General News of Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Mr Kofi Adams of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sued three members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for defamation in connection with claims that he stole state vehicles.
The defendants are Nana Obiri Boahen (Deputy General Secretary), Kwame Baffoe, alias Abronye DC (Brong Ahafo Youth Organiser) and David Asante (Member of the NPP’s Communication team).
Mr Adams said in his statement of claim that the three NPP officials made separate comments suggesting he stole five cars that were seized from his residence a few weeks ago.
Among the eight reliefs being jointly and severally sought by Mr Adams against the defendants is for the court to cause them to compensate him with GHS1million each in damages.
All eight claims are listed below as follows:
(i) An order for an unconditional retraction and an unqualified apology for the said defamatory comments/broadcasts/publication. Doing so separately and in the Daily Graphic newspaper and for same to be given equal prominence and the complained comment/broadcast/publication within 14 days from the day of judgment
(ii) an order that the content of relief (i) above be subject to the prior approval of plaintiff and for defendants to personally and separately read out same on all media networks mentioned in paragraphs 12 above and doing so within 14 days from the day of judgement
(iii) an order of perpetual injunction restraining defendants from any further comments of said complained defamation
(iv) general damages for defamation
(v) aggravated or exemplary damages for the malicious defamation
(vi) compensatory damages of GHS1m each for injury to character and integrity
(viii) cost including legal fees
(viii) further or other reliefs
The five cars were seized on 1 February by a horde of police, DVLA and National Security officials on suspicion that they were stolen state assets but were later returned to him after he provided all the needed documents covering it.