Owusu Bempah arrest: Police apologize to ‘assaulted’ journalists

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The Ghana Police has unreservedly apologized to some Ghanain journalists who reportedly were prevented from covering proceedings at an Accra Circuit Court when the founder and leader of the Glorious Word and Power Ministries International, Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah and four other persons were arraigned before it.

The apology follows an incident that happened at the premises of the Accra High Court where some persons supposed to be church members and followers of the accused assulted and prevented journalists from carrying out their duties.

The Police in a statement signed by the Acting Director General of Public Affairs, ACP Kwesi Ofori said the police administration is disturbed by the unfortunate incident and has commenced investigations into the matter to prosecute the perpetrators.

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“It has come to the attention of the police administration, that yesterday, Monday September 13, some journalists were prevented from entering the courtroom during the arraignment of the Head Pastor of the Glorious Word and Power Ministries International, Reverend Owusu Bempah, and three others.

“It has also been reported that some journalists were attacked and prevented from working at the court premises by some persons believed to be church members and supporters of the above-acussed persons. A team is currently the footage of the alleged assult of some of the journalist to identify the alleged perpetrators for immediate prosection,” the statement said.

The statement however promised to maintain it’s cordial relationship among the service and journalists as well as making sure their security is secured henceforth to allow them perform their duties smoothly without any harm.

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“We will continue to do everything possible to deepen the cordial Police-Media relationship and wish to give the assurance that journalist will be fully protected and allowed to do their work at all times including the subsequent coverage of this case,” the statement concluded.

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