Manasseh assassination claim: I was under the spirit – Mugabe tells investigators

The radio XYZ presenter who alleged that Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni will be killed in 11 months’ time by members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), says he was influenced by spirits.

Saifu Maase who is popularly known as ‘Mugabe’ following the airing of Joy News’ documentary, ‘Militia in the heart of the nation’ said, Manasseh will be killed because the government is unhappy with the work.

During a programme on the Accra-based radio station, the presenter said: “I speak without fear; NPP will kill Manasseh Azure in 11 months.”

“If the security agencies do not protect him they will finish him; they will get rid of him. I speak without fear or favour; this is a gift God has given to me.”

He was invited by the police and questioned.

Director of the Police CID, DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, told journalists in Accra on Tuesday, that when Maase was invited to assist the police with investigations, he could not prove what he said.

“Mugabe was invited to come and assist because he said this assassination will take place. When he was questioned he said he was under the spirit,” the CID boss said.

The CID boss addressed the media at the press conference 

She disclosed that Maase has been charged with offensive conduct and publication of false news capable of causing fear and panic.

He had been arraigned to appear before a court Tuesday but the courts did not sit, DCOP Addo-Danquah revealed.

He will be taken back on Wednesday and tried, she said.

Militia in the heart of the nation

The undercover work which was aired on Joy News TV on Friday, March 8, detailed how the group known as, De-Eye Group, had been using the former seat of government for training since the Akufo-Addo government was sworn in.

The group is led by Nana Wireko Addo alias ‘Choman’, the former personal bodyguard of President Nana Akufo-Addo and was described in 2012 as a “vigilante group” in a pro-government newspaper Daily Guide.

The government has, however, denied any association with such a group.

The Osu Castle

At a press conference hours after the airing of the documentary, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah denied among other things that the young men and women who converge at the Castle thrice a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – are a militia group under training.

Government has also denied that the Osu Castle is a security zone. According to the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, the former seat of government is now a museum.



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