Journalists deny being detained by SCOAN Ghana’s Security

Two Journalists from Kencity Media Limited (NET2 TV/Oman FM) Abdul Wahab Giwah and Seth Quaku Yeboah have denied media reports that they were detained by security personnel of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) founded by Prophet T.B. Joshua. They expressed shock about media reports that they were detained. Emmanuel Anteh, a journalist with Joy News on Multi-TV, and his cameraman, Gilbert Azu reported that they were detained without any explanation for over six hours.

In their narration, Emmanuel Anteh, a journalist with Joy News on Multi-TV, and his cameraman, Gilbert Azu mentioned that another group of journalists from NET 2 Television Abdul Wahab Giwah and Seth Quaku Yeboah were also detained for more than six hours.

However, the two Journalists from Kencity Media Limited (NET2 TV/Oman FM) Abdul Wahab Giwah and Seth Quaku Yeboah says their inclusion in the detention story came as a surprise to them. According to them, they arrived at the Ghana branch of SCOAN at Spintex around 5AM Tuesday May 7, 2013. Since they did not have accreditation, they contacted Vincent Aziza one of the heads of the vigilante Group of the church to seek permission to cover the event. Vincent Aziza then asked the two journalists to wait at the security post guarded by a military officer. Aziza explained to the military officer why the two journalists had to wait there while he consults officials of the church to seek clarification as to whether to allow the media cover the event or not. While waiting at the security post, Aziza keeps going back and forth and when they enquire about the progress, Aziza tells them to give him time since he was yet to hear from officials of the church. Aziza’s attention was more on crowd control and the journalists waited till about 10AM when the wise men arrived. While the wise men started their work, the Journalists were still at the security post waiting for Aziza’s feedback. At around 1PM, Multi TV crew were also brought to the security post to wait for Aziza’s feedback on whether filming by journalists would be authorised or not. The Multi TV crew immediately started calling theirbosses in the office to inform them about the situation. In just about 20 minutes time, personnel from the Ghana Police Service arrived at the security post demanding to know what the situation was. After narrating what happened, the police escorted the journalists out of the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN). The two Journalists from Kencity Media Limited(NET2 TV/Oman FM)Abdul Wahab Giwah and Seth Quaku Yeboah will like to put on record that they were not kept against their will for it to amount to detention. According to them, they were free to leave without covering the event but their desire to cover the event at all cost coupled with securing permission to do socoming very late kept them long at the security post. Abdul Wahab Giwah and Seth Quaku Yeboah explain that upon hearing of the alleged detention in the media, Prophet T.B Joshua directed Rev.Samuel Exellence PROof the church in ghana to apologise for the incident on that same day Rev.Exellence called Abdul Wahab Giwah to apologise on behalf of the Man of God One of the wise men also publicly apologised at a church service onWednesday May 9th 2013

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