Ghana ALERT: MP’s aide assaults journalist

Monday, November 10, 2008

Eric Amoh, reporter of Ghana News Agency (GNA), a state-owned news wire service was on November 1, 2008 allegedly assaulted by Martin Ako, an aide to the Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central, Kofi Adda.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)’s correspondent reported that the aide slapped Amoh and rained blows on him, following his narration of a brawl between Adda and an aide to Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, at a rally in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region of Ghana.

The MP who is seeking re-election on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) had accused Alhaji Mahama of working against his interest. This accusation led to a confrontation between Adda and the Vice-President’s aide.

Amoh, who was an eye-witness, was narrating the incident to other journalists, when Adda’s aide pounced on him.
Another journalist, A. I. Mohammed of state-owned Ghanaian Times newspaper was injured on his right arm, when he attempted to save Amoh.
Amoh has since lodged a complaint with the police authorities who are yet to take any action.

Media Foundation for West Africa