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Citi FM’s journalist unauthorized entry into Nat’l Security premises unlawful – Report

A broadcast journalist, Caleb Kudah’s unauthorized entry into the National Security premises to film abandoned MASLOC cars within the car park yard was unlawful.

The committee set up by the Ministry of National Security to probe the alleged assault on the broadcast journalist has established.

Caleb Kudah, a journalist with Omni Media Limited-owned Citi FM and Citi TV was arrested near the Ministry of National Security car park for filming without authorization on Tuesday, May 12, 2021.

According to the National Security, the premises he shot the videos were prohibited.

He was detained for a 5-hour-period before released.

While in custody, Caleb narrates he was slapped repeatedly by the national security operatives.

“I was trying to appeal to them that they had beaten me enough but they were just slapping me from the back”, he narrated.

He continued “I’ll be talking to another one and someone will just come and slap me from the back.

The Ministry has therefore initiated investigations into the said allegations,” the Ministry said in a statement.

Heavily armed National Security operatives stormed Citi FM premises at Adabraka in three pick-ups to arrest his female colleague, Zoe Abu-Baidoo, a receipt of the filmed material via WhatsApp.

The manhandling subsequent raid were vehemently condemned by the general public.

The Ministry of National Security says it has initiated investigations into claims by Citi FM and Citi TV Journalist, Caleb Kudah, that he was assaulted by some National Security operatives.

The Ministry in responding to the arrest of Caleb Kudah and Zoe Abu-Baidoo, promised to take appropriate steps if the allegations are found to be true.

“The Ministry takes with all seriousness, the allegations of manhandling of the two journalists during the interrogation.

In a statement dated May 20, 2021, signed by the Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, it said the committee has completed its investigations on the assault on the young journalist and it found he breached security laws.

“The Committee also established that the journalists’ unauthorised entry into the premises of the Ministry of National Security was unlawful.”

Based on the findings, the four operatives who manhandled Caleb have been sanctioned. The sanctions include the reversal of the secondment of Lt Col. Agyeman as Director of Operations.

Also, the three police officers serving as operatives have been withdrawn.

Lt. Col. Agyeman is, therefore, to report to the Chief of Defense Staff for further investigation and appropriate action while the police officers are to report to the Ghana Police Service for investigations and disciplinary action.

“The Ministry of National Security wishes to assure the general public and particularly all media practitioners that the Ministry will expeditiously investigate any complaints against any personnel of its agencies.”

“The tenets of National Security in Ghana should be based on a Whole-of-Government and a Whole-of-Society approach and cooperation from all well-meaning Ghanaians,” it added.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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