April 22, 2024

GJA Gives 10-day Ultimatum to NPP and Police to Take Action on Yendi MP

GJA President, Albert Dwumfuor

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has delivered a stern ultimatum to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Ghana Police Service, demanding swift action regarding the alleged assault on a Citi FM reporter by the Member of Parliament for Yendi, Hon. Farouk Aliu Mahama, during the NPP Parliamentary primaries two weeks ago.

At a Press Conference called jointly yesterday by the GJA, PRINPAG, GIBA, MFWA, the President of GJA emphasized the gravity of the incident and expressed concern over the apparent lack of decisive action. Mr. Albert Dwumfuor therefore set a 10-day deadline for both the NPP and the Ghana Police Service to address the matter adequately.

The Association said failure to take substantial action by the end of the stipulated ultimatum will compel the GJA to resort to further and drastic measures against Hon. Farouk Aliu Mahama. The MP is already facing a media blacklist, and the GJA warns that additional consequences may be imposed if the issue remains unaddressed.

The alleged assault took place during the NPP Parliamentary primaries where Mohammed Amin Alabira, a reporter for CitiTV/Citifm was physically assaulted with his smart phone snatched and smashed by the lawmaker for Yendi. Farouk Mahama who contested the internal polls alongside CEO of MASLOC, Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama, also allegedly ordered his boys to inflict further beatings on the reporter who eventually was rescued by the Police.

The attack has since sparked outrage among journalists with the GJA calling for a thorough investigation into the incident, urging the NPP and the Ghana Police Service to ensure justice is served. 

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