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GJA Calls for Arrest And Prosecution Of Isaac Owusu Bempah

The GJA in a release signed by its President, Affail Monney said it is appalled by the reports of the alleged attack and unreservedly condemns it.

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The Ghana Journalists Association is calling for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the leader and founder of the Glorious Word Ministry, Isaac Owusu Bempah for allegedly physically attacking some staff of an Accra based radio station, Radio XYZ.

The GJA in a release signed by its President, Affail Monney said it is appalled by the reports of the alleged attack and unreservedly condemns it.

On March 15, 2019, Owusu-Bempah was reported to have stormed the premises of the radio station in the company of four gun-wielding thugs in search of a presenter of the radio station. In the process, he and his armed cohorts allegedly manhandled the administrator and other staff of the radio station.

The attack on Radio XYZ comes exactly four months after Owusu-Bempah reportedly vandalized studio equipment at Hot FM, another Accra-based radio station. Featuring in a Current Affairs programme on the station on December 13, 2018, he, in a fit of rage, allegedly vandalized the studio equipment.

According to the GJA, These two instances of attack on radio stations within a spate of four months are clear indications that the ‘man of God’ is fast gaining notoriety as a ‘man of violence’ and for which reason he must be checked.

In that regard, the GJA is calling on the Ghana Police Service to immediately arrest Owusu-Bempah and prosecute him in order to deter him, his assigns and other like-minded persons from conducting themselves in similar manner in the future.

The GJA is also calling on the Christian Council of Ghana, Ghana Catholic Secretariat, Ghana Pentecostal Council, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council and other Christian bodies, as well as the clergy and Christendom in general to roundly condemn the violent conduct of Owusu-Bempah, which has brought the name of their faith into contempt, disrepute and ridicule.

The release also sent a word of caution to journalists to go about their duties with all decorum to avoid attracting such unfortunate attacks.

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