Accra FM’s presenter, Kwabena Bobie Ansah has been granted a GH¢50,000 bail with two sureties after he was picked up by police late Thursday night.
He has been charged with the publication of false news and offensive conduct.
The Kaneshie District Court, where the case was heard on Friday, February 11, 2022, has also adjourned the case to March 14, 2022.
According to the facts of the case as presented by the police, Mr. Bobie Ansah on January 1, 2022, accused the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and the Second Lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia of awarding themselves “state lands at AU Village, around the Kotoka International Airport for the construction of Rebecca Foundation”.
According to the writ sighted by CNR, Mr. Ansah went on further to call the First Lady “a thief and that she has stolen state land around the Kotoka International Airport,” a statement he knew was “likely to occasion the breach of the peace”.
Police say Bobie Ansah was invited several times to assist in investigations but failed to honour the invitations.
Police are also looking for three persons they believe are complicit in the allegations.
“Investigations so far revealed that the publication by the accused person and his [three] accomplices is false. Efforts are underway to arrest the accomplices to assist in investigations.”
Earlier some supporters of the journalist picketed at the Striking Force unit of Greater Accra Regional Police Command at Accra Central to demand his release.
An ardent listener of Bobbie Ansah, Adams Mohammed, told Citi News that he is appalled by the “growing trend of intimidation of journalists.”
“I have been here for about an hour now. I was surprised at the news of his arrest. I think it is unfair. I am here to ensure that he is released.”
Another listener said, “he has done nothing wrong. We will not leave until he is released.”