Friday, 25 June

Oppong Nkrumah visits Citi FM over police raid, assault of journalists

General News
Oppong Nkrumah at Citi FM office

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has visited the two journalists who were allegedly assaulted by National Security operatives.

He paid the visit on Friday, 14 May 2021, to commiserate with the victims and assure them of further investigations into the matter.

“As a colleague and as a Minister for the sector, I came by this morning to pay you a visit and also to express to you the worry with which we receive the account on what transpired at the National Security. We were worried because it does not reflect how the staff of a security agency should treat anybody, be the person a citizen, let alone a journalist", he said.

"If that person is under investigation, assisting an investigation or being suspected as having done something untoward like, in this case, the suspicion of going contrary to the rules there, it still will not warrant that particular conduct as reported,” Mr Nkrumah said.

Last Tuesday, National Security operatives detained Caleb Kudah for allegedly filming a no-photography area while at the premises of the National Security Ministry.

He was released after questioning.

However, addressing the management of the Accra-based media house, Mr Oppong Nkrumah called for patience on the matter and assured of further investigations.

Beyond that, the minister urged the management of the media house to take advantage of the newly-established office of the Coordinated Mechanism for the Safety of Journalists, to trigger further investigations into the matter.

The management used the opportunity to thank Mr Nkrumah for the show of support.

Abuse by National Security Operatives

Mr Kudah alleged that he was manhandled by the security operatives during his interrogation.

He claimed he was slapped repeatedly by the national security operatives who arrested him on Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at the premises of the Ministry for secretly recording some alleged abandoned cars within the MASLOC yard.

“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.