Deborah Ansah, an ice water seller, who stole a three-month old baby girl at Avenor in Accra and sent her to Achiansa Nubesu near Suhum in the Eastern Region, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.
The Circuit Court, however, ordered that Deborah, 19, should serve her sentence in a Juvenile Girls Correctional Centre.
The court, presided over by Mrs Ruby Naa Adjeley Quaison who convicted Deborah on her plea, noted that, she has shown remorse.
According to the court, Deborah said she would not repeat the act, adding that, she did not know that it was an offence to steal somebody’s baby.
It noted that Deborah is unemployed and needs to learn a trade. The court therefore, directed that at the Correctional Centre she should be made to learn a trade of her choice.
Deborah’s conviction came after the court had ordered the Police to send her to Social Welfare to conduct checks on her background before the sentence. Deborah was therefore sentenced after the Police submitted the report.
Detective Inspector Judith B. Asante said the complainant; Alhassan Aminatu, is unemployed and lives at Avenor with her husband and their three month old baby girl.
The convict also resides at the same vicinity with the complainant.
According to Inspector Asante, the complainant underwent a caesarean surgery to have her baby and, therefore, could not do things on her own.
Prosecution said the accused, therefore, decided to offer assistance to the complainant by doing household chores for her.
On February 26, at about 1000 hours, the complainant after feeding her baby went to sleep, and left the convict and another who were playing Ludo game.
Prosecution said, the convict took the complainant’s baby and told a neighbour that they were going to the market.
When the complainant woke up, her baby was nowhere to be found and she reported the matter to the police at Tesano, Accra.
During investigations, prosecution said, it came to light that Deborah took the baby to Achiansa Nubesu, a village near Suhum, and informed her family that she had given birth.
Following a tip-off, prosecution said Deborah was arrested and, during investigations, she said she was being tormented by a spirit to have her dead baby replaced by the complainant’s daughter.
BREAKING NEWS: BoG takes over Unibank
The Bank of Ghana has announced it has taken over the management of private bank, Unibank.
The Governor of the central bank explained at a press conference, the takeover is due to challenges facing the bank. He mentioned weak supervisory standards and weak operations as the cause of the challenges.
Ernest Addison said the bank, adjudged the 6thbest performing company in Ghana at the Ghana Club 100 awards in 2017, provided inaccurate data during the central bank’s effort to resolve the problems last year.
He assured depositors their money is safe, stressing “we are not liquidating the bank, we are saving it.”
The take-over comes weeks after Unibank announced it was taking over adb.
The top management of Unibank are Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II who is Chief Executive Officer, Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director Owusu-Ansah Awere, Executive Clifford Duke Mettle, Director of Risk Management Kwesi Nkrumah Pimpah.
Photo: CEO Kwabena Duffour II was awarded the most enterprising young executive award in 2017.
The bank’s company secretary is Sylvia Assimeng-Archer, Executive Head of Treasury and Global Trade John Collins Arthur, Executive Head of Corporate Banking Elsie Dansoa Kyereh and Executive Head of Innovations and Business Execution Florence Ohene.
This executive management are expected to give way to new control, KPMG appointed by the central bank.
The bank was founded in 1997 by Kwabena Duffour who later became Finance minister under the Mills administration.
But after 20 years of private management, Kwabena Duffour who is a former Governor of the Bank of Ghana loses control of unibank to his former employers.
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