- Salifu Maase, also known as Mugabe, has been charged by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) with offensive conduct capable of creating fear and panic
- Mugabe had claimed on his radio show that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) had planned to assassinate Multimedia journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni
Radio show host Salifu Maase, popularly known as Mugabe, has been charged by the police for publishing fake news.
Mugabe, who works with Accra-based Radio XYZ, was also charged with offensive conduct to breach public peace.
The controversial radio host was initially expected in court on Tuesday, but the case was not heard because the judge was unavailable.
However, he is expected to be arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday April 3, 2019.
According to a report by the Graphic Online, there were many armed police personnel at the Accra Circuit Court premises on Tuesday, March 2.
Mugabe arrived with his lawyers, led by Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, but they had to head back home after the hearing was postponed.
The charges are as a result of some utterances made by the radio host, where he alleged that the life of Joy News journalist, journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, was in danger.
Salifu Maase said he had gathered information that some people were planning evil against Manasseh following the airing of his exposé on a supposed militia group being housed at the Osu Castle.
He was subsequently invited by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service, but he could not substantiate his claims.
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Rather, he told the police that he made the allegation "under the spirits,” CID Boss, DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, revealed to journalists on Tuesday.
"Mugabe was invited to come and assist... he said he was under the spirits. Mugabe has been charged and he is before court. They went to court today but the judges are having a training programme," she added.
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