The Inspector General of Police, George Akuffo Dampare has reached out to the attacked Dagbon FM journalist, Sadiq Gariba, and assured him of arresting the suspects and serving justice for the assault on him.
The attack on the journalist on World Press Freedom Day attracted widespread condemnation from many individuals and organizations including the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
Sources have revealed to Citinewsroom.com that the IGP has been in touch with the journalist and has assured him of dealing with the suspects in accordance with the law.
Sadiq Gariba was attacked during a live radio programme on May 3, by a former Northern Regional Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Hardi Pagzaa
Following the attack on the journalist, checks at the Tamale Regional police command confirmed that on that same day, Sadique Gariba reported the attack on him to the police.
Our checks further revealed that following the report, the police as part of their investigation into the incident went with the journalist to the scene of the attack but the suspects had bolted. At the Radio station, the Police also obtained a copy of the video footage of the incident.
Sources close to the journalist have confirmed that he is in constant touch with the Police and assisting in the investigation.
Meanwhile, the NDC via its Northern Regional Secretary Mohammed Abdul-Salam in an interview on Thursday, May 4 disclosed that the leadership of the party in the region had scolded their former communicator and directed him to render an apology to both the journalist and the radio station.
The Ministry of Information also condemned the attack and called for a probe and prosecution of the suspects involved.
The Ghana Journalists Association also condemned the attack including demanding an amendment to the Electronic Communications Act to protect the freedoms and rights of journalists to enhance their work.