The Paramount Chief of Hoviefe in the Ho Municipality of the Volta Region, Togbe Agbii III and two others, have petitioned the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), National Media Commission (NMC) and National Security to investigate and possibly arrest and prosecute Christopher Selorm Kofi Adzivor a.k.a Friday and Philip Agbonuglah a.k.a Ganyaa for blackmail and extortion.
The two allegedly posed as investigative journalists attached to National Security and succeeded in intimidating, harassing, defrauding, blackmailing and extorting various sums of monies from innocent and unsuspecting law abiding citizens.
The other two petitioners are Noah Ohene and David Tsigbey, chairmen of the Hoviefe Municipal Assembly Junior High School, Management Committee (SMC) and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) respectively.
In a petition signed by the trio to the GJA, NMC and National Security with copies to the GES Circuit Supervisor, Klefe/Ziavi, the Municipal GES Director and the Municipal Police Commander, they demanded that Adzivor and Agbonuglah be arrested and charged with impersonation and extortion.
The petition stated that the call for the arrest of Adzivor and Agbonuglah by the security apparatus is intended to serve as deterrent to persons who are parading themselves as journalists attached to National Security and unknown media houses and defrauding unsuspecting persons.
“The brutality of the crimes committed by the duo has appalled our community, which is the most difficult problem besetting our modern way of life,” the petition elucidated.
According to the petition, Adzivor (a.k.a Friday) and Agbonuglah introduced themselves to the headmistress of a school as investigative journalists attached to National Security and interrogated her on payment of BECE registration fee on January 12, 2018.
She replied in the affirmative with explanation that she collected the monies in September 2017 but when she received another directive from the Municipal GES Directorate that government will absorb all the registration fees, she called a meeting of the parents to refund their monies to them but they (including the petitioners) advised that the monies be maintained for other commitments in the school in future.
Angered with this explanation the duo impressed on the headmistress to fuel their Honda Saloon Car with registration numbered GM265-12 back to Accra and something for their boss.
According to the petition, the duo held the headmistress hostage for a period of time and even prevented her from making phone calls and contacting her staff members.
The two tricksters succeeded in extorting GH¢700 from the headmistress.
It would be recalled that Adzivor caused to be published a false and malicious story in the 18th January 2018 issue of the New Independent that he has received a lot of commendation from several quarters of society, particularly the Volta Regional minister Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa for going miles in a bid to ensure that policies and programmes of government succeed and that he sent an undisclosed amount of money that was used to bribe him to prevent a news story from going public on an alleged collection of BECE registration fee from Hoviefe JHS candidates contrary to government directives.
Both the regional minister and the public condemned the publication saying they believe in responsible journalistic practices.
The petition further indicated that it is Adzivor’s stock in trade to intimidate harass, impersonate and extort monies from unsuspecting, innocent and law abiding citizens.
They appealed to the GJA, NMC, National Security and the other Security agencies to apprehend the duo for prosecution to stop defaming the government and journalists in the country.
By Vandyck Asante, Hoviefe