On Monday, January 10, 2022, a group of 20 heavily armed police officers raided the offices of Accra100.5FM in Labone, Accra, in Rambo-style, to arrest the station’s news presenter Nana Ama Agyarko for obstructing their work and abusing a police officer.
After failing to arrest the female newscaster, the station’s Drivetime anchor, Doctor Kay, was detained instead by armed police officers who claimed he was also obstructing their job.
The saga began when three plain-clothed individuals pretending to be police officials, together with five others claiming to be GBC employees, stormed Accra100.5FM and demanded the station’s permission to broadcast the live Afcon matches.
The station has no legal authorization to broadcast the games, according to the guys.
As a result, the males and some station personnel exchanged words.
Nana Ama Agyarko, a news presenter who felt the plain-clothed guys were not police officers as they claimed – one of them had short dreadlocks, wore an earring, and a football shirt over tattered trousers and slippers – demanded to see their identification cards.
The untidy guy flashed his ID, but obscured the photo and his name on the tag.
The news anchor was enraged, and he referred to the plain-clothed man as a “thief” and a “imposter,” and asked him to leave the workplace.
The gentleman summoned reinforcements, and 20 highly armed police officers attacked the Labone-based private radio station, arresting Nana Ama Agyarko, the nightly news anchor, for insulting a police officer.
Because they couldn’t get inside the studio, the cops detained Docta Kay, who had taken them upstairs and looked after them when they first arrived at the station.
They charged him with “obstructing the police from performing their responsibilities.”
Docta Kay was arrested and transferred to the police station, where his statement was collected and he was subsequently released on bail.