Ghana ALERT: Newspaper journalist abducted

Dauda Mohammed, a photographer of privately-owned The Insight newspaper was reportedly abducted by unidentified persons in Accra while taking pictures of a private mansion belonging to Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings.

The managing editor of the newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. told Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) that Mohammed was picked up about 17:00 Hours and that his whereabouts remained unknown.

Duke Tagoe, a colleague of Mohammed who accompanied him, told an Accra-based Joy FM radio station that the photographer was bundled into a BMW vehicle with registration number GW 8180 R and whisked away to an unknown destination.

The case was reported to the police who began investigations into the matter. However, Kofi Adams, an aide to the former President denied any knowledge and involvement of the security guards of the ex-president in the reported abduction. He told Joy FM that the former first family was not interested in the kidnapping of any journalist.

During the previous week, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings , the wife of the ex-president, had claimed on a radio station that the former first family had nowhere to live, since their official residence got burnt on February 14. The government and other critics doubted the claim by the former first lady. Pratt is one of such critics who claimed that Rawlings and his family could not be homeless since they owned private houses.

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