The Chief Executive Officer of Citi FM/Citi TV, Mr. Samuel Attah-Mensah has called for punitive actions against the Director of Operations of National Security, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Agyeman for kicking Citi News journalist, Caleb Kudah in the groin.
According to him, the soldier exhibited a high level of unprofessionalism on that occasion because no law allows him to physically assault Caleb Kudah who was in the custody of the National Security and did not resist arrest.
Caleb Kudah was arrested for filming some abandoned MASLOC cars parked within the premises of the National Security Ministry.
Another Citi Journalist, Zoe Abu-Baidoo, was also picked up later at the premises of Citi FM/Citi TV for receiving some video files from Caleb Kudah.
Following his release, Caleb Kudah has been recounting his harrowing experience during his time with the National Security operatives.
Mr. Kudah said he was slapped several times and physically assaulted by the security operatives, including Lt. Col. Agyemang who “kicked me in the groin”.
According to him, the operatives suspected he was Ewe and they said very derogatory things about Ewes, following which they asked him if he was an Ewe and he lied and said he was Fante, to save his skin.
Speaking on Citi TV, Mr. Samuel Attah-Mensah said the Director of Operations and the operatives who molested Mr. Kudah must be sanctioned to deter others.
Mr. Attah-Mensah insisted that their actions have brought disgrace to the entire government and the National Security as an institution.
“They have to take action against Colonel Agyeman because he is a disgrace to the government, he is a disgrace to the National Security, and he is not fit for that job. For this person to treat this young man (Caleb Kudah) like this because he has done something you (Col. Agyeman) consider inappropriate? Is this why we fought for democracy. Take him [Kudah] to court [if you think he did something wrong]. This is what we are saying. Process him for court, this is what we call due process. You don’t kick him in the groin,” he fumed.
Samuel Atta-Mensah said when the likes of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the 70s and 80s were fighting for this democracy, where were people like Lt. Col. Agyemang, but today “you come and turn everything upside down in the name of primitive National Security.”
On the same issue, the Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said the action by the national security has embarrassed Ghana on the international scene.
“National security should stop embarrassing us to the international community and even more worrying, they must stop exposing their pathetic cybersecurity vulnerabilities to criminals and potential enemies of Ghana — for as the experts have warned, the next frontier of war is cyberwarfare.”
Several other well-meaning Ghanaians, including lawyers, security experts, journalists and and civil society activists have equally condemned what the National Security operatives did to Caleb Kudah.