The Ministry of National Security says that it takes with all seriousness, allegation by Citi FM journalist, Caleb Kudah, that he was assaulted by operatives of National Security after he was dramatically arrested on Tuesday.
In a statement, the Ministry says it is probing the issue and will deal with anybody found culpable.
“The Ministry takes with all seriousness, the allegations of manhandling of the two journalists during the interrogation. The Ministry has therefore initiated investigations into the said allegations,” the Ministry said in a statement.
Caleb Kudah, who’s also the Host of BackPage, a news satirical show on Citi TV was arrested by heavily armed National Security personnel at the Adabraka office of Citi FM on Tuesday for filming some parked MASLOC vehicles on the premises of National Security.
He reports that while in the clutches of the Police, he was handcuffed and slapped about several times.
He was also made to kneel and then kicked in the groin by one Lt. Col. Agyemang.
Later another colleague of his, Zoe Abu-Baidoo was also picked up because Mr. Kudah had forwarded the video footage he had recorded to her with his phone.
He narrates the officers had taken his phone from him, impersonated him in a chat with Abu-Baidoo to lure her into confirming that she had received the video footage.
“They seized my phone and pushed me and I sat on the chair. They [National Security operatives] slapped me from the back. I was trying to appeal to them that they had beaten me enough, but they were just slapping me from the back. I’ll be talking to another one and someone will just come and slap me from the back.”
Both journalists have since been released while the conduct of National Security has garnered condemnation around the country.