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Ghana: Radio show host and panellists arrested over comments about police

On 22 January 2014, Tinaa Adams, a morning show host on Sungmaale FM (a privately-owned radio station in the Upper West regional capital Wa) was arrested by some police officers.

The MFWA's monitor reported that the police – led by regional Public Relation Officer ASP Edmund Adinkra Nyamekye – also arrested two of the panellists who were on then, discussing the spate of armed robbery in the region. The police also seized some equipment from the radio station.

Adams was alleged to have said the police were abetting criminals. The two panellists were also reported to have said they knew where some armed robbers were hiding. The three were later released the same day.

At a press conference on 23 January, the Upper West regional police commander, ACP Kwesi Mensah Duku apologised for the poor conduct of his men.

"I want to reiterate that, what happened yesterday should be put behind us. We are sorry. It will never happen again," ACP Duku said.

We welcome the apology and hope the Ghana Police Service will follow due procedure when dealing with the media.

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