Ghana ALERT: Ex- President guards attack journalists, destroy working equipment

Justice Lee Adoboa, reporter of Financial Intelligence, Ekow Moses of the daily Ghanaian Voice newspapers and Ignatius Annor, reporter of Radio Gold, a pro-government FM station were on April 22, 2009 allegedly attacked by security guards of the former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, for photographing his private residence without permission.

The guards also destroyed the working equipment of the journalists.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)’s correspondent reported that the journalists were part of a delegation from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), that went to the Ex President’s house following reports of flooding at his residence.

The correspondent said the guards at the Ex-President’s residence prevented the journalists from entering the house because his family had not been informed about the visit. The journalists converged outside the building and started taking photos and filing reports. This resulted in a scuffle between them and the security guards.

According to Annor, one of the guards seized his cellular phone on realising that he was filing a report to his radio station. He said the guard smashed the phone and his recorder.

Adoboa, also said after taking pictures of the NADMO coordinator and the family of the Ex-President, two of the security guards pounced on him, twisted his arm in an attempt to seize the camera. He said in the ensuing struggle, he gave the camera to Moses who the guard overpowered. The guard smashed the camera on the ground, stamped on it and removed the memory chip. He said they later returned the chip to him.

The Ex- President’s spokesperson, Frank Agyekum said on an Accra-based independent radio station, Joy FM, that to the best of his knowledge, the journalists were not attacked. He described the destruction of the working equipment of the journalist as “unfortunate“.

The journalists have filed a complaint at the Airport Residential area police station.

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