbinah.

Dozens killed in Kintampo-Tamale crash

At least 50 people have been killed after two buses collided on the Tamale-Kintampo highway. The accident occurred near the village of Amoma Nkwanta in the early hours of Friday morning. One of the vehicles burst into flames while the other veered into a ditch. The emergency services are at the scene to determine what caused the accident and to establish how many people were killed.

Three police officers arrested for assaulting journalists

Three Ghanian police officers have been arrested for assaulting three journalists from the Ghanaian Times. Salifu Abdul Rahman, Malik Sulemana, and Raissa Sambou Ebu were beaten in Kinbu in Accra last Thursday, according to the Director-General of Public Affairs of the Police Service, ASP David Eklu. The officers will be investigated by the Accra Regional Officer.

Fulani gunmen attack women in Eastern Region

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have attacked a group of women returning from a market in the Eastern Region. Four of the victims were repeatedly raped during the attack, which took place in the Kwahu East District. Local police said an investigation into the incident has been launched but no arrests have been made so far.

Two police shot in Upper East

Two police officers have been shot and wounded during clashes in the Upper East Region. Unknown gunmen opened fire during a dispute over a chieftaincy in Bolgatanga. The officers have been transferred to Bolgatanga Regional Hospital for treatment.

Activist groups set to rally in Accra

A coalition of activist groups is set to protest in Accra on Thursday to denounce electoral fraud and increasing violence. "The barbaric conduct that characterised yesterday’s by-election demands of all of us a hard look in the mirror. It begs serious, honest introspection about the present state of our politics, the growing atmosphere of insecurity in which many millions of our compatriots now live, and the creeping lawlessness in our nation," said the Inter-Party Coalition for National Sovereignty. The group called on all Ghanaians to join the peaceful rally.

Ten killed in vaccination error

Ten people have been killed in the upper west area of Ghana after they were given the wrong vaccinations. Benjamin Aminyuure, a doctor in the Wa region, said a further 40 people required treatment following the mix-up. The original vaccines were intended to combat snake bites.

Man shot dead in Northern Region

A man has been shot dead in the Northern Region of Ghana. The 35-year-old victim died during a shootout between unknown individuals and police in Yendi. The incident occurred during the curfew period on Friday night.

Undercover journalist shot dead in Accra

A prominent undercover journalist has been shot dead in the capital, Accra. Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot twice by unidentified gunmen on motorcycles as he drove home in the Madina suburb on Wednesday night. He recently investigated corruption in Ghanian football, which led to a lifetime for the former head of the Football Association. The report also resulted in Hussein-Suale receiving various threats, including one from Ghanaian MP Kennedy Agyapong.

Church stormed in Greater Accra

A group of Muslim youths have raided a church in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. The unrest took place after Rev Issac Owusu-Bempah predicted the death of the country's chief imam. In a sermon, the pastor said either Chief Imam Nuhu Sharabutu or Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia would die in 2019.

Three Togolese soldiers wounded pursuing suspect into Ghana

Three Togolese soldiers have been wounded while pursuing a suspect into neighbouring Ghana. Police from Jasikan rescued the troops on Tuesday after they attempted to detain a wanted dissident. The Volta Regional Police Commander, Francis Ebenezer Doku, said the Ghanian office of Interpol has been informed of the operation.

Three arrested over murder of taxi driver

Three people have been arrested over the murder of a taxi driver in Kasoa in the Central Region. One of the suspects was found driving driver Richard Ayivi's vehicle, which contained blood. “Further interrogation by the Divisional Commander forced the suspect to confess to committing the crime” said the Police PRO. The body of the 25-year-old victim was found in the bush.

Curfew imposed in Bole, Northern Region

The Ghanaian government has imposed a curfew in Bole in the Northern Region following an outbreak of violence. Local officials said clashes were sparked in the town as part of a dispute over a local chieftaincy. Fighting erupted last Friday following the funeral of the previous chieftain.

Man arrested for sexually assaulting UK tour group

A man has been arrested for sexually assaulting four British girls and their teacher in Ghana. The group was on a school trip when they were attacked on Saturday night in the Greater Accra area. A security guard was also shot and wounded after he tried to intervene. The UK Foreign Office said it was offering support to the victims.

Police officer shot during roberry, Northern Region

A police officer has been shot by armed robbers in the Bunkpurugu district in the Northern Region. Lance Corporal Vincent Agyapong was seriously wounded in the attack, during which the criminals targeted two Metro Mass Transit (MMT) buses in Chintilung community. The assailants stole from the passengers of the two buses before fleeing the scene.

Violence erupts during student protest, Kumasi

Violence has erupted during a student protest at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Knust) in the second city of Kumasi. Students built roadblocks and vandalised property in protest at the arrest of 11 fellow students on Friday night. Knust's Student Representative Council called for a boycott of lectures on Monday but instructed students to protest peacefully.

Vessel hijacked off Ghana

A fishing vessel has been hijacked off Ghana and diverted to Nigerian waters, according to Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Heineken Lokpobiri. Three Korean nationals onboard were also abducted during the attack. Lokpobiri, who is also the president of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), called for greater cooperation between the regional states to combat piracy.

Dozens killed in Ghana flooding

At least 34 people have been killed in flooding in northern Ghana. Heavy rain combined with an overspilling dam in Burkina Faso has increased water levels on the White Volta and Black Volta rivers. "In all we have on record 34 deaths and two people missing. The affected people are over 52,000 and we are still assessing the situation," said Seji Saji, deputy head of Ghana's National Disaster Management Organisation.

Seven armed robbers arrested in Eastern Region

Seven armed robbers have been arrested by police in the Kwahu South District in the Eastern Region. Local residents complained that the gang were targeting them in Ekye-Amanfrom and called on police to send reinforcements. The suspects have been handed over to the Nkawkaw police while investigations continue.

Five killed in Dansoman blaze

Five people have been killed in a fire in the Dansoman suburb of Accra. Officials from the Ghana National Fire Service are investigating what caused the blaze. "We are still investigating, we don't want to take a guess, we just want to be sure of what we are looking for, so I will just say that we should be patient and let's complete the investigation,” said press officer James Kwarteng.

Four police shot by robbers in Korle Bu, Accra

Four police officers have been shot by suspected armed robbers in the Korle Bu area of Accra. Two bystanders were also wounded in the shooting, which occurred on Monday. All of the victims were transferred to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for treatment.

Opposition outcry after nomination to electoral commission

President Nana Akufo-Addo has nominated on Monday Jean Mensa to lead the country's national electoral commission. Mensa's nomination generated an outcry from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) opposition, which claimed that she is closely linked to the ruling New Patriotic Party. She is replacing Charlotte Osei, who was sacked last month. Elections in Ghana are scheduled to be held in December 2020.

Accra hit by flash flooding

Hundreds of people have been displaced after torrential rain caused flash flooding in Accra. The Kaneshi, Dansoman and Odorkor areas of the city were among the worst affected by the rising water levels. The government recently said it would take $700m to install flood defence and drainage systems in the capital to limit the impact of flooding.

Football association dissolved over bribery scandal

The Ghanian football association has been dissolved after its president was caught accepting bribes. Kwesi Nyantakyi was pictured taking $65,000 from an undercover reporter during a sting operation. Last month he was questioned by police for using President Nana Akufo-Addo's name when speaking to potential investors. The investigation by journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas also exposed 100 other football officials from across Africa accepting cash gifts.

Driver killed during highway robbery

A driver has been shot dead during an ambush on the Kpando-Kwamikrom highway. Henry Vorsah was killed when the assailants ambushed his vehicle near Bumbula. They stole phones and cash from passengers before exchanging fire with police as they fled into the nearby bush.

Police clash with troops in Tamale

Kenyan police have clashed with soldiers in the city of Tamale. The unrest was sparked when the police arrested a soldier, prompting a violent response from his colleagues. At least eight officers were wounded during the incident, which has been strongly condemned in a joint statement by both forces. Similar clashes were reported between the two earlier this year in Tamale.

One killed in Volta shooting

At least one person has been killed in a shooting in the town of Alavanyo in Volta. The victim, identified as Atta Yaw Rejoice, was returning from her farm when she was targeted by unknown gunmen. Additional police have been deployed to the area to prevent reprisal attacks and restore order.

Four Ghana judges suspended in bribery scandal

Four Ghanaian judges have been suspended as part of an ongoing investigation into corruption. President Nana Akufo-Addo suspended the high court judges after disciplinary proceedings were opened against them. The accused are part of a group of 12 judges caught on tape discussing taking bribes to influence cases.

Ruling party activist assaults journalist

An activist for Ghana's ruling party has allegedly assaulted a female journalist. Hajia Fati from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said she mistook the journalist as a supporter of suspended Second Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe. Fati also said the woman looked more like an "onion seller" than a journalist. There has been widespread criticism of Fati in the media, while the Ghana Journalists Association revealed it was considering legal action against her.

Teachers begin strike in Ghana

Public-sector have gone on strike in Ghana over unpaid salary arrears. Angel Carbonu, the President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), said the indefinite strike was being taken because the government had failed to address their concerns. “What we see are orchestrations, tactics, maneuvering and manipulations employed by the Ministry of Finance to drag its feet and possibly refuse to repay the arrears at all,” said Carbonu.

Two arrested over MP attack

Two people have been arrested over an attack on an MP in Ghana at the weekend. Eric Opoku, MP for Asunafo South, was targeted at his residence in Sankore in the Brong-Ahafo region. Three other people, all members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), were wounded in the raid.

Thousands protest against US-Ghana military deal

Thousands of people have gathered in Ghana's capital, Accra, to protest against the expansion of the country's military cooperation with the US. An estimated 3,500 people gathered in the city's central business district to denounce the agreement. Last week the US agreed to invest $20m in training and equipment for Ghana's military in return for the freedom to deploy troops, import military equipment tax-free and use the country's airports. Riot police were deployed to the event but no violence has been reported.

Fishing vessel hijacked off Ghana

Armed pirates attacked and hijacked a fishing vessel underway. The Owners of the fishing vessel reported the incident to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) who immediately contacted and liaised with the Ghana Navy Ops Centre. As the fishing vessel moved from Ghanaian waters into Togo and Benin waters the PRC continually updated the respective naval authorities. Naval boats were deployed by the respective navies within their waters to look for the fishing vessel. On 28 Mar 2018, the Owners confirmed that the fishing vessel has been released and it is sailing to a safe port. Three crew members were reported missing. All navies were informed accordingly. (IMB)

Several wounded in Kwabre clashes

Several people have been wounded in clashes in the Kwabre East district of the Ashanti region. Two groups fought each other with machetes and other weapons in Ahwiaa on Saturday before police fired warning shots. An unspecified number of people were arrested in connection with the unrest.

Nine killed in Yapei bus crash

At least nine people have been killed and 30 others wounded in a bus crash near Yapei in the Northern Region. A Kumasi-bound bus hit another vehicle in a head-on collision on Saturday morning in the Central Conja District. Investigations are underway into the cause of the crash.

Three arrested over possession of explosives

Three men have been arrested in possession of explosives in the town of Odorkor. One of the suspects has reported links to the Islamic State (IS) group and the security forces are involved in the preliminary investigations. Seven grenades were discovered when police carried out the raid on Monday morning.

Three killed in armed attack in Bimbilla

Three people have been killed and eight others were detained when armed criminals engaged in a violent gunfight in Bimbilla, north-eastern Ghana. Local media reported that armed criminals riding a motorcycle opened fire at a group and later fled the scene. Shooting incidents in Bimbilla frequently occur and have recently been the cause behind high-levels of criminality in the region. For several months a curfew has been imposed in the town over the increasing number of attacks.

Four members of security forces shot by herders

Three soldiers and a police officer have been shot and wounded in a shooting in the Ashanti region. The security forces were ambushed by suspected herders in the Asante Akyem North District. The Agogo District Police Commander, ASP Samuel Azagu, said no arrests have been made so far.

Seven arrested on extortion charges

Seven people, including a police officer, have been arrested in the Upper West region for alleged extortion. Police Commander DCOP Boapeah Okyere said narcotics were also recovered from the suspects following the raid in Wa. Constable Nana Amako Donkor was among those detained.

Deadly outbreak of H1N1 in Ghana

Four students have died of swine flu (H1N1) in an outbreak at a school in Kumasi. Twelve students tested positive for the virus at the Kumasi Academy School. Additional vaccinations have been sent to the school in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease.

Police arrest two suspects over shooting incident

Police in Ghana have arrested two people suspected of being members of an armed gang. The pair are accused of carrying out an attempted armed robbery on a vehicle in Omenako, before engaging in a gun battle with police. “The police had information that there was a robbery going on at Omenako close to Suhum so the patrol team quickly moved to the crime scene, and upon reaching there they met the suspected robbers who exchange gunfire with the police,” said the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh.

Fuel depot blasts kill seven in Accra

An explosion at a fuel depot in Ghana's capital, Accra, has killed at least seven people and wounded more than 100 others. The blast was reportedly caused when a tanker delivering natural gas caught fire, sparking a series of explosions. President Nana Akufo-Addo said the incident "has left me devastated," vowing that the government would ensure "such an incident does not occur again." The incident is the latest in a series of accidents at fuel depots in Ghana; in June 2015 a similar explosion killed more than 100 people in the capital.

Police officer attacked by mob in Western region

A police officer has been assaulted by a mob in the Western region of Ghana. Sergeant F. Okyere was attacked with sticks and other weapons near the Abura station in Kwesimintsim at the weekend. The sergeant's rifle and ammunition were also stolen during the attack.

Deadly robbery in Kasoa

One person has been killed and two others wounded in an armed robbery in Kasoa in the Central region. Assailants armed with AK47s stormed a house near the Great Lamptey Mills School on Wednesday morning. The two injured were taken to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for treatment.

Hundreds flee clashes in Brong-Ahafo

Hundreds of people have fled clashes between Fulani herders and Konkomba herders in Ghana's Brong-Ahafo region. There have been a series of tit-for-tat attacks in the region, with herders accused of destroying crops with their livestock and farmers accused of torching Fulani houses. A spokesman for the herders, Charles Amoako, accused the local police commander of supporting the farmer's attacks and failing to protect them.

MP robbed at gunpoint in Ashanti

A Ghanian Member of Parliament has been robbed at gunpoint in the Ashanti region. Alex Adomko-Mensah, MP for the Sekyere Afram Plains, was driving between Kumasi and Kumawu when he was targeted. The assailants stole cash and valuables before fleeing towards Effiduase. No arrests have been made in connection with the attack.

Armed robbers shoot two police officers

A police officer has been killed and another wounded during a clash with armed robbers in Accra. “Two police personnel on their routine motorbike patrols within Lapaz were shot by two unidentified men on an unregistered motorbike who are currently on the run,” said ASP Effia Tenge of the Public Affairs Unit. Investigations are underway to find the assailants.

Armed robber shot dead by police in Kumasi

An armed robber has been shot and a police officer wounded during a gunfight in Kumasi.  The suspect was reportedly a member of a local criminal gang that killed a police officer in Tema and carried out a series of robberies in the Ashanti region. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Juliana Obeng said the incident happened on Monday morning.

Illegal mine collapses in Western Region

At least 14 people are trapped and feared dead at an illegal mine in the Western Region. The Nsuta District Police Command said the mine at Prestea-Nsuta collapsed following torrential rain. Five people managed to escape from the site.

Police clash with protesters in Tema

Several people have been wounded during clashes between protesters and police in the port city of Tema.  Hundreds of local residents gathered to protest against poor working conditions at the port, which is currently undergoing an $115m expansion project.  Employees of the Chinese Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) claim that they are paid and treated worse than their Chinese counterparts.

Ghana hit by nationwide blackout

Ghana was hit by a nationwide power blackout after a power surge on Wednesday evening.  Bernard Avle, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO), said investigations were underway to determine the cause of the outage.  The last recorded nationwide power failure was in January 2016, which was attributed to a "system collapse".

Storm at Kintampo waterfall kills 20

Around 20 people have been killed during a storm at a waterfall in Kintampo in Ghana's Brong-Ahafo region.  The victims - reported to be students and tourists - were hit by a tree that was brought down by strong winds on Sunday.  Ghana’s minister for tourism, Catherine Abelema Afeku, said: "We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured.”

Death toll rises in Bimbilla violence

At least 11 people have died during ongoing violence in Bimbilla in the Northern Region of Ghana.  Two rival factions clashed in the town last week over a chieftaincy conflict which has been ongoing since the 1990s.  Ten bodies were found by the security forces, while an eleventh victim died in hospital earlier this week.  Calm has been restored to the town, although social and economic activities have come to a standstill.

Deadly clashes kill a dozen in Bimbilla

Nearly a dozen people were killed and several others injured amid inter-faction clashes in Bimbilla, north-eastern Ghana. According to the authorities, at least 21 people have been arrested as clashes escalated on Thursday over grievances regarding a local leader. Despite police re-enforcement in the area, confrontations are likely to erupt in the coming days.

NPP activists protest in Accra

Members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) protested outside the offices of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) on Monday over the appointment of some government members.  Two people were arrested during the protest for violating the Public Order Act, claiming the rally was held without a permit.  “Regarding yesterday’s [Monday’s] unannounced demonstration of some sympathizers believed to be NPP supporters, the police quickly moved in and we have been able to arrest two persons. We are making all efforts to prosecute them for that conduct,” said the Accra Regional Police Command. 

Two wounded in Kenyasi clashes

Two people have been wounded in clashes between Christians and Muslims in Ghana's Ashanti region.  The violence erupted during a football match arranged to foster community relations in the Kawbre East district.  A player refused to leave the pitch after he was sent off, leading to clashes between rival supporters.  Police have been deployed to the area while the wounded were taken to Kenyasi for treatment.

President Mahama concedes defeat to Akufo-Addo

Ghana's incumbent president, John Mahama, has conceded defeat to former foreign minister Nana Akufo-Addo in the country's elections. Akufo-Addo said that Mahama had called him "congratulating me on winning the 2016 Presidential Election". Ghana's state media has also confirmed the result.

Election commission website hacked

Ghana's electoral commission (EC) website has been targeted by hackers as votes are counted in the country's general elections.  "We deplore the attempt to hack the EC's website. Please respect the integrity and independence of the EC," it said in a statement.  Most polls closed at 17:00 local time on Wednesday and a close contest is predicted between incumbent John Mahama and his rival Nana Akufo-Addo.  In neither candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote a run-off will be held later this month.

Political rivals clash in Northern region

At least five people have been injured in clashes between supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Chereponi in the Northern region.  The incident happened at a market square when some NPP members threw stones at their NDC rivals on Monday night.  One person from Kablani was reportedly killed in the violence, although this has not been confirmed.  The two group engaged in similar clashes in September, which left three people wounded.

Supporters of rival political parties clash in Northern Region

At least seven people have been wounded in clashes between supporters of Ghana's two main political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the major opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).  "The village is closer to the hometown of the NDC parliamentary candidate so while the NPP were having the rally, all of a sudden they (NDC) organised themselves and attacked them," a local resident told Starr FM.  Police were deployed to restore order in the village of Wulensi in the Northern Region.

Twenty killed by dengue fever in Burkina Faso

At least 20 people have been killed by a dengue fever outbreak in Burkina Faso.  Around 2,000 cases of the disease have been reported in the country across all 12 districts of the capital, Ouagadougou, while there have also been outbreaks in the Sahel Region and Hauts-Bassins.  The outbreak has promoted the health ministry in neighbouring Ghana to issue a warning that the disease could spread across the region.

Missing woman feared kidnapped in Tarkwa

The family of a missing woman fear that she has been kidnapped.  Mary Aba Anokye, 28, went missing on Monday while looking for work in the mining town of Tarkwa in the western Region.  The family say that they received an SMS from her which said she was being held against her will at a place called the Lebanese Home.  Security forces have been deployed to investigate.

Bomb found near to the house of Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister

An explosive device was discovered near the home of the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Andy Osei Okrah, in Nhyieso on Monday. “The two people were on a motorbike and they went to drop it at the Deputy Minister’s residence. They dropped two gas cylinder and dynamite. They were trying to fix it but the security man at the house saw them and he raised an alarm,” a source told the Pulse news agency.  Officials from the anti-bomb squad of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) returned to the site Tuesday morning to retrieve the explosives.

Several wounded as police opens fire at protesters in Donkorkrom

Clashes between police officers and protesters left 14 people injured in Donkorkrom, eastern Ghana. The violence was triggered during a demonstration staged by local residents over the prison break of three people involved in the heist of a bank bullion van. The escalation happened as the authorities opened fire at the protesters that surrounded a town's police station and set it ablaze. The fugitives, including two police officers, are suspected of killing the driver of a bank bullion van and injuring a security officer during an unsuccessful robbery attempt in the nearby Maame Krobo, Affram Plains district, on Monday.

Ten dead in Cape Coast flooding

At least 10 people have been killed after severe weather caused flooding along the southern coast of Ghana. The deaths were recorded in the city of Cape Coast, while many streets of the capital Accra were also flooded by the torrential rainfall. The rain also damaged several cocoa plantations, which were already struggling due to the Harmattan, the cold and dry winds which sweep across West Africa from the Sahara during the winter months.

Security increased over leaked warning memo

Border security has been increased in Ghana after a leaked intelligence memo was published in the national media.  "Intelligence gathered by the ... NSCS [National Security Council Secretariat] indicates a possible terrorist attack on the country is real. The choice of Ghana according to the report is to take away the perception that only Francophone countries are the target," said the memo.  President John Mahama has warned against public panic over the warnings, which comes after recent attacks in neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso.

Bus crash kills at least 53 in Tomale

A bus has crashed in northern Ghana, killing at least 53 people. According to the regional police chief, Maxwell Atingane, the bus was heading from Kumasi to Tomale when its breaks failed and it collided with a loaded truck.  President John Mahama offered his condolences to "those who've lost loved ones", while members of the public have expressed outrage at the safety record of the state-owned bus company.

Curfew placed in Tafo

The Ashanti Regional Security Council has declared a curfew after clashes between Muslims and non-Muslims. The confrontation in the southern city of Tafo occurred when Muslim youths attempted to build a fence in a local cemetery, leading to clashes during which several people were wounded. The authorities are enforcing the curfew in order to bring the situation back to normality.

Meningitis death toll rises to 30 in Ghana

An outbreak of pneumococcal meningitis has killed at least 30 people since October last year, according to the Ghanaian health authorities.  More than 110 cases have been reported in seven districts in the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Northern Regions.  The latest deaths were reported over the weekend in the Offinso Municipality in the Ashanti region, with two people confirmed dead from four cases.

Ghana suspends high court judges over bribery allegations

Ghana has suspended seven of 12 High Court judges over allegations of bribery.  The claims stem from a documentary made by an investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who filmed judges asking for bribes. “Their suspension follows the establishment of a prima facie case of stated misbehaviour against them by the Hon Lady Chief Justice [Wood],” said a statement from the country’s judicial service.

Three killed at Akyem-Akooko protest

Three people have been killed and six others seriously wounded after police opened fire at a protest in Akyem-Akooko in Ghana's Eastern Region.  The regional Police commander said the officers were acting in self-defence during the unrest on Tuesday.  Local residents were demonstrating against a local priest, who has been accused of engaging in money rituals and known as 'Sakawa", which involve human sacrifices.

Peace FM journalist shot dead in Ghana

A journalist for the Accra-based Peace FM has been shot dead in Ghana's Brong Ahafo region.  The reporter, named as King George, was shot at close range by suspected armed robbers at Kwapong near Sakore on Thursday afternoon. Police say they are investigating the incident.

Doctors stop emergency services in strike over conditions

Doctors in Ghana have stopped providing emergency services in a strike over their conditions of service. For more than a week, out patient services at state-run hospitals have been closed because of the dispute. The government says it has put in place plans for urgent cases, including bringing in private doctors. Government officials have advised people needing urgent medical attention during the strike to go to private clinics and show their health insurance cards. 

Clashes erupt at slum demolition in Accra

Police have fired tear gas at protesting residents during the demolition of a slum in Ghana's capital, Accra.  Bulldozers razed hundreds of homes in the slum, which is known locally as Sodom and Gomorrah, to allow authorities to widen a lagoon to prevent a repeat of the deadly flooding which hit the city earlier this month.

Health ministry on alert for cholera outbreak

Ghana's health ministry says it is on alert to deal with a potential outbreak of cholera in the capital, Acra, following recent flooding. “Because of the nature of the amount of water that has flowed, we should also start planning or taking preventive action for the likes of cholera so that we will not be caught in the same way that we were in the past,” said Health Minister Alex Segbefia.

Petrol station blast kills 90 in Accra

At least 90 people have been killed in an explosion at a petrol station in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.  The petrol station was packed with people sheltering from torrential rain when the explosion happened.  Hundreds of people have been left stranded across the city, while some districts are without electricity after the heavy rains caused flooding.  Forecasters are predicting more rain over the course of the next week.

Protests continue over worsening power situation in Ghana

Thousands of people have taken part in a protest in Kumasi over the irregular fuel supplies and faltering economy in Ghana.  The demonstration was organised by the Movement for Change, a pro-opposition pressure group, who also called on the government to reduce fuel prices.

Ghana prison fire sparks rioting

An inmate has been killed and four police officers wounded after a fire a prison in Ghana sparked rioting and an attempted jail break.  The fire was reportedly sparked by faulty lighting in one of the cells, quickly spreading to other parts of the prison and forcing the guards to evacuate inamtes from their cells.  The spokesman for the prison, located in the city of Kumasi, said one inmate was shot dead when he tried a grab a weapon from one of the officers during the chaos.

Workers protest over high cost of living

Thousands of Ghanaian workers have protested in the capital, Accra, over the rising cost of living in the country.  The nationwide strike, which was organised by the country's largest trade union, is a response to the government's alleged mismanagement of the economy after inflation reached to 15 percent.

Possible Ebola outbreak investigated in Ghana

Ghana is investigating its first suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus, according to the health ministry.  The virus has so far killed more than 460 people since it was first reported in Guinea early this year, before spreading to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Last week the health ministers from 11 West African countries met in Ghana's capital, Accra, to discuss a collaborative approach to deal with the outbreak.

Ghana Data Sheet

24.2 million
Major Religion/s:
Christianity, Islam
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Emergency services:
Ohter Major Cities:
Kumasi, Tamale
Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo