Chiefs warn Radio Ada of escalating tensions, condemn attack on station

Two Ada staff members and other visitors were taken hostage in the attack

The Ada Traditional Council (ATC) headed by Paramount Chief Nene Agudey Obichire III has warned Radio Ada against publications that raise tension in the Ada community.

The chiefs called on the station’s management to review some of its shows so as not to confuse the community.

At a press conference of chiefs and queen mothers in the traditional quarter, the Council condemned the alleged attack on the station and called on the police to be vigilant.

Nene Agudey Obichire III, Manklalo of Ada Traditional Zone, who spoke to the press on Thursday January 20, said: “The Paramount Chief of Ada Traditional Zone and the Chairman of ATC, as well that the entire Council sympathizes with the station and condemns the act in its entirety.

“We are calling on all to cooperate with the police and assist in investigations where needed so that preparers are brought in to book to serve as a deterrent to all.”

“In the meantime, the attack raises some concerns. What could have been the cause of this unprecedented attack? However, since the matter is already in the hands of the police, we leave it to them to determine. Pending the outcome of the investigation, we wish to warn Radio Ada to refrain from broadcasting programs and making statements that inflame tensions in our peaceful community.

“While worthy chiefs would want to address radio station talk that is derogatory in nature through the appropriate medium, some inexperienced and lawless will do otherwise. We therefore urge the security service to be very vigilant.

The Ghanaian police have announced a reward of GH₵10,000.00 for credible information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects who vandalized the radio station.

A statement issued on Sunday January 16 said: “Police hereby urge Radio Ada staff, residents of Big Ada and the general public to remain calm as we continue our investigations into the attack on Radio Ada station. Thursday, January 13. 2022.”

Radio Ada 93.3 in the Greater Accra region was reportedly attacked on the morning of Thursday January 13 by a group of eight men, one of whom was allegedly armed with a pistol.

A presenter who was on the air at the time of the attack was reportedly beaten as the station’s studio equipment was vandalized, leading to the station’s temporary closure.

A statement from the station’s management said that “two Radio Ada staff members as well as visitors to the station were held hostage during the attack”.

According to management, the attackers have publicly disclosed their reason.

“The attackers openly stated that they came to vandalize the station because of its Manor Munyu and other programs dealing with recent developments in Songor. They threatened to inflict more havoc if the station continued its programs on Songor,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, the matter was reported to Big Ada Police while the beaten presenter was taken to Ada East District Hospital for treatment.

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