Ghana: Rampaging Mob Threaten To Kill Media Personnel, Force The Closure Of FM Station

The police have closed down Jerryson FM in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana after hundreds of angry people armed with cutlasses stormed the premises of the radio station to demand monies invested in a venture set up by the owner of the station.

The mob kidnapped the son of the Head of Sports at the station, according reports by Accra-based radio station, Joy FM.

The reports said on January 5, 2016, the mob also threatened to kill staff of the station if the Director failed to comply with their demands.  Jarstar Motors and Investments, which is owned by the Director of the radio station, took deposits from clients promising to give out a car after they have made full payment of the price of the car.

Later, the company ventured into a scheme, promising to give 50% interest on monies invested for two months. Suspecting an attempt to defraud them, the clients decided to vent their spleen on innocent media personnel at Jerryson FM, which is also owned by the founder of Jarstar Motors and Investments.

The MFWA strongly condemns the unwarranted attack on innocent staff of Jerryson FM. We call for the immediate release of the kidnapped child of the Head of Sports, and urge the police to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the wanton act of violence. More importantly, we call on the authorities to reopen the station immediately and to protect lives and property on the premises.

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