The sudden closure of Salt FM in Agogo, Ashanti Region, has sparked tension and unrest among residents.
The National Communications Authority (NCA) visited the radio station premises on February 6 to enforce the shutdown due to the station’s failure to renew its authorization license.
This move by the NCA triggered anger among some residents who opposed the closure, leading to a demonstration.
Tensions had been escalating since February 4 when Ohene Kwame Frimpong, the station owner, was barred from organizing a health walk to announce his intention to run as an independent parliamentary candidate in the 2024 elections.
Security personnel intervened, citing a violation of the Public Order Act, as the organizers allegedly did not inform the police about the gathering and planned procession.
The closure of Salt FM has fueled speculations and discussions in Agogo, with many residents viewing it as an attempt to thwart Frimpong’s independent candidacy bid in the upcoming elections.
Despite the closure, the station’s management has not issued an official statement, leaving residents and observers anxious and uncertain about the future of Salt FM.