Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, has condemned the actions of National Security operatives in besieging the premises of Citi FM/Citi TV in an attempt to arrest a journalist – Zoe Abu-Baidoo, after arresting her colleague Caleb Kudah.
The Legislator insists such an act by the security agency is outmoded and must be condemned by all Ghanaians.
According to him, this has “not only exposed the growing intolerance, dwindling respect for human rights and wanton abuse of power by government officials; it has also brought to the fore the lack of sophistication and the continuous preference for ‘buga buga’ outmoded security tactics.”
He was of the view that the National Security must find new ways to “remotely block, hack, impede or prevent any information considered injurious to national security from being circulated in the cyberspace.”
Mr. Ablakwa also said these actions have exposed the vulnerable state of Ghana’s security apparatus to the world.
“National security should stop embarrassing us to the international community and even more worrying, they must stop exposing their pathetic cybersecurity vulnerabilities to criminals and potential enemies of Ghana — for as the experts have warned, the next frontier of war is cyberwarfare.”
On Tuesday, May 11, a team of seven police officers besieged the premises of Citi FM/Citi TV on the suspicion that Zoe Abu-Baidoo had received video recordings from Caleb Kudah who had earlier been arrested for filming some abandoned cars at the Ministry of National Security, which happens to be a restricted area.
However, both journalists were released later in the day on Tuesday.”