Kofi Adams sues NPP’s Obiri Boahen for defamatory comments

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Organiser has sued New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s Deputy General Secretary Nana Obiri Boahen for defamatory comments.

Kofi Adams in the suit filed Wednesday said Obiri Boahen had alleged he had stolen some vehicles belonging to the state – comment he found disparaging.

In the wake of alleged missing 208 vehicles from the pool of cars at the presidency, five vehicles belonging to the NDC National Organiser were seized.

They include two land cruisers and three pickups. The police seized the vehicles, but released them after theiri investigations revealed they belong to Mr Adams and not the state.

Mr Obiri Boahen is reported to have said the vehicles were stolen from the state by Mr Adams – statement he said was defamatory to his personality.

Counsel for Mr Adams, Samson Lardy Anyenini had written to the NPP Deputy General Secretary demanding an apology in seven days, which never came. 

NPP Deputy General Secretary, Nana Obiri Boahen

The suit which comes few days after the deadline for the apology had elapsed is praying the court to compel Mr Obiri Boahen to pay a compensation package of GHC1 million.

Mr Adams is asking the court to order the NPP Deputy General Secretary who is a lawyer to render “an unconditional retraction and an unqualified apology for the said defamatory comments/broadcast/publication, doing so separately and in the Daily Graphic newspaper, and for same to be given equal prominence as the complained comments/broadcast/publication within 14 days from the day of judgment.”

The NDC National Organiser also wants an order that the “contents of the 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 paragraph 12 above, and doing so within 14 days from the Day of Judgment.”

The other reliefs Mr Adams is seeking include;

(a) An order of perpetual injunction restraining defendants from any further comments of said complained defamation.

(b) General damages for defamation.

(c) Aggravated or exemplary damages for the malicious defamation.

(d) Compensatory damages of GHc1,000,000.00 each for injury to character and integrity.

(e) Cost, including legal fees.

However, Mr Obiri Boahen in an interview with Evans Mensah, host of Joy FM’s Newsnite programme Wednesday, said he was yet to be served with the writ although he has heard issues of the suit on various media platforms. 

He stated that once he is served with the writ by Mr Adams’ lawyers, he would respond to it appropriately.

“I respect the ethics of the legal profession, I respect lawyers for Kofi Adams, I respect Kofi Adams, I respect myself, I respect the judiciary process…I am a seasoned lawyer once he has filed a suit in court I don’t want to comment on the matter,” he added.

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