Dagbon FM journalist attackers fined GH¢3,600

The District Court in Tamale, has imposed a GH¢3,600 fine on for­mer National Democratic Con­gress (NDC) Northern Regional Communications Officer, Hardi Pagzaa, and Mumuni Osman, for assaulting a Radio Presenter of Dagbon Radio in Tamale.

The two, who on Monday May 8, were arrested and kept in police custody, appeared before the court presided over by Ama­du Issifu.

The accused, who were charged on four counts, pleaded guilty to all charges.

They charge with conspiracy to commit crime to wit assault, assault, unlawful entry, and threat of death.

The count of threat of death was, however, withdrawn by the prosecution.

The defence counsel told the court that the accused have shown remorse and prayed for a non-custodial sentence.

The court cautioned the defendants not to repeat such unlawful acts and urged hosts of political shows and their guests to be circumspect in their pro­nouncements and actions.

The court noted that such utterances could ignite conflicts, citing the Rwanda genocide and its devastating impact on citizens.

On May 3, a radio presenter of a Tamale-based Dagbon FM, Sadiq Gariba, was assaulted ver­bally and physically by Pagzaa, during a live radio programme.

In a video that went viral on social media, Mr Pagzaa and Osman were seen storming the studio of Dagbon FM.

The two held up the present­er, who was at the point hosting a show and threatened to slap him if he made a comment.

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