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02.05.2007 General News

President’s bodyguards maltreat journalists, officials

By myjoyonline

Some bodyguards of President J.A. Kufuor allegedly maltreated and intimidated some senior journalists when the President visited the Northern region, reports The Chronicle.

The paper reported that the incident took place at the residence of the Regional Minister on Saturday, April 28 2007.

The victimized media personnel including eight state and 11 private newspaper journalists, after the embarrassment, had no other choice than to boycott their request for coverage of the President.

The Chronicle reported that other government officials including the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, some departmental heads, some NPP Regional executives and other respected personalities also had their share of the embarrassment.

It said the bodyguards spat vicious words on the crowd and did not listen to advice from the journalists that they should behave as professionals.

One of the President's bodyguards, Lance Corporal Akwasi Yeboah, who arrogantly defied several pleas by some police officers and others, continued to heckle the Tamale MCE and CEPS Regional Commissioner until the MCE rang the Northern Regional Minister to intervene for their entry into the presidential lodge.

The entire media personnel, who could not tolerate the unprofessional behavior, packed their gadgets and boycotted the coverage.

It took the Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris to calm tempers down but the journalists insisted on boycotting the President.

Meanwhile, that was the third time such behaviour has been witnessed as far as President Kufuor's visits to Northern Region are concerned.

Some of the victimized persons questioned the President's bodyguards whether their colleagues in other international communities behaved similarly in their numerous trips with President Kufuor.

Many DCEs, departmental heads, NPP executives and contractors who had come from near and afar to visit the President were all abused and deprived.

Credit: The Chronicle