Ghana is a country that has been making headlines not only for its beauty but also for the alleged torture claims. Ghana recently hit the screens after a Modern Ghana journalist by the name of Mr. Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri, came out to reveal that he and his colleagues had been subjected to massive torture under the hands of the National Security officials after they had been detained. The claims have left most Ghanaians wondering whether or not these claims are factual.
The torture claims of Mr. Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri and his other Modern Ghana journalists are the talk of the town. The national security officials allegedly beat and teased the journalist after they were detained for cybercrimes.
The editor of Modern Ghana, Mr. Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri, has recounted the alleged torment acts that he was subjected to by the National Security Operatives, following his detainment last Thursday. Mr. Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri revealed that the national security officials abused him and his colleagues after they were detained. They were arrested for cyber crimes. According to Abugri, he and his colleagues were being beaten and tortured by operatives of the national security after their office was raided and they were arrested.
Mr. Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri, who was later released on the 29th of June 2019, on Saturday, said that the national security officials took turns in beating and teasing him. Following these torment claims, the federal security officials have soon come out to deny the allegations.
National Security Council denies torture of Modern Ghana journalists
The National Security Council Secretariat came out on Tuesday, the 2nd of July 2019 to deny the claims that National Security officials subjected the Modern Ghana journalists to torture after they were detained. In a statement, the secretariat of the National Security Council acknowledged that the suspect, Mr. Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri had never been mishandled or subjected to any form of torture.
In the press release held on Tuesday morning, the National Security Council Secretariat said that it was not taking the torture allegations lightly. The secretariat denoted that this was just a move by Mr. Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri to shift the focus of the investigation and discredit the case that was being built against him.
The statement read that "Torture and manhandling of suspects are not part and parcel of the culture and architecture of the secretariat under the administration of President Akufo-Addo. We wish to categorically state that the suspect, during questioning, was never manhandled, neither was he subjected to any form of forced physical contact."
Modern Ghana Journalists' torture: Kwakye Ofosu take
The former Deputy Communications Minister of Ghana under the erstwhile John Mahama administration, Mr. Felix Ofosu Kwakye has come out to share his opinion regarding these torture claims. According to Mr. Felix Ofosu Kwakye, it was hard for him to believe the statement that was released by the National Security denying that the officials of this authoritative body had ever tortured the Modern Ghana journalists.
According to the former Deputy Minister, the current track record of the National Security makes it hard to refute these torture allegations. The former deputy minister made reference to the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections and other current activities by the national security that revealed the body was "capable" of subjecting the journalists to the torture allegations.
Following the torture claims made by the editor of Modern Ghana, Mr. Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri, most Ghanaians have been left divided on who or not to believe. In a press release released by the National Security Council on Tuesday, the secretariat denied any involvement in the torture claims. Instead, the secretariat revealed that these allegations were just a means of the journalist trying to divert the attention of the case away from him. Nonetheless, the former deputy minister came out to reveal that it was possible for the allegations to be true.