- John Mahama has apologised to a reporter who was assaulted during his campaign
- The reporter was denied access into a meeting involving Mahama and some school authorities
- He was reportedly slapped and left with a teary eye
Ex-president John Dramani Mahama, has apologised to Joy News reporter Parker Wilson, who was assaulted in the line of duty by a member of the security detail of the former head of state on Monday during a campaign tour in Greater Accra.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Myjoyonline.com, Parker Wilson was slapped by the security guard whose identity is yet to be ascertained.
The report had it that the assault left the journalist visibly bruised with part of his face swollen and his right eye teary.
The office of the ex-president has however apologised to Parker Wilson for the unfortunate incident.
A statement issued and signed by spokesperson for the ex-president, James Agyenim Boateng, shortly after the incident, added that the issue was under investigation.
Narrating what had happened, Parker said he was with Mahama while he was campaigning at the Pentecost University as part of his five-day tour of the Greater Accra Region.
After speaking to the students, it was announced that the ex-president was going to meet the authorities of the university, and Parker wanted to report on the said meeting.
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One member of the security detail protecting the ex-president refused to allow Parker and his camera man access into the meeting, saying that journalists were not invited.
An attempt by Parker to explain to the security guard that he was with the ex-president and had been covering all his activities reportedly did not go down well with the officer.
Parker added that he was slapped by the security guard, which left him with pain and a teary right eye.
The attack on Wilson follows a similar assault on another Joy News journalist, Latif Iddrisu, by the police earlier in the year.
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