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Constable brutally assaults media person for asking a question

By
Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Takoradi, Aug. 25, GNA
– The Western Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has
expressed shock and displeasure at the conduct of a police constable against
Nana Adu Kyei Danso Abiam, the host of “Wcnsom wcnsom” a programme on
skyy power FM.

The crime of the
journalist was that he dared to ask the officer why he rode a motorcycle
without a helmet.

The officer,
identified as Constable Wilson Bossey, is said to have brutally assaulted Nana
Abiam also known in the media as Akyeamehen.

This incident which
occurred around Arch Bishop Porter Girls Senior High School, took the timely
intervention of some taxi drivers to save the situation.

The facts available
indicates that the victim who was in an Accra bound vehicle questioned the said
officer why he rode a motorcycle without a crash helmet.

This angered the
officer and he ordered the vehicle to stop and dragged the journalist from the
car and physically assaulted him and later handed him to a police patrol team
to be sent to the Sekondi police station.

And all this occurred
because the journalist by his training felt it was within his right to ask why
the constable who is a guardian of the law was also riding a motorcycle without
a crash helmet as required by the law.

A statement jointly signed
by Regional Executives of the GJA: Mr Zambaga Rufai, Acting Secretary, Mr Moses
Dotsey, Chairman and Mrs Mildred Siabi-Mensah, Treasurer, (the Regional
Executives of the GJA) expressed their displeasure by the unfortunate
development orchestrated by not less a person than an officer in charge of
enforcing the laws of the country.

Consequently, “we
demand an absolute and thorough investigation into the matter by the Regional
Police Command; refund of the transport fare including a compensation package
for interrupting his planned programme schedules”.

We again demand the
payment of the hospital bills incurred by the victim after the unprovoked and
severe beatings he suffered at the hands of Police Constable Bossey.

The executive members
said they are committed to work in collaboration with the police service to
promote and maintain law and order in the country, but they were also bound by
duty to expose officers and citizens who would engage in any form of
lawlessness to subvert the democracy of the country.

“The conduct of
the journalist in question we believe was in the right direction, he has
constantly demonstrated his love for the country through his civic education
programme on skyy power FM “Wcnsom wcnsom”.

‘We are counting on
your cooperation as we work together to sanitize our democracy as a country,
address breeding lawlessness, promote good governance and to make democratic
Ghana safer for all citizens”.

GNA

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