When discord sparks, it is preceded by a grimly predictable pattern and what seemed a resolvable bawl hardens into an unshaken conflict.
This seem to be the case of Maverick Politician, Ken Agyapong and Ace Investigator, Anas Aremeyaw Anas as fresh leaks from their drama flows in.
Mr Agyapong’s says he is stopping at nothing until he sees Anas arrested― maintaining, he has evidence to support bribery allegations made against the investigative journalist.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North with the aim of ‘exposing’ Anas, last Wednesday premiered a documentary dubbed “Who Watches The Watchman (WWW).”
The documentary, which drew thousands to the Ken City premises sought to expose the investigative Journalist for allegedly taking money from people he had investigated, to kill the stories.
Speaking to Accra based Joy FM, Yesterday, Mr Agyapong said, “I will put my life on the line and defend the truth because I am not afraid; I am not scared.”
He continued: “What I am seeking to achieve is that Anas does not have any moral right to even call somebody corrupt for taking GH¢5 when he himself can take bribe of $100,000…when he can bribe a police officer $75,000, when he can bribe a prosecutor to kill a case…who is this guy then, to go and set judges up that they took GH¢500…Their lifetime, education and profession they’ve lost everything. Some have died, some have stroke.”
“I am not taking it lightly. I will make sure today or tomorrow, I get him arrested,” Mr Agyapong added.
Ignore ‘Hot Air Blowers’
Anas however remains unperturbed saying he has never taken a bribe to do a story and he is not intimidated by what he described as distractions.
“These antics do not do anything to me. We have learnt that it is a strategy that is always used by distractors…they will all come at you,” he said.
He therefore called on Journalists to focus on their work, forgetting the handiworks of those he calls, “hot air blowers”.
“The first thing they would do especially if they have their names in the story…they will attack the story and the substance that you have put out. When they realise the substance is very tight and they cannot get through, then they say okay…let’s go after his credibility, lets distort it, let’s create ambiguity…all they want you to do is to switch off from that substantive story and give them attention…you should never do that.
“When they go through this process of attacking your credibility and they realise it’s also water tight, they have to look for the third one and it’s simple― we will kill you if you publish,” Anas explained.
He was however empathic that the turnout of events was an attack on journalism and not his personality.
Meanwhile, Former Director General of the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service who was mentioned in the WWW video has denied taking any money from Anas.
Anas in the video is alleged to have given the former CID boss, Adu Poku $75,000 to release a criminal suspect.
Speaking on Adom FM yesterday, COP Adu Poku said, “God has blessed me and I have worked for 30 good years with unblemished record and someone would use five seconds to destroy that, God will not allow that to happen.”
By: Grace Ablewor Sogbey/ email@example.com