Adom FM’s Afia Pokua, 2 reporters brutalised by Ablekuma NHIS Manager

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Acording to Myjoyonline, Adom FM’s Afia Pokua and
two other journalists were Thursday afternoon brutalised by the Manager
of the National Health Insurance Scheme at Ablekuma in Accra.

The three journalists were physically assaulted at Ablekuma, Flamingo- Zongo Junction.

Nana Sefa, a reporter with
the station, had gone there to report on the frustrations and
complaints of persons who had been queueing since 3am to go through
biometric registration, but had his mobile phone confiscated by Mr.
Israel Kwame Laryeah, the Scheme Manager of the NHIS there.

Mr Laryeah detained the reporter, insisting he would only release him if his Editor came there.

But things took a different turn when Afia Pokua also known as ‘Vim Lady’ got there in the company of another reporter, Kofi Assan.

According to Kofi Assan, the Scheme Manager released Nana Sefa after he and Afia intervened.

But the journalists walked out of the Manager’s office
to a hostile crowd which accused the young reporter of going to hide
in the Manager’s office, leaving them to their fate.

Attempts by the news editor, Afia, to explain things to them infuriated Mr. Laryeah who pounced on her and assaulted her badly.

Hassan said he received severe beatings too when he tried to defend his editor.

He said his clothes were torn in the ensuing scuffle.

Afia Pokua’s bruised right thigh.

Meanwhile, Communications Manager for the NHIA, Serlorm Adornoo in an interview with Myjoyonline.com says, his outfit is yet to be briefed on the development and so could not comment on it.

This is the second time in
less than a week that journalists from the Multimedia Group Limited
have survived attacks in the hands of public officers.

Last Saturday, Felix Akunor, a driver with MultiTV and two journalists, Solomon Joojo Cobbinah
and Festus Jackson Davies were arrested on the orders of the Mayor of
Accra, Alfred Vanderpuije while covering a story on the plight of some
displaced people at Mensah Guinea in Accra, following the demolition of
their structures the previous day by city authorities.

They have been charged with offensive conduct.

Very very bad…..!!!!!!

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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