Oppression of journalists, citizens by Akufo-Addo government must stop – Sammy Gyamfi

The Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the NPP-led administration of oppressing journalists in the country.

Taking to social media, Sammy Gyamfi described as “unlawful and preposterous”, the arrest of Citi FM’s journalist, Caleb Kudah and the “Rambo-style” invasion of the Accra-based radio station by operatives of the National Security.

He, therefore, called on the President to intervene and ensure that the oppression of media practitioners and the general public at large comes to a halt.

“The NDC condemns in no uncertain terms, the arrest of Caleb Kudah and the gestapo invasion of the office of Citi FM by armed National Security operatives. The act is unlawful and preposterous. The oppression of journalists and citizens by the despotic Akufo-Addo gov’t must stop,” he wrote.

The two journalists were on Tuesday, May 11, apprehended and accused of filming and disseminating a video taken at the premises of the National Security premises.

But both Caleb Kudah and Zoe Abu-Baidoo were later released by the security operatives after hours of interrogation.

Meanwhile, some Ghanaians on social media have questioned the authority of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Samuel Kojo Azugu, following reports by Citi FM General Manager Bernard Avle, that he ordered the aggressive invasion to pick up the 2 journalists.

Others have also expressed concern regarding the alleged assault of Caleb Kudah by the National Security operatives after his arrest.

According to the journalist, he was slapped multiple times and hit in the groin during the interrogation session.

“They took me to a police post where I met DSP Azugu. By this time, the gentleman had told everybody that I had come there and breached the protocols trying to cause problems.

“All the police officers there became agitated and aggressive towards me so they took me to a smaller office and I showed them my ID and I told them that I am from Citi, I agree I shouldn’t have taken them, let’s delete it and please let me go but they wouldn’t.

“He said, ‘take his statement.’ He pushed me, I sat on the chair. They slapped me from the back. These are police officers, men in uniform. Some were bearded and had guns,” he recounted.

Source: Joy News