French-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has said it “will make sure” that the investigations launched by the Ministry of National Security into the alleged assault of Citi FM reporter Caleb Kudah by some of its operatives after arresting the journalist in the act of secretly filming a no-photography zone while within the ministry “is carried out effectively”.
It described the incident as a “serious case” in a tweet on Friday, 14 May 2021.
Mr Kudah was arrested in the act of filming some abandoned state-acquired vehicles in the premises of the National Security Ministry a few days ago.
He allegedly forwarded the secretly recorded videos to his colleague at the office, Ms Abu-Baidoo, prompting an armed invasion of the Adabraka-based radio station by seven armed police officers in three Pickup trucks.
The incident has roundly been condemned by civil society organisations and Ghanaians on social media.
A few days ago, the Ministry of National Security issued a statement signed by Chief Director Lt. Col. Ababio Serebour (rtd), saying it “takes, with all seriousness, the allegations of manhandling” made by Mr Kudah and Ms Abu-Baidoo during their interrogation by operatives of the outfit for taking videos of a no-photography zone.
“The ministry has, therefore, initiated investigations into the said allegations”, the statement said.
It assured the public that the “appropriate actions shall be taken if the allegations are found to be true”.
Mr Kudah had claimed he was slapped repeatedly by the national security operatives who arrested him on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.
“They pushed me and I sat on the chair”, he told Citi TV, adding: “They slapped me from the back”.
“I was trying to appeal to them that they had beaten me enough but they were just slapping me from the back”, he narrated.
According to him, “I’ll be talking to another one and someone will just come and slap me from the back.”
One of the security operatives, Caleb noted, kicked him in the groin.