A protocol officer at the Glorious Wave International Church in Sakumono has been arraigned before Court for leading an assault on Della Russell Ocloo, a reporter with the Graphic Communications Group Limited, ABC News can report.
Isaac Ampofo, 44 was hauled before the Adjabeng District Court in the Greater Accra District Monday for “intentionally and unlawfully “ assaulting the Graphic reporter by “twisting her hands” in an incident which occurred at the Church in August this year.
A statement of offence cited by ABC News stated that “You [Isaac Ampofo] on the 4th day of August 2019 at Glorious Wave International Church, Sakumono in the Greater Accra District and within the jurisdiction of this court, did intentionally and unlawfully assault one Della Russel Ocloo by twisting her hands.”
The suspect was however, granted bail to the tune of GHC 8,000 with one surety to reappear on November 6, 2019.
Ms Ocloo, a Tema Regional correspondent of the GCGL, was allegedly manhandled by some security details of the Church and two policemen when she went to the Church one Sunday to cover a demonstration by some women against Prophet Badu Kobi, the founder of the Church for comments he made against women of certain ethnic backgrounds.
The reporter is said to have taken a video of the congregants kneeling and holding the shoes of Prophet Kobi for him to bless them during the service.
Some of the congregants reportedly instructed Ms Ocloo to delete the said video, a directive which she refused, leading to the alleged assault on her.
Consequently, Ms Ocloo lodged a formal complaint of assault against 15 congregants of the Church and two policemen at the Sakumono police station for investigations to be conducted into the matter.
The facts of the case
Brief facts of the case, as indicated by the investigating officer in the statement of offence, suggest that Isaac Ampofo was the one who ordered Ms Ocloo to delete the video she had taken after his attention was drawn it by one of the cameramen at the church.
The facts suggest that a refusal by the reporter to delete the said video culminated in a struggle between her and some members of the church, including the accused person.
The reporter was later taken to the Sakumono Police Station after some police officers who were supervising the demonstration against Prophet Badu Kobi had “rescued” her.
At the Police Station, the reporter was asked to delete the video footage on her phone but she again refused, according to the facts of the case.
It said that Ms Ocloo, later in the evening, returned to the Sakumono Police Station to report a case of assault against 15 members of the Church during which she specifically mentioned Isaac Ampofo as leading the assault on her.
The accused person was subsequently arrested but he denied the offense in his caution statement.
“However, the Police medical report form issued to the complainant duly endorsed by Dr Joel Bondorin, a medical officer at Ghana Ports and Habours Authority, Tema disclosed that the complainant had a mild swelling at the right wrist and a decreased rate of joint motion right shoulder.
“The accused person was charged with the offence after investigations to appear before court,” the investigator recounted.