Some personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in the Bono East region have assaulted journalists of some local radio stations after the personnel were pranked with an April Fool's Day joke.
On Monday, April 1, 2019, angry firefighters stationed in the Bono East region vented their anger on journalists of two local radio stations at Nkoranza because the journalists had pranked them with a April Fool's Day joke.
The report YEN.com.gh sighted on Mynewsgh.com had it that the journalists told the firemen of a deadly accident that had already occurred at the nearby town of Amoma Nkwanta some weeks ago.
The personnel, in good faith, attached seriousness to the announcements made on the two radio stations, Dero and Akyeaa FM, and rushed to the scene only to realise they had been pranked.
Not taking kindly to such a joke, the fire officers, numbering about 10, stormed the stations seething in anger and subjected the over six journalists to assault.
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The officers, in the process, destroyed some broadcast equipment in the studio too.
In the ensuing melee, the journalists were seen fleeing from the building as the enraged firemen reportedly pounced on them.
Paul Yaw Asamoah alias Obaatan, one of the beaten journalists, revealed that studio microphones and other equipment were destroyed in the process.
Obaatan was quoted as saying: “It was horrifying so I tried to rush out of the studios and wanted to go downstairs but they got hold of me and used their boots to beat me. I feel pains all over my body.”
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Authorities of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) have not been available for comment.
This issue comes a week after the Ghana Police Service revealed it recorded over 750,000 prank calls between January 1, 2019, and midday of March 27, 2019 alone.
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