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Nana Agradaa’s Thunder TV, one other shut down for transmitting without licenses; Agradaa in custody

Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority, have shut down Thunder TV which belongs to controversial spiritualist Patience Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa.

Another station, Ice1 TV, which also belongs to the spiritualist has also been shut down. The two were closed down for operating without licenses.

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The operation took place at about   2200hrs on 20/04/2021. The team arrested the offenders among which included the owner of Thunder TV, Patience Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa and seized two (2) equipment each used in the illegal transmission from both premises.

Nana Agradaa is said to be in the custody assisting with investigation.

According the to the Minister of the communication Ursula Owusu Ekuful the move is also part of efforts to rid the airwaves  of unregulated television stations promoting certain content which may affect public order, public morality and the rights and reputation of others.

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Concerns have been raised in recent weeks about the content on various TV stations following the gruesome murder of a 10 year old boy Ismael Mensah by his two friends, said to be 16 and 17 years, on the orders of fetish priest for money ritual purposes

Here is a communique from the Minister of Communication on the development

At about 2200hrs on 20/04/2021, a joint team of Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority, stormed the premises of two satellite television stations, namely, Thunder TV and Ice1 TV, who were illegally transmitting without licenses, at Kasoa in the Central Region

The team arrested the offenders among which included the owner of Thunder TV, Patience Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa and seized two (2) equipment each used in the illegal transmission from both premises. Nana Agradaa advertises her “Sika Gari” on her TV station, which she claims is her personal god that multiplies money with some rituals she makes. She has hence admitted to this illegality and is currently in custody assisting with further investigations.

The influx of unregulated television stations on air have led to promotion of certain content which may affect public order, public morality and the rights and reputation of others. As such, efforts are underway to rid the system of this canker and reduce overcrowding on Ghana’s air waves.

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