The media has been charged by the Former President John Agyekum Kufuor not to give their platforms to fraudulent people and tricksters who make vain promises.
The comments by John Agyekum Kufuor comes in the face of the recent murder of a 10-year-old boy by two of his friends at Coca-Cola near the Great Lamptey Mills School, a suburb of Kasoa in the Central Region, in their pursuit to make quick money.
According to Mr. Agyekum Kufuor, the two suspects, alleged minors, who are aged 16 and 17, were victims of people who have been paying attention to fraudulent TV personalities.
In an interview on Tuesday on an Accra-based TV station, Mr. Agyekum Kufuor said “How could young people do this? What do they know? Unfortunately, [the] media […] are giving so much exposure to tricksters and fraudulent people, promising everything. When you look at them you should know that these are people who are themselves just bad and ignorant. That is not the way for our society to go.”
He further urged all media houses to cut out content and people that could “defraud the society”.
Mr. Kufuor admonished: “We need to do that, [the] media and, of course, the authorities too should come up and tackle all these people who are now virtually hijacking the airwaves with vain promises and trickery. They should be eradicated….”
One of the suspects, according to the Police, confessed that a spiritualist, whom they had discovered on television agreed to help them become instant billionaires if they would provide a human being and a sum of GH¢5,000.
Per the police charge sheet, the two admitted that they killed the 10-year-old Ishmael by hitting his neck with a club.
This was after luring him into an uncompleted building under the guise of selling him a video game at Lamptey Mills, a suburb of Kasoa in the Central Region.
This development has incensed a large segment of the Ghanaian society who are calling for an end to the appearance of spiritualists and Mallams on television who promise unreasonable get-rich-quick avenues for the unsuspecting youth.