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GJA calls for prosecution of Owusu-Bempah

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has called on the Ghana Police Service to arrest Isaac Owusu-Bempah and prosecute him for physically attacking some staff of Radio XYZ in Accra.

The founder and leader of the Glorious Word and Power Ministries International, was reported to have stormed the radio station with gun-wielding men in search of broadcaster ‘Mugabe’.

According to reports, the raging team shoved the administrator of the station and ransacked the offices in search for the presenter.

A statement signed and issued in Accra on March 15 by the president of GJA, Roland Affail Monney, explained that the call to arrest the pastor was to deter him, his assigns and other like-minded persons from conducting themselves in similar manner in the future.

The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, under Article 17(1), the statement said, provides that no person is above the law and that constitutional provision must be upheld by reorienting the prophet as being a subject, not lord, of the law.

It further called 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 join the GJA in condemning the violent conduct of Owusu-Bempah, which has brought the name of their faith into contempt, disrepute and ridicule.

“We do not believe assault and violence are the prodding of the Holy Spirit. That is why in their quest to rescue the perishing, Christendom in Ghana must rein in Owusu-Bempah and also endeavour to exorcise whatever spirit that spurs him to betray the godliness of Christianity for a conduct spurred by some other spirits,” it stated.

The statement reminded Owusu-Bempah that the means to seek redress to grievances were governed by the rule of law and civility in a democratic dispensation and not assault and violence.

Quoting some books of the Bible, the statement said the Bible from which he purports to derive his ministerial calling does not condone assault and violence and urged Owusu-Bempah to seek counsel and spiritual edification in the words of Jesus Christ to Peter after the latter’s violent conduct at Gethsemane.

It reiterates its call on members and other media practitioners in general not to be intimidated by deviants of the rule of law who may want to use violence as a weapon to stifle press freedom, adding that “we have a constitutional mandate to discharge and we must do so without fear or favour.”

The statement advised journalists and other media practitioners to uphold high professional standards at all times and endeavour to be a bedfellow of only the truth.

The attack on Radio XYZ comes exactly four months after Owusu-Bempah reportedly vandalised 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 vandalised the studio equipment.

The statement added that the two instances of attack on radio stations within a spate of four months were clear indications that the ‘man of God’ was fast gaining notoriety as a ‘man of violence’ and for which reason he must be checked.

By Times Reporter

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