The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) General Secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong, has declared that the party has not yet been provided with a report about the attack that took place on Mohammed Alabira, the Citi FM/Citi TV reporter for the Northern Region, during the most recent Parliamentary primary in Yendi.
NPP’s General Secretary emphasized that the party will take the necessary action as soon as a report is submitted and clarified that he hasn’t received any official report on the incident.
He said that the NPP opposes any possible assault on the objectivity of journalists and voiced concern over it.
Although he admitted that he might not have been aware of every incident due to his busy schedule, the General Secretary of NPP reaffirmed the party’s commitment to taking the matter seriously once it was properly brought to their attention.
Reports surfaced during the contest regarding an attack on a Citi TV/FM journalist by Farouk Aliu Mahama, the member of parliament representing Yendi, and his supporters.
On Saturday, January 27, 2024, Mohammed Aminu M. Alabira, a journalist, was allegedly attacked while giving a live update on Citi TV and Citi FM regarding the violence that broke out during the ballot-counting process.
Alabira was allegedly kicked and smacked by the MP, sending him to the ground. The lawmaker’s supporters then reportedly attacked him.
Relatedly, the Ghana Journalists Association urged the Ghana Police Service to detain and prosecute Farouk Aliu Mahama, the member of parliament for Yendi, and his associates for allegedly beating up a Citi TV/FM reporter during the recently concluded New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary primaries.
It required the efforts of security guards who were present when the alleged assault happened to save the poor journalist who was just going about his job.
The incident has deeply troubled and infuriated the GJA, which has denounced it as a “antediluvian act.” The GJA denounced the assault as vulgar and petty in a strongly worded press release, expressing particular dismay that a Member of Parliament was allegedly responsible for the act.