Captain Smart, host of the morning show on Onua TV, was detained by agents from the National Investigations Bureau (NIB).
Rumor has it that Captain Smart was detained on his Wednesday evening commute home from the office.
According to a Facebook post by his media business, Onua TV, which was seen by GhanaWeb, “BNI (now NIB) detained Captain Smart earlier on his way home from the office(Onua 95.1 FM / @Onua TV grounds).”
This week, the Ministry of Information claimed the journalist cast aspersions on the character of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
This announcement followed a broadcast made by Captain Smart on October 17, 2022, in which he accused the president of engaging in galamsey activities, also known as unlawful mining.
The ministry called Captain Smart’s assertions untrue and spiteful, and they also said the journalist had practiced unethical and irresponsible journalism.
In its statement, the administration said it was sending the case to the National Media Commission for investigation and resolution.
Captain Smart, in a future episode of his show, repeated his accusations against the president despite a statement from the government that threatened legal action.
The government’s actions and inactions in the fight against illegal mining, he said, were the basis for the accusation.
Because of these factors, Nana has risen to the position of galamsey kingpin. While Senior Advisor to the President Osafo Maafo begged us to let Aisha Huang go after she was detained for a bribe of $2 billion, we refused. Do we value the $2 billion more than our land?
The second is that Chairman Wontumi is still at his role despite engaging in some really shady behavior. In the meantime, Kwabena Agyapong, Sammy Crabbe, and Paul Afoko were suspended for insubordination. As far as I can tell, they didn’t harm the state in any way, but the party was the main beneficiary. However, Wontumi is acting illegally and is a threat to the country. Have we reached a point where we value the party more than the nation?
The head of the Minerals Commission has also stated that Wontumi did not have permission to enter the Tano Nimiri forest. However, the government’s only response was to invite a group of young guys to bring some outdated pieces of machinery to the site so they could burn them. He said, “If you’re not a kingpin, fire Wontumi.”
He went on to say that according to the Minerals Commission Act, the state is the rightful owner of any mineral discovered on any site. If the president doesn’t make arrests of the perpetrators, he’s complicit in the crime.
‘If you’re taking custody of something and we can’t find it, then you should be questioned,’ he continued.
The president’s failure to put a halt to small-scale mining was the fourth reason given by Captain Smart.
You should outlaw small-scale mining if you are not a galamsey kingpin. To paraphrase him, “You know Small Scale Mining is ruining the lands and you’re not saying anything about it.”