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Residents of Ankaase, a farming community near Derma in the Brong Ahafo Region, were shocked to the marrow last Tuesday July 28, 2009, following the gruesome murder of a 14-year-old boy by his father for money ritual.

The boy, Paul, was allegedly beheaded by his father, a farmer who was known in the community only as Naa. The suspect, prior to the cold-blooded murder, had boasted that he was going to be rich very soon.

According to residents, Naa sacked his wife from their house in order to carry out the dastardly act.

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One person has been sentenced to life in prison and eight others to jail in Burundi over the murder of albinos whose remains were sold for witchcraft.

 Three other suspects were acquitted by the court in Ruyigi province over the the killings of at least 12 albinos.

 The victims were mutilated and their body parts sold in neighbouring Tanzania for use in potions.

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Friday, 29 May 2009

Witnesses have testified in the case of 11 men in Burundi, accused of the attempted murder of albino people and selling of their body parts.

Initial charges of murder have been dropped because the prosecution failed to produce enough evidence.

Police suspect the body parts are being sold in neighbouring Tanzania, for use in witchcraft.

Forty-six albino people have been murdered in Tanzania in the past 18 months, but no-one has been convicted.

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General News of Thursday, 23 July 2009

Akua Linda, believed to be 18 years old, has been grabbed by the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ashanti Regional Police Command for allegedly stealing a two-year-old albino boy. 

The suspect had told the police upon interrogation that she stole the boy under the orders of a certain man by name Biyanka who tried using the innocent boy perhaps for ritual purposes but to no avail.  

Akua Linda who was grabbed with the albino boy at the Kejetia Bus Terminal in Kumasi yesterday, Wednesday, July 22, 2009 has been detained in police custody assisting the law enforcement agents in their investigations.  

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 July 2009, 15:57 GMT

Workers of the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) say they are unhappy that qualified persons in the service are denied appointments to senior management positions.

Rather, they argue, those positions are given to people from other establishments such as the Ghana Police Service.

The workers say the situation is partly responsible for the persistent poor conditions of service.

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The Ghanaian Observer, Monday, July 13, 2009. Page 6 Story by Yahaya Kelven Rashid.

The spiritual leader and chief Imam of the Salawatia Muslim Mission of Ghana, Sheik Husain Rashid Kutubu Zaamani, has made a passionate appeal to parents and security agencies to put their resources together to curb the high usage of illicit drugs by the youth in the Northern Region.

According to him, recent reports indicates that Northern Region and for that matter Tamale is noted of fast becoming the hub of cocaine business.

The spiritual leader lamented that “The future of our youth is in jeopardy unless something concrete is done about this menace”.

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The enforcement of the Muslim Brotherhood/Sisterhood is one of the greatest social ideals of Islam. One of the most important sermons in Islam was the last Sermon of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on his last pilgrimage. It was based on social ideals and one of these social ideals is the complete realization of the Muslim Brotherhood/Sisterhood. In this connection, the Almighty Allah says in Quran 49:10; “The Believers are one Brotherhood/sisterhood, so make peace and sustain the brotherhood/sisterhood between your brothers and sisters; and fear Allah, so that you may receive Mercy.”

 In Sahih Al-Bukhari hadith 8.40; An-Numan ibn Bashir narrated that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said; “The believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love and kindness to one another, resemble the body. If any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness and fever with it and prays for it speedy recovery.” For instance if one of the ten fingers of a person is swollen, the whole body has a sleepless night and prays for the following day to come as quickly as possible.

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The Muslim brotherhood/sisterhood is fundamentally very important and the unity of Muslims cannot be realized without it. Indeed Islam cannot function effectively and efficiently if Muslims do not strictly adhere to the tenets of the Muslim brotherhood/sisterhood in Islam.

 The five times daily congregational prayers, the fasting in the months of Ramadan, the giving out of Zakat to the poor and the coming together of the Muslims during the Hajj are all factors to strengthen the brotherhood/sisterhood in Islam and furthermore to enhance the unity of Muslims.

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