The action taken by National Security Minister Albert Kan Dapaah against the National Security officers who assaulted Citi FM Journalist Caleb Kudah is a first step toward resolving such issues, according to Mr Ben Ephson, Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch.
When asked if Mr Kan Dapaah’s action should be celebrated, Mr Ephosn told Dzifah Bampoh on 3FM’s First Take on Friday, May 21, “I think it is a first step, not celebration per se, but a first step and warning shot to the security agencies involved.”
He went on to say that the speed with which this matter was handled could be an indication of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-determination Addo’s to have a good record with the media.
“He hopes that when the government and media records are written and analyzed, he will have some positive outcomes,” he said.
The investigation into the recent alleged assault on Citi FM journalist Caleb Kudah has been completed by the Ministry of National Security.
According to Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister of National Security, in a statement dated Thursday, May 20, 2021, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Agyeman and some police officers’ behavior on that day was “inappropriate and violated the Ministry’s standard operating procedures.”
“The Committee also determined that the journalists’ unauthorised entry into the Ministry of National Security premises was unlawful.”
Among the Ministry’s actions were the reversal of Lt Col. Agyeman’s secondment as Director of Operations and the withdrawal of three police officers as operatives.
Lt. Col. Agyeman is expected to report to the Chief of Defense Staff for further investigation and appropriate action, while the police officers are expected to report to the Ghana Police Service for investigations and disciplinary action.
“The Ministry of National Security wishes to reassure the general public, particularly all media practitioners, that any complaints against any personnel of its agencies will be investigated expeditiously.
“The principles of national security in Ghana should be based on a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach, as well as cooperation from all well-meaning Ghanaians,” Mr Kan Dapaah stated.
Many objected to the Ministry’s notice to investigate this matter, claiming that there would be no fairness.
As a result, calls for an independent investigation into the incident have been made.