One of the Montie Fm panelists, accused of threatening justices of the Supreme Court, Alistair Nelson, has blamed his comments in which he and Godwin Ako Gunn, threatened to kill the judges to a disease called “kpokpogbligbli.”
According to him, “kpokpogbligbli is an unknown disease that takes over a person’s body and controls what he says and does.
Nelson made the rather weird confession when he appeared before the Supreme Court to explain why he and others should not be “committed to prison for contempt of court, for scandalizing the court, defying and lowering the authority of the court, and bringing the authority of the court into disrepute.”
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The Court issued a warrant for the owners of the station, host of the station’s ‘Pampaso’ programme, and the panelists, who threatened to kill judges over their handling of a case on the credibility of the voters’ register to appear before them to answer for contempt charges.
According to Citi FM’s Fred Tettey Djabanor, Alistair apologized to judges saying he was under the influence of the ‘kpokpogbligbli’ disease. The said disease, which is in the Ghanaian Ga dialect, is not widely known to many.
He is said to have also stated that, the producers failed to give him the topics for discussion for the day hence his comments, adding that he was sorry and would not make such comments again.
On his part, the host of the show, Maase Salifu, popularly known as Mugabe, apologized for for his comments, also adding that his producer fell ill and there was no one to control him in the studio.
Mugabe also stated that he regrets his comments and pleaded with the judges to forgive him as he has been a journalist of good repute for 15 years.
The owners of the station, Harry Zakour, Edward Addo, Kwasi Attuah and Kwaky Bram Larbi were in court, after they failed to appear on July 12.
The hearing of the suit is still underway.
By: Nana Ama Agyemang Asante/Fred Tettey Djabanor