Multimedia Group Limited, operators of Joy FM and other broadcasting brands, and one of its journalists, Latiff Iddrisu, have sued the IGP, David Asante Apeatu, and the Attorney-General, over alleged police brutality meted out to its journalist at the headquarters of the Ghana Police Service on March 27, last year.
In a suit filed at an Accra High Court by Counsel, Samson Lardy Anyenini, the media organisation and Mr. Iddrisu are seeking 10 million Ghana cedis in compensatory damages, 10 million 209 Ghana cedis in special damages, an order for exemplary, aggravated and general damages, as well as costs, including legal fees.
Among other reliefs, the plaintiffs are also seeking declarations that officers of the Ghana Police Service committed torts and battery and false imprisonment against Mr. Iddrisu.
They also want a declaration that the defendants are “liable for the acts of officers of the Ghana Police Service”.
On March 27, last year, Mr Iddrisu allegedly suffered a fractured skull after the police brutally assaulted him in front of the CID headquarters in Accra while reporting on a protest by supporters of the NDC against the detention of then Deputy General Secretary of the party, Koku Anyidoho.
Some policemen are alleged to have subjected Mr. Iddrisu to severe beatings. Describing the nature of the assault, the plaintiffs, in their statement of claim, averred that the Multimedia Group Limited assigned Mr. Iddrisu to cover the protest by supporters of the NDC against Mr. Anyidoho’s arrest.