A 24-year-old Ghanaian social media user, Bless Kodjoe Amedegbe, is
in the grip of the police for trying to rally Ghanaians to kill police
officers and burn President Nana Akufo-Addo’s house.
In a video shot at the time the President imposed a three-week
lockdown to control the spread of the contagion, Bless Kodjoe incited
the public to defy anti-coronavirus directives.
He charged Ghanaians to revolt against national authority and retaliate with attacks on law enforcement personnel if opposed.
He alleged that the country’s leadership had intentions to wipe out many citizens via 5G equipment.
He added that authorities were rolling out the installation of 5G
infrastructure across the country, which was responsible for some deaths
in Ghana and not the coronavirus.
“All the holes they dug are for 5G network cables. Everybody should
get angry and rise up. If any police challenges you, kill him (the
police). I am the one giving you the authority to kill him (police). If
you like you (public) can go and burn Nana Akufo-Addo’s house…If you
keep mute and refuse to act, we will all die,” Bless instructed in the
video that went viral.
“Ghanaians should think. Arm yourselves and storm the streets. If a
police attacks you, beat him up because Nana Akufo-Addo knows what he
wants to do. He wants to kill people. All our children would die, 5G is
what killed people in China, America and Nigeria,” he boldly stated.
“Corona is not killing anyone,” he boldly stated.
Even though Ghana’s coronavirus cases were rising at the time, with
confirmations from the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the Ministry of
Health (MoH), the Africa Union’s Africa Centres for Disease Control and
Prevention, and the World Health Organisation (WHO), Bless stated that
the spread of the disease was a hoax.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old amateur YouTuber has been remanded by an
Accra Circuit Court over the video provoking revolt, cop killing and
arson of President Akufo-Addo’s home.
He would reappear before the court presided over by M.E. Essandoh on May 22.
Bless Amedegbe, who circulated the fake news, also called on the
public to defy social distancing directives issued by the President.
Under Ghana’s Electronic Communication Act, persons who spread fake news
are liable for fines up to GHc 36,000 and or prison terms.