Citi FM journalist, Caleb Kudah, has recounted his traumatic ordeal at the hands of the National Security operatives after he was released from detention for unlawfully filming abandoned state vehicles at their premises on Tuesday.

The ‘Back Page’ host alleged that he was continuously assaulted that he had to lie about his Ewe ethnicity since he feared the situation could have worsened if he told the truth.

“One operative asked ‘Which tribe is he?’ and another replied that ‘He is an Ewe’. There and then, I knew that if I confirmed it, my beatings would have doubled.

“And for some reason I just said, I am from Cape Coast. Then one person amongst them said ‘People from Cape Coast don’t do that [film unauthorized places]’’ he told host Bernard Avle on Wednesday.

According to him, he was manhandled continuously whilst in custody.

Mr Kudah revealed that he was slapped multiple times despite pleading to be released after he admitted to filming at the premises.

“They were slapping me from the back. I will be talking to one of them, and someone will just come and slap you from the back, and you will feel dizzy at once.

“At this point, they had handcuffed me, and now and again, one will come and press it harder so that I feel the pain,” he recounted.

Following his revelation, the National Security Ministry said it had launched an investigation into the alleged assault in a statement on Thursday.

Chief Director of National Security Secretariat, Lt. Col. Ababio Serebour (Rtd), indicated that the Ministry upholds the rights and freedoms of the citizenry and always strives to maintain the ethics and professional standards guiding operational duties.

“The Ministry, therefore, takes with all seriousness the allegations of manhandling of the two journalists during the interrogation. The Ministry has therefore initiated investigations into the said allegations,” he added.