Here are the stories that made the news Monday:

1. Experienced Ghanaian diplomat KB Asante dies age 93

Senior citizen and retired diplomat Kwaku Baprui Asante has died. The family of the 93-year old statesman has confirmed his passing but gives no further details. Mr Asante was secretary to Ghana's first President Kwame Nkrumah and served in the civil service for more than 20 years. He entered politics after quitting the civil service in 1978. The statesman kept a column Voice From Afar published in the Daily Graphic for many decades.

2. National Security seizes $3.2m luxury vehicles smuggled into Ghana

The National Security has impounded two luxurious Mercedes Benz vehicles, with the street value of $3.2 million, allegedly smuggled into the country through the Aflao border. The two vehicles; Mercedes Benz 300 SL, (white colour) which costs about $1.8 million and Mercedes Benz 190 SL, black [$1.4 million], did not have the required documentation covering their importation into the country, Aflao Sector Commander of the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Frank Ashong, has confirmed to Myjoyonline.com.

3. Football legend George Weah sworn in as Liberian president

Tens of thousands of Liberians have witnessed the swearing-in of George Weah as the new president of Liberia, at a packed stadium on the outskirts of Monrovia. A former international football legend, George Weah replaces Africa's first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It's Liberia's first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.

4. Security expert warns of more jailbreaks

A security expert with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has warned there will be more attacks on security personnel unless Ghana’s security strategy is reformed. Dr Kwesi Aning explained to Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story Monday, the current security policy is vulnerable in the face of the changing security situation in the country. The KAIPTC Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research Director was reacting to the Sunday dawn cell break at the Kwabenya District Police Headquarters that saw the escape of seven hardened criminals.

5. Amewu summons 10 regional land administrators

The Lands Minister has summoned and charged all 10 regional land officers and their board chairmen to have a change in attitude to end the chaos in the country. John Peter Amewu said a concerted effort to improve the system from those in charge of land administration will earn the country a well-deserved recognition worldwide. He tasked them to ensure matter to do with land is done in a transparent and coherent manner to realise the 30-day turn around over land registration.

6. Liberia's transition good for West Africa – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has described the peaceful handing over of power from one democratically elected government to another in Liberia, and the swearing-in of President George Weah, as a good day for West Africa and Africa. According to President Akufo-Addo, the inauguration of President Weah “is an extremely important development in Liberian history, and in West African history. For us, in West Africa, I think the democratic consolidation that so many of us are seeking is taking place, and, that democracy is gradually being entrenched stronger and stronger in the body politic of our different states.”

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