The Ashanti Regional Police Command says it is investigating alleged threats on the life of Erastus Asare Donkor, a journalist with Kumasi-based Luv FM, a subsidiary of the Multimedia Group.
This comes after the media organization petitioned the Regional Command against Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, who is reported to have launched a scathing attack on the reporter.
The lawmaker is alleged to have called for the reporter, Erastus Asare Donkor, to be beaten after the latter testified before the committee probing the disturbances in Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
“The petition is receiving attention and being investigated by the Regional Crime Officer, and any further developments will be communicated,” the Police in Ashanti said in a statement.
The police assured the public that it is handling the matter and urged calm.“Let us allow the police to investigate the matter and not to inflame passion and make comments that could ultimately mar the investigations,” police added in the statement.
Mr. Agyapong’s tirade against the journalist was in response to his reportage on the violence in Ejura on July 29, and his testimony before the committee probing the disturbances.
The Speaker gave the directive after the MP for Tamale, Alhassan Suhuyini made the request on the floor of Parliament.Mr. Suhuyini argued that the threats from Mr. Agyepong, who doubles as the Chairman of the Defence and Interior Committee of the House, on the life of the journalist were a dent on the reputation of Parliament.
The Ghana Journalists Association has also called out Mr. Agyapong recalling similar comments made by the MP ahead of the killing of Ahmed Suale, an investigator on Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger-Eye PI team.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH