Radio presenter imprisoned over claims against Akufo-Addo and judges

Oheneba Boamah Bennie, a Power FM host, has been imprisoned for his allegations against President Akufo-Addo and judges.

The presenter was sentenced to 14 days in prison by the Accra High Court on Tuesday after the Attorney General, Godfred Dame, charged him with contempt.

The court, ruled by by Justice Elfreda Dankyi, also fined him $3000.

The 36-year-old was found guilty of the charge against him by Justice Elfreda Dankyi.

“I have been magnanimous,” she stated when lead counsel for the broadcaster, Victor Kojoga Adawudu prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

The Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) detained the Accra-based Power FM host on December 14, 2020, for threatening and insulting President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Oheneba Boamah is claimed to have taped a live video on his Facebook page in which he insulted and threatened President Barack Obama.

He said that following the December 2020 elections, the President met with some judges, including Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah.

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He stated it was an attempt by President Akufo-Addo to sway judges if opposition candidate John Mahama decided to challenge the election results in court.

The presenter was detained after he accepted the CID’s request to speak with them about the matter.

He was admonished for violating sections 207 and 208 (1) of the criminal and other crimes Act, Act 29/60, for offensive behaviour conducive to breaches of the peace and dissemination of false news, respectively.

The Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, who spearheaded the prosecution against the journalist, said that the suspect should be punished to dissuade others from making unfounded charges.

Oheneba Boamah Bennie will be transported to the Nsawam Prisons to serve his sentence.

Source: myjoyonline


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