- “We now have no religion that the Nationwide Safety Ministry can present a passable investigation into the damning allegations and due to this fact want to advise Authorities to arrange an impartial physique of inquiry into the matter.”
Operatives of nationwide safety picked up Kudah for allegedly filming on the premises of the Nationwide Safety Ministry and was later launched after questioning.
In a TV interview, Kudah alleged that he was manhandled previous to being questioned on the ministry.
“They took me to a police submit the place I met DSP Azugu however this time the gentleman had informed everyone that I had come there and breached the protocols making an attempt to trigger drawback.
“All of the cops there turned agitated and aggressive in the direction of me so that they took me to a smaller workplace and I confirmed them my ID and I informed them that I’m from Citi, I agree I shouldn’t have taken them, let’s delete it and please let me go however they wouldn’t.
“He mentioned, ‘take his assertion.’ He pushed me, I sat on the chair. They slapped me from the again. These are cops, males in uniform. Some had been bearded and had weapons,” he recounted.
The Nationwide Safety Ministry has in an announcement mentioned it should examine Kudah’s claims.
“The Ministry of Nationwide Safety needs to guarantee the Public that acceptable actions shall be taken if the allegations are discovered to be true”, the assertion mentioned.
Condemning the alleged assault on the reporter, OccupyGhana mentioned: “We now have no religion that the Nationwide Safety Ministry can present a passable investigation into the damning allegations and due to this fact want to advise Authorities to arrange an impartial physique of inquiry into the matter.”
Beneath is the complete assertion:
OCCUPYGHANA® DISTURBED BY ALLEGATIONS OF THE BRUTALISATION OF A JOURNALIST BY NATIONAL SECURITY
OccupyGhana® has taken discover of the allegations of assault by Nationwide Safety operatives on a journalist of Citi FM and Citi TV, Mr. Caleb Kudah. Information experiences and the sufferer’s testimony allege extra-judicial punishment from Nationwide Safety operatives together with slaps from behind, kicks from booted ft to his groin, molestation and brutalisation of his individual whereas he was handcuffed and couldn’t defend himself.
We now have additionally seen footage alleging a raid of Citi FM’s and Citi TV’s premises by operatives presupposed to be from the Nationwide Safety Ministry, to choose up one other journalist, Zoe Abu-Baidoo who particulars how she was ordered to delete pictures and movies on her personal telephone beneath intimidation by an individual recognized by each journalists as a Lt-Col Agyeman and accomplices equivalent to one Chief Inspector Ampadu.
We additionally take discover that the feminine journalist was not harmed bodily, however the gentleman was “labored over” by the operatives for greater than 5 hours. In no case, we additional discover, was any lawyer current for both journalist.
We now have additionally seen a letter presupposed to originate from the Nationwide Safety Ministry and signed by its Chief Director Lt-Col Ababio Serebour (Rtd) indicating the Ministry’s consciousness of the allegations and fairly unhelpfully claiming with none timelines that disrespects the intelligence of Ghanaians, the Ministry’s willingness to analyze the allegations and revert. We additionally discover the nonchalance in verbiage and the non-subtle try of the Chief Director of the Ministry to model the intense allegations and the Guantanamo Bay-styled assaults as “interrogation” that clearly didn’t respect the proper of the individual to a lawyer.
It goes with out saying that we in OccupyGhana©️ are troubled by these developments, and it’s with an iron will that we preserve civil language in the direction of the Nationwide Safety Ministry in issuing this press launch. These allegations, of their very nature, don’t have any place in a civilised democracy, a 29-year-old democratic experiment, and beneath a republican structure that touts the rule of regulation. The allegations define a bestial tradition of impunity, an animalistic disregard for primary human rights and a demonic manifestation of tendencies that don’t have any place even in a holocaust camp. We’re appalled and disgusted, and when confirmed true by an impartial physique, we demand that the perpetrators so named be charged with nothing lower than the crime of tried homicide, tried, convicted, jailed and dismissed from the employment of the federal government with none advantages.
Consequently, we ask the next questions:
1. Was Mr. Caleb Kudah, at any level throughout his accosting by the Nationwide Safety operatives, knowledgeable of what particular Ghanaian regulation he had breached by his cell phone documentation of the difficulty or object that had piqued his journalistic curiosity?
2. Was the journalist learn his rights at any level throughout Lt-Col Serebour’s (Rtd) description of an interrogation?
3. Beneath what regulation did Nationwide Safety operatives coerce each journalists into deleting supplies on their private cellular telephony gadgets?
4. The Chief Director of the Ministry of Nationwide Safety alluded to some “No Images” guidelines at restricted safety zones. Can he be sort sufficient to refer us to what regulation his description of such guidelines is grounded in?
We now have no religion that the Nationwide Safety Ministry can present a passable investigation into the damning allegations and due to this fact want to advise Authorities to arrange an impartial physique of inquiry into the matter.
The allegations of brutalities towards journalists usually are not new, however we’re disturbed that the assaults on members of the media hold getting bolder and bolder, and the impunity is assuming hellish proportions. This should cease instantly. If that is what occurs to journalists, then we shudder to think about what is going on to different unvoiced Ghanaians within the quiet by the hands of safety operatives.
Much more regarding for us is the data that Mr. Kudah was documenting autos acquired by Authorities and for which it had been claimed, had been disposed of and never left to rot as not less than two investigative journalists had uncovered over the previous two or so years. If that was the case, then his trigger was simply. That his quest to carry authorities accountable for tax-payer bills resulted in his alleged brutalisation sickens us immeasurably. As soon as impartial investigations affirm this horrible maltreatment of Mr. Kudah, authorities should perceive the depths of our disgust with its press freedom credentials if any of the perpetrators of those heinous allegations usually are not made to face the complete rigours of the regulation.
We reiterate that we totally assist members of the media within the discharge of their lawful duties. We remind authorities that it’s unpardonable treachery to the residents when people who find themselves employed with residents’ monies, skilled with residents’ monies, paid with residents’ monies, clothed with residents’ monies, fed with residents’ monies, and (painfully) geared up and armed with residents’ monies, would flip spherical and use these arms to oppress the residents. And the worst insult to the residents could be if the perpetrators are efficiently sued in courtroom; then residents’ monies could be used to pay the damages awarded. We clearly have realized nothing from the Ayawaso West Woguon incidents and we strongly demand that authorities takes instant and agency steps to finish this despicable anti-democratic backslide.
Yours, for God and Nation