Here are the stories that made the news Monday:

1. Don't challenge authority – Army warns

The military has vehemently defended its invasion of a disputed land around Mallam in Accra where traders had their wares, including bags of salt, completely destroyed. Public Affairs Director of the Ghana Armed Forces Col Aggrey Quarshie told Joy News his men were only carrying out a duty, imposed on them by another state agency. He has told the aggrieved traders to “respect orders” and not to “challenge authority.”

2. Achimota student killer freed

An Accra High Court has set aside a judgment by a Juvenile court that jailed a final-year student of Achimota Senior High School in Accra for killing a female colleague in January 2017. The High Court said there was a miscarriage of justice because the juvenile court delivered a verdict without waiting for a social enquiry report. The jail term was imposed in September 2017 by a Juvenile court presided over by Bernardine S.A Senoo.

3. Destruction of cocoa trees for rubber plantation 'tiny' – Agric Minister

Agriculture Minister Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto has asked the media to stop exaggerating the impact of the felling of cocoa trees for rubber plantations in some communities. He said the destruction of the cocoa farms by the Ghana Rubber Estate Limited (GREL) in the Eastern and Western regions, represents a “tiny” fraction of such farms in the country. More than 5000 out of the estimated 1.7million acres of cocoa farms in Ghana have been destroyed to prepare the land for rubber plantations.

4. ECOWAS currency to be used in Ghana

Ghana could start using the single ECOWAS common currency, the ECO, from 2020, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has said. Speaking at the 2nd Meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Presidential Task Force on the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme, Mr Ofori-Atta said, “But the single currency for 2020 vision is that let’s find 2, 3 or 4 countries that are ready and then once they meet up, we follow through with the others cascading in." He said, "And it is clear, I mean the 350 million market is important to us for our industrialization drive and the population is something that is worthy. I think if Ghana positions itself well, we’ll be a great beneficiary of that so there’s every reason to do that.

5. Bring back 1992 Constitution – Togo opposition cries

The Coalition of opposition parties in Togo is demanding the reinstatement of the 1992 Constitution which puts a time limit on the tenure of a government in power. The parties are seeking an end to what they refer to as the dynasty of the Gnassingbe family which has ruled the West African country for over four decades. In a mediation talk led by Ghana’s president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, the parties said nothing will stop them from going back to the streets if the 1992 constitution is not reinstated.

6. Mallam market women challenge soldiers occupation

Angry traders at the Mallam market in Accra have accused the Sanitation Minister, Kofi Adda of masterminding an attack on them by soldiers last Thursday. The women allege the soldiers, on the said day, ordered them to leave the area where they sell but their refusal was met with beatings and destruction of their goods. About 185 bags of salt, according to the women were destroyed by the military officers.

7. Jubilation at Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital at last!

There was wild jubilation at the Ankaful Psychiatry hospital in the Central Region after the removal from office of the Medical Director, Dr Eugene Dordoye, Monday. The workers who had been on strike in protest over the leadership style of Mr Dodoye said they will immediately resume duty and give their best to their patients and to the country. According to them, they will be going to church on Sunday to give thanks to God for taking the burden of the Medical Director off their shoulders.

8. Hearts demand $56K from Nuttal before firing him

Hearts of Oak are expected to announce the sacking of head coach Frank Nuttal later today but the Accra-based club are demanding US$ 56,000 from the Scottish trainer after he was found guilty of pocketing the ‘’illegal sum’’ from the transfer of some of their players, according to reports. Nuttal, who was suspended last week for ‘’unsporting and unethical behaviour’’ is said to have transferred some Hearts players without the knowledge of the club. According to a leaked report of the three-member committee set up to look into the unethical behaviour of the coach, it revealed that Nuttall was paid US$ 50,000 and US$ 6,000 respectively from the transfer of two unnamed players.

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