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TRIAL BY THE MEDIA
- A REJOINER TO BENNETT AKUAKU'S ARTICLE "ANLO
RIOT, THE INSIDE STORY"
It is with sadness that WE THE CONCERNED CITIZENS OF
ANLO IN THE DIASPORAS PEN THIS REJOINER TO Mr.
Bennett Akuaku’s article in the "Daily Guide of 24
Concerned citizens had hoped that "OUT OF THE
TERRIBLE TRAGEDY OF “BLOODY THURSDAY” OF NOVEMBER 1,
2007 would emerge some good. We therefore find it
outrageous that, after all the blood
shed, some journalist and media have learnt no
critical lesson from the ANLO TRAGEDY.
Simply put "BAD JOURNALISM IS ALIVE AND BAD
JOURNALIST ARE STILL PEDDLING THEIR WARES TO THE
The writer, Mr. Bennett Akuaku has a background as
one of Francis Nyonyo's journalist. A disclosure to
that effect would have been the ethical thing to do.
Concerned citizens are dismayed he missed the
opportunity to do the right thing. The media is
equally culpable. After all the media is the milieu
in which GOOD AND BAD JOURNALISTS FUNCTION.
In this article in question, Mr. Akuaku claimed to
be giving a ringside account of the events of Bloody
Thursday. On close scrutiny, however, Akuaku
obviously was simply A SELF APPOINTED BIASED
INQUISITOR ON A MISSION.
Never mind that:
1. Autopsy Reports
2. DNA and
3. Ballistic Reports -
are all yet to be
Regardless, Mr. Akuaku has started his
WITH THE STROKE OF HIS PEN, HE SOUGHT TO INOCULATE
THE REAL CULPRITS OF THIS HORRENDOUS CRIME AGAINST
FUTURE REPERCUSSION, WHILE THOROUGHLY DEMONIZING THE
REAL VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY.
By innuendo and insinuation the Citizens gathered on
private property were portrayed as Blood Thirsty
fiends waiting in ambush. Glib statements like
"GRUESOME ORDEAL, INCLUDING SUSPECTED RITUAL" in
Akuaku’s article were meant to invoke in the reader's
mind, a ritual murder. Without giving critical
background information such as,
1. On going court cases and injunctions forbidding
any rites leading to confinement.
2. Nyonyo not remotely related to the Royal House
was conveniently omitted, less the critical reader
reaches a conclusion other than the one being
3. On going harassment of the people by the police
4. The police never functioned as Nyonyo's private
CONCERNED CITIZENS WISH TO KNOW THE FOLLOWING.
1. Why in spite of numerous injunctions served and
law suits before the courts asking Nyonyo to cease
and desist from carrying and calling himself "Regent
Sri III" and President of the ANLO TRADITIONAL
COUNCIL, Akuaku is hell bent on promoting this
2. Why Akuaku goes into details about POLICE
CASUALTIES and their fates, while only barely
mentioning the names of citizens killed and maimed?
3. Why the Police dispatched to Anloga purportedly
to keep the peace during the performance of some
rites for Nyonyo needed so much FIRE POWER? AK47S?
4. Did the heavily armed Police fire any bullets at
all? Akuaku’s ridiculous account stated the Police
had 8 AK 47 but had two snatched from them by the
Citizens of Anloga.
Do we understand that the police, with six remaining
AK47S, held their fire "WHILE THE CITIZENS OF ANLOGA"
shot their own BROTHERS AND A SISTER WITH THEIR
NEWLY ACQUIRED WEAPONS"?
Napoleon Agboada's letter to Government officials
asking for POLICE help in performing final rites for
confirming Nyonyo as Awoamefia and Government’s
acquiescence is a huge scandal.
Why did Akuaku avoid it in his article?
complicity in Law BREAKING should be BIG NEWS in
WHAT ARTICLE IN THE JURISPRUDENCE OF THE ANLO STATE
GIVES LEGAL RECOGNITION TO THE ENTITY YOU CALL "AWOMEFIA
STOOL SECRETARIAT?” WHO GAVE THEM THE POWER TO CALL
FOR POLICE PRESENCE?
WHO CONSTITUTED THE ROYAL ADZOVIA CLAN THAT, AS
AKUAKU'S ARTICLE CLAIMED, "DECIDED TO CONSUMATE THE
INSTALLATION PROCESS OF TOGBUI SRI III?"
This question is pertinent in light of a joint
communiqué issued by the ELDERS AND PRINCIPAL
MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL ADZOVIA CLAN stating that
Nyonyo is not a member of the Agboada family and
should cease and desist from calling himself "Togbui
Concerned citizens assert that "the true measure of
a journalist is his or her capacity to accurately
report the news without fear, bias, or a personal
gain motive. Brother Bennett Akuaku’s article in
question woefully failed this ACID TEST.
Having claimed an inside scoop to this horrific
crime, you have unwittingly placed yourself in the
unenviable position of answering the pointed
questions at a future court trial of this horrendous
crime against humanity.
Your loose comments in this article should make a
good criminal defense lawyer salivate,
just at the thought of grilling you on the witness
stand till you break out in "cold sweat"
with your legs wobbling,
and you feel dizzy and
pass out on the stand!
By this article, you have launched a vicious trial
by media of residents of Anloga. You stated
emphatically, and I quote, "ALL FOUR VICTIMS IN THE
VIOLENCE WERE KILLED BY RESIDENTS OF ANLOGA" end
CONCERNED CITIZENS FIND SUCH STATEMENTS IN YOUR
ARTICLE FOOLISH AND A DISSERVICE TO THE READERSHIP
UNLESS YOU HAVE THE BALLISTIC EVIDENCE TO BACK YOUR
Allow the experts to investigate this SENSELESS
CRIME. Enough of your "RELIABLE SOURCES!"
GIVE US CONCRETE EVIDENCE AND SOME BALANCED
JOURNALISM FOR A CHANGE.
The statement attributed to Albert Sadika, if true,
is ridiculous. It is not only J.J. Rawlings who is
questioning the role this government has played in
the Anloga tragedy. Your haste to frame the events
in an NDC/NPP political terms deliberately avoids
the issue of law breakers in high places, forget
about their POLITICAL SCARVES.
Your reference to Albert Kwasi Sadika as "Acting
Stool father" is the height of folly. Who made
Albert Sadika acting Stool Father?
Now a VIGNETTE of Anlo History for you.
In October 1990 the late J.K. Sadika circulated a
letter to the Secretary of Chieftaincy Affairs,
President of the National and Volta Regional House
of Chiefs stating, "We wish to submit the attached
to you for your records concerning the Anlo
Paramount Stool which is the bona fide property of
the Adzovia Clan" Sadika Senior abrogated to himself
the title of "STOOL FATHER". In that October 1990
letter. He was promptly rebuffed by the Elders who
fired back. It is sad that J.K. Sadika’s son ALBERT
KWASI SADIKA learnt no critical lessons from his
father’s misadventure of 1990. Likewise Mr. Bennett
Akuaku has yet to show us he has learnt anything
from the costly Journalistic mistakes of the recent
BY DR. YAO L. KALEDZI
MR EDDIE DITCHFIELD-AGBOH
FOR ANLO CONCERNED CITIZENS IN THE DIASPORAS.
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TRIAL BY THE MEDIA - A REJOINER TO
BENNETT AKUAKU'S ARTICLE "ANLO RIOT, THE INSIDE STORY"
Review, Dec 3, Ghanadot - It
is with sadness that WE THE CONCERNED CITIZENS OF ANLO IN
THE DIASPORAS PEN THIS REJOINER TO Mr. Bennett Akuaku’s
article in the "Daily Guide of 24 November. 2007."
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