At least 17 persons have so far been confirmed dead in the Bogoso-Appiatse explosion in the Western Region on Thursday, leaving hundreds of locals displaced, an official government statement said.

The police said preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.

“As at 17:00 hours, a total of seventeen (17) people have, sadly, been confirmed dead, and fifty-nine (59) injured persons had been rescued, bringing to seventy-six (76) the number of persons known, so far, to have been affected by the tragedy. Out of the fifty-nine (59) injured persons, forty-two (42) are receiving treatment and some in critical condition,” the Information minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a statement.

He added: “All hospitals within the vicinity are being used to treat injured persons, and an evacuation plan has been activated to move those in critical condition to medical facilities in Accra so they can get the needed assistance.”

Below is the full statement:

Relief centres
Speaking to the media, the Municipal Chief Executive for Prestea Huni-Valley Dr Isaac Asamani said they have set up relief centres to accommodate most of the displaced people as the search and rescue operation continues.

Queen Elizabeth Covid latest – Her Majesty tests positive for virus & suffering minor symptoms Buckingham Palace confirm

THE QUEEN, who is triple vaccinated, has tested positive for Covid after suffering from mild cold like symptoms, palace officials say.

Her Majesty expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week, despite her diagnosis.

The news comes after the Queen had come into direct contact with Prince Charles during the same week he tested positive for the virus.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “Buckingham Palace confirm that The Queen has today tested positive for Covid.

“Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week.

“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.”

Medikal Sentenced To Jail, Fined GHC3,600 For Brandishing Gun In Public

Ghanaian rapper, Samuel Adu Frimpong famed as Medikal has been convicted after pleading guilty for brandishing gun in public.

The multiple award-winning musician was convicted after he openly told the court he wants to change his not guilty plea to guilty.

In a report filed by EIB Network’s Court Correspondent Murtala Inusah, his plea was retaken and he admitted the offence.

The Court presided over by His Honour Emmanuel Essandoh has stood the case down for sentencing.

The La Hustle singer has been fined GHC3,600 and 9-months in prison on Monday, February 21 2022.

The court was expected to rule on an application filed by Medikal’s lawyers to order the police to release the Ruger nine-millimeter pistol belonging to the musician.

However, when the case was called Monday morning [Feb 21, 2022], Medikal told the court that he wanted to change his plea.

The charges were read out to him and he pleaded guilty to the charges.

Shortly after the case was recalled, Counsel for Medikal, Mr Emmanuel Yeboah Gyan who held Bobby Banson’s brief withdrew their services to the musician.