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Police refute arresting BBC reporter, Thomas Naadi

Reports that a BBC journalist had been detained during the #OccupyJulorBiHouse protest have been denied by the Ghana Police Service.

This is in response to rumours that a BBC journalist, Thomas Naadi was among the people who the police apprehended during the demonstration, which circulated on social media and in some news outlets.

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According to a statement made by the service’s Head of Public Affairs Unit, the rumours are untrue.

“The attention of the police has been drawn to an erroneous report by a section of the media that a BBC reporter and his camera have been arrested.

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“The police would like to put on record that the report is false and should be disregarded,” the statement said.

According to the police, two people among those who were arrested identified as journalists and were allowed to go immediately.

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The service emphasized that it is committed to upholding security, law and order in the discharge of its duties, thus, the public must be circumspect in spreading false information.

“The facts are that in dispersing the illegal demonstrators, a group of them were picked up and sent to the police station. During their screening process, two persons two identified themselves as journalists were immediately allowed to go.

“While we assure the public of our commitment to work with all stakeholders in our quest to ensure security law and order, we want to urge all other stakeholders to be circumspect in the discharge of their responsibilities since they have implications on the image and reputation of other stakeholders,” the statement by the police added.

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