Friday, 25 September

Court remands security man who incited arson on Akufo-Addo’s residence

The accused person incited arson on the President's home


A private security man who circulated a video of himself on social media inciting arson on President Nana Akufo-Addo’s home and assault against police officers during the partial lockdown period, has been remanded by a circuit court in Accra.

His Honour Emmanuel Essandoh adjourned 24-year-old Bless Amedegbe’s case to 28 May 2020.

The Maamobi-based Don Dada Bless, as the accused person, who works with VIP security company, is popularly known, is facing two charges of circulating false communication and assault on a public officer contrary to sections 76 (1) of the Electronic Communication Act, 2008 (Act 775) and section 205 (A) of the Criminal and Other Offences Act 1960, Act 29, respectively.

Per the briefs of the case, the complainant is an operative of the Bureau of National Investigation, National security.

The accused, who was arrested on 12 May 2020, according to the prosecutor, circulated the self-made video on YouTube and WhatsApp demonstrating his defiance of the President’s Executive Orders amid conspiratorial claims that the whole COVID-19 affair and its consequential social-distancing measures were a hoax to pave the way for the telcos to install 5G networks to kill the citizenry.

Apart from that, the prosecutor said the accused person also “incited the public to rise up against His Excellency the President and to set his personal house ablaze”, adding: “The accused, in his self-made video, again incited the public to kill any police officer executing the COVID-19 duties”.

He admitted to the offences in his caution statement and was subsequently charged.

Before Friday’s hearing, Don Dada Bless had been arraigned without a lawyer and remanded.

The case was adjourned to 28 May 2020 following a plea from his lawyer Yaw Danquah to accord him the opportunity to study what had transpired prior to his taking over of the case.