Captain Smart arrested for ‘unsavoury pronouncements’

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    The Nima Police Command has arrested popular radio/tv host, Captain Smart, for what the police say are “some unsavoury pronouncements that hinge on peace and security.”

    This is according to a statement from the police service.

    Captain Smart, whose real name is Blessed Godsbarin Smart, is the host of Onua FM/TV’s morning show.

    He is popularly known to be critical of governments on his radio and television shows.

    The police say he has been cautioned on the offence of offensive conduct, conducive to breaches of the peace under section 207 of the Criminal Act, 1960 (Act 29).

    He is currently in police custody assisting investigations.

    The National Media Commission (NMC), the organisation responsible for checking professional media standards, in a statement, said Captain Smart called for “insurrection against the state of Ghana and its institutions” in a recent broadcast on Onua FM.

    The NMC said he was “heard allegedly inciting the Ghana Armed Forces against Members of Parliament and also calling on them to stage an uprising.”

    He is particularly quoted in the NMC statement to have said: “Where we have reached, we require an uprising with positive defiance. I am even shocked at Ghana’s soldiers. You can enter Parliament when MPs are being sworn in, but when MPs are fooling, you can’t enter Parliament. Everybody is quiet in this country.”