Radio Ada, a community-based radio station at Ada in the Greater Accra Region has shut down for a few days to enable it to review and repair the extent of the damage caused during an armed invasion on Thursday.
Some thugs on Thursday, January 13, 2022 invaded the premises of the radio station, assaulted a presenter, and destroyed some of the station’s machines.
This comes following the station’s programming on the Songhor Lagoon project in the town.
Two Radio Ada staff together with visitors were reportedly held hostage during the attack.
“The attackers, one of whom was armed with a pistol, invaded the on-air studio by forcibly destroying its door open. They beat up the presenter and vandalised the on-air studio equipment, leading to the temporary shut-down of Radio Ada,” management said in a statement on the attack.
The management lodged complaint with the Big Ada police who came to take inventory of the damaged equipment.
Below is the full statement on the attack
STATEMENT ON THE VIOLENT ATTACK ON RADIO ADA ON 13 JANUARY 2022
1. The Management of Radio Ada 93.3 fm wishes to inform its esteemed listening community that the station was violently attacked by a group of eight men today, Thursday, 13th January 2022 at about 11:30 a.m.
2. The attackers, one of whom was armed with a pistol, invaded the on-air studio by forcibly destroying its door open. They beat up the presenter and vandalised the on-air studio equipment, leading to the temporary shut-down of Radio Ada.
3. Two Radio Ada staff together with visitors to the station were held hostage during the attack.
4. The attackers openly declared that they had come to vandalise the station because of its Manor Munyu and other programmes discussing the recent developments in the Songor. They threatened to inflict further havoc should the station continue with programmes on the Songor.
5. The matter has been reported to the Big Ada police who came to take inventory of the damaged equipment.
6. The presenter who was beaten up has since been sent to the Ada East District Hospital for treatment.
7. The attack has been reported to the National Media Commission (NMC).
8. This announcement is being made to ensure that the facts of the attack are reported accurately and timeously. This announcement, interspersed with music, will be the only broadcast that Radio Ada will be making today.
9. The station will shut down for a few days from tomorrow to enable it to review and repair the extent of the damage caused.
10. Our listening community may be assured that Radio Ada will thereafter continue to broadcast and that its commitment to inform and to give voice to the Dangme community, particularly those least voiced, remains unchanged.