Mr. Edward Akufo-Addo, Managing Director of Amaadi Cold Stores Limited and a biological brother to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has sued Accra FM's Presenter, Kwabena Bobbie Ansah, the Class Media Group and two others for defamation.
The defendants are said to have claimed that the President's brother has been using Ghana’s Presidential jet, also known as ''The Falcon''.
The 1st Defendant is Class Media Group, followed by Kwabena Bobbie Ansah.
The 3rd defendant, who allegedly made the allegation, “touts himself as the Executive Director of a group called the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), whereas the fourth defendant also touts himself as the Executive Director of a group called the Good Governance and Advocacy Group Ghana.”
In a writ sighted by Peacefmonline.com, Bumpty, as the plaintiff is affectionately called, is demanding GHC 10 million in damages, an apology and an order restraining the defendants from further denigrating him.
Statement of claim
According to the plaintiff, the claims also suggest that at the expense of the state and the Ghanaian taxpayer, he uses the Presidential Jet for his personal business unrelated to the official state duties.
He says the claims also give the impression that, that plaintiff travelled on the Presidential Jet to Abuja for his personal business, while the President of Ghana was in France on official duty, and that he used and treated it as if the same were his family property, and that his conduct is an affront to the Ghanaian public.
Plaintiff says “the words complained of are utterly false and a product of the Defendant’s malicious imagination and were calculated solely to disparage him and bring his name into opprobrium.”
It further said that, “In seeking aggravated damage, the Plaintiff shall contend and so prove that the Defendants in publishing or causing to be published the statements complained of, were actuated by malice, in that they knew the words complained of to be utterly false, yet, 1st and 2nd Defendants looked on as 3rd and 4th Defendants make the statements without exacting any form of proof.”
Plaintiff says that 2nd Defendant particularly repeated the impugned publication on another radio station and could not defend same when probed by the host.
Plaintiff says that, “unless otherwise restrained by this Honourable Court, Defendants will continue to publish similar and other defamatory statements about the Plaintiff”.
Plaintiff, therefore, claims against the defendants jointly and severally; Ten Million Ghana Cedis (GH¢10,000,0.00) damages for defamation contained in the publication by Defendants on 29/05/21 and more particularized in paragraph 9 of this Statement of Claim.
GHS2.8M Private Jet Trips...Ablakwa Drags Prez To Parliament
NDC Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, recently revealed that he has filed an urgent question in Parliament over what he considers to be wasteful expenditure on President Akufo-Addo’s foreign travels.
The MP has alleged that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has spent an amount of GHS 2.8 million on his recent travels to only South Africa and France using the services of a private jet, while the Presidential jet is parked.
Read full writ below: