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No Cash Lost in GRA Fire!

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A number of blogs claimed that the Ghana Revenue Authority lost GHc 147 million cash in Head Office Annex fire.

No cash was lost to the fire, according to the GRA. Also, the story was originally published as a satire but was reported by other platforms without a caveat. 

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The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) lost GHc 147 million cash in the fire that ravaged its Head Office Annex at Circle in Accra. This claim was made by websites and blogging portals following Sunday morning’s fire.

It took a joint force from the Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Armed Forces at least six hours to douse the fire.


Our checks show that the claim was first published by [email protected], a ‘satirical website’. It was rated a satire by the website. However, it appears other platforms and sites which carried and reported it almost verbatim missed the satire rating.  

The GRA has also denied the claim.

“No loss of life, cash or cheques was recorded,” it said in a press statement.

Caroline Anipah is the Programme Officer of DUBAWA, Ghana. She holds an MPhil in Communication Studies and an undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from the University of Ghana. She is a trained journalist and has engaged in various research activities with notable institutions including Ghana Statistical Service, German Development Institute (GIZ) and the USAID Evaluate for Health over the years. She has also worked with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on a regional (West Africa-wide) comprehensive research on the state of the media. She brings to the project and team, her experience in both media and research.

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