Captain Smart, the host of Onua TV’s morning show, has recounted how he saved his colleague, journalist Afia Pokua (Vim Lady) from being beaten by a mob at Nima over a news item.
Captain Smart recalls how a group confronted a former Adom FM colleague for reporting on a story that appeared to cast doubt on the National Health Insurance Scheme.
On his show, he revealed that he had to rush from Adom FM’s office to save a colleague from an enraged youth.
“When Afia Pokua was at Adom FM, she was assaulted for a story she did on the NHIS. I had just come to Accra and heard that she was being beaten in a gutter so I had to drive from Multimedia to Nima with a club to save her.”
Captain Smart was responding to a statement made by Kennedy Agyapong, a Member of Parliament for Assin Central, which has been interpreted as an attempt to incite a public attack on journalist Erastus Asare Donkor.
Captain Smart warned that journalists should be protected and urged the Akufo-Addo administration to summon Kennedy Agyapong.
He believes the government can only claim it is against journalist persecution if it condemns Kennedy Agyapong’s attack on a LUV FM journalist.
“Today, we are being told that a journalist should be beaten for a report he did. When we say it, they debunk that the government is doing everything possible to protect journalists. If you think you are protecting journalist, then talk to Kennedy Agyapong and bring him to order,” he said.
Kennedy Agyapong was warned by Captain Smart to be cautious about making public statements implying that he was willing to fight him.
He claimed that the era in which he only saw Kennedy Agyapong hurling insults at people was over.
“Kennedy Agyapong is becoming too much in this country but no one is scared of him. I was quiet because he was championing the cause of the youth so I had to keep quiet and support him.”