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Ablakwa condemns demolition of Bulgarian embassy in Accra, calls for parliamentary probe

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The lawmaker took to his Facebook page on Tuesday, March 15 to express his disgust at the alleged development, saying the minority caucus in parliament demands a full probe to unravel all the fats surrounding it.

He lamented a similar incident that was inflicted on the Nigerian Embassy, which more or less ruined the neighbourly relationship between that country and Ghana.

He went further to disclose that, in order to appease the Nigerian authorities, the Ghanaian taxpayer is currently funding the reconstruction of the Nigerian embassy.

Below is the full statement posted by Ablakwa on Facebook.

“DEMOLISHING OF BULGARIAN EMBASSY IN ACCRA IS A BLOT ON GHANA’S DIPLOMATIC CREDENTIALS – NDC CAUCUS IN PARLIAMENT DEMANDS A FULL PARLIAMENTARY PROBE

The alarming culture of impunity which has become unrivaled in its audaciousness must not be allowed to fester.

First, it was a brazen demolition of a Nigerian diplomatic property which predictably strained our bilateral relations with our West African neighbour, triggering a war of words and bringing us to the brink of conflict. Following a deescalation, the Ghanaian taxpayer, unbeknownst to many, is now spending millions of Cedis to restore the Nigerian diplomatic facility as adequate compensation.

Now, in an even more shocking, exceedingly lawless, provocative and mafia-style operation — the Bulgarian Embassy in Accra at 10 Kakramadu Road, East Cantonments has been completely razed to the ground.

According to eye witnesses, the armed rogue elements with extra fortification from deviant land guards and errant personnel allegedly from the Cantonments Police Station had the sheer effrontery in broad day light to evict Bulgarian Embassy staff, throw out inviolable assets belonging to the Bulgarians and assault the Honorary Consul, Mr. Nicolaas C.M. van Staalduinen in his effort to restrain them. Valuables including generators, computers, printers, refrigerators, archival documents which represent a treasure trove of deep historical bonds and a stash of vital diplomatic exchanges were not spared by the marauding encroachers.

They subsequently returned at dawn to demolish the entire Embassy.

The perpetrators are now building their own structure with the speed of light, at day and night, to conclude their nefarious mission.

This aggressively mindless attack is usually considered a declaration of war.

Without a scintilla of doubt, Ghana’s conduct amounts to a grotesque violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961.

Article 22 of the Convention provides:

  1. The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.
  2. The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.
  3. The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.

Credible and verified information point to the fact that all these grave violations have been possible because of a “powerful man” behind the invasion, demolishing, construction and purported takeover. I shall have him exposed in due course, save to add that those who consider themselves strategic allies of the Akufo-Addo presidency must reflect deeply on how their conduct will impact on the long term legacy of their most-favoured government.

Documents I have reviewed and some of which I would attach to this publication reveal how helpless the Foreign Ministry and the Lands Commission appear to be in this matter even after they have confirmed with incontrovertible evidence that the Bulgarians have a valid lease for a term of 50 years since 1983.

As a Ghanaian and Ranking Member on Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, it is terribly embarrassing to hear comments about this despicable scandal in diplomatic corridors and how another blatant violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 with such reckless brute force is casting a slur on our hard won image in the comity of nations.

The NDC caucus in Parliament and the vast majority of law abiding Ghanaians would certainly not accept this detestable misconduct neither are we going to allow the criminal masterminds to get away with this.

I shall like to commend the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor for promising to take positive steps to halt the construction at the Bulgarian Embassy premises when I brought this to his attention yesterday.

May I add, though, that the unresponsiveness of Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to numerous queries from the Bulgarians, particularly after the Bulgarian government sent a delegation led by Ambassador Yanko Yordanov to Ghana last month, have been most unhelpful in easing tensions.

That notwithstanding, the NDC Caucus in Parliament shall be demanding a full public parliamentary probe into these bizarre circumstances with the view to identifying all the conspirators and bringing them to justice.

We shall not allow the shadowy characters behind this hideous act to enjoy the comfort and security of anonymity; we shall smoke them and their collaborators out, and ensure that never again would a few greedy bandits damage our hitherto high diplomatic reputation.

While applauding the Bulgarians for their exceptional patience since coming under their first bulldozer attack at 3am on 26th April, 2017; it must be emphasized that a friendly country such as Bulgaria which shares rich historical ties with Ghana from the Nkrumah era, and has only recently announced a generous scholarship package for our student evacuees from Ukraine does not deserve to be subjected to crass lawlessness from a few corrupt nepotistic brigands determined to tarnish Ghana’s good name.



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Our politicians are ‘the real fraud boys’ – Efia Odo

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She added that because of this they are the real swindlers in the country.

“There’s money in the system, it’s shared amongst politicians. They’re the real fraud boys!” she posted on her Twitter, Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

The socialite’s comments come at a time when the details of a will by the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie who was the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission has shocked Ghanaians.

The will contains a mind-blowing list of properties including some parcels of land at the Achimota Forest.

Portions of the Achimota Forest lands in his will have been allocated to his family relatives.

Page 4 of the will, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, whose office was situated at the Achimota Forest until his death, stated that “I give my land situated at the Achimota Forest in the name of Jakaypro Limited and measuring 5.541 acres to the following persons forever.”

  1. Yaw Amoateng Afriyie   –            One (1) acre
  2. Eva Akua Afriyie         –             One (1) acre
  3. Ivy Akua Afriyie            –            One (1) acre
  4. Elizabeth Asare Boateng (aka Mother)  –  One (1) acre
  5. Michael Owusu          –              1.541 acres

Page 5 of the will also states that “I give my land also situate at the Achimota Forest in the name of Fasoh Limited and measuring 0.987acres to my nephews Michael Owusu, Yaw Boadu and Kwabena Amoateng forever.”

“I jointly own a piece of land at Achimota Forest with Charles Owusu. Upon my demise, my portion of the said land should be given to Ruth Korkor Odonkor,” it added.

“I give my portion of land that jointly own at the Achimota Forest in the name of DML Limited to Elizabeth Asare Boateng who at the time of making this will is domiciled in the USA forever,” the will stated.

Sir John in the will indicated that he owned land at the Ramsar area in Sakumono in Accra.

“I give my land situated at the Ramsar area at Sakumono in the Greater Accra Region and measuring 5.07 acres to my sisters Abena Saah and her children, Comfort Amoateng and her children, Abena Konadu and Juliet Akua Arko and her children on equal share basis forever,” he said.

The Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) defines a Ramsar site as “a wetlands site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar convention. It provides for national action and international cooperation regarding the conservation of wetlands, and wise sustainable use of their resources.”

According to CERSGIS, the Sakumono site “is the only wetland wholly owned by the government and is meant for protecting Sakumono, Tema and their environs against floods and pollution, for the breeding of fish for the Sakumono Lagoon, as well as recreational activities.”



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TikTok Star: Jackline Mensah sizzles in birthday photos

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To commemorate her 20th birthday, she took to social media, Instagram precisely, to share dazzling photos from her birthday shoots and netizens and fans are in awe.

In a series of photos sighted by Pulse.com.gh, The influencer is seen in two different stunning regalia. She dazzled rocking a sparkling purple dress with elaborate sleeves for the first outfit which she ‘teased’ fans showing her flawless skin.

Jackeline’s second look was an ethereal emerald-colored dress with its base designed beautifully like a fishtail dress. The dress brought out her voluptuous physique like never seen before over the ‘legally blonde’ frontal wig she had on.

She captioned the lovely photos :

“+1 Cheers to my new age. On this day I celebrate on. Thank you God for the gift of life. Thank you for all the wonderful things you keep doing in my life. It’s my day say a prayer for me. “

Social social media comments from fans and celebrity friends:

1.Actress @Yvonnenelson reacted:

“Happy Birthday baby girllll”

2.Clemento Suarez commented:

“Happy birthday super star. I’m always proud of you”

“Happy birthday superstar! More blessing”

4Jenni_frank commented stating:

“My baby girl. Happy birthday”



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Van Vicker and his wife enjoy vacation in Spain

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The happy duo may have just taken some time off their busy schedule to let their heads down on some of the most rejuvenating beaches in the heart of Spain.

A photo on Van Vicker’s page on Instagram shows a beautiful moment captured along the seashore of him together with his wife beaming in their white vacation regalia.

Van is seen in white shorts beautifully matching his white wavy shirt which he flaunts his chiseled abs with an open button whiles Adwoa takes us on a summer cruise in similar outfits but with a bit of skin display; a vacation summer tradition.

The vacation photo on Van Vicker’s page was captioned:

” A little mollycoddle helps with “

Van Vicker has consistently expressed how much his significant other means to him publicly. Earlier this year, on January 24 when Adjoa Vicker turned 45, the award-winning actor indicated that he would go to any length to let the world know how his wife means to him and their children.

He captioned a lovely message for his wife who turned 45 and recounted how he met her when she was only 17 years old, adding that it was the first birthday he spent with her.



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