Ibrahim Mahama sues Chairman Wontumi; demands GhȻ2m damages .

Private businessman, Mr Ibrahim Mahama, has sued the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako for defamation.


He said Mr Boasiako made defamatory comments against him on March 30, 2014 at a public forum at Obuasi in the Ashanti region, and is therefore demanding among other reliefs, GhȻ2million in damages against him.

Mr Ibrahim, who is a brother to President John Dramani Mahama is seeking is a declaration that, the statement made by the defendant (Boasiako) are false, malicious and defamatory.

He is also seeking an order, compelling Mr Boasiako to publish an unqualified apology and a retraction of the statement made in all the newspapers and tabloids in which the statement were published.

Mr Ibrahim in a writ filed at an Accra Fast Track High Court, claimed that on March 30, 2014 at a peoples forum in Obuasi in the Ashanti region, Mr Boasiako mounted the platform and said: “President Mahama and his brother Ibrahim Mahama have loaded all the money into their pockets.”

“Each and every day, they increase petrol prices and then you and I, the down trodden suffer to pay for the increase.”

“They keep the monies in their pockets, and use it to buy planes, aeroplanes, in which they fly. Each week President Mahama and his brother Ibrahim travel to South Africa. You my brother, the monies President Mahama has given to his brother, have you got any? Does someone pay for your children’s school fees?”

According to the statement of the claim, the statements made by Mr Boasiako who is also known as Chairman Wontumi, were repeated and broadcast by radio stations across the country and were published in various tabloids, national newspapers and on the internet and websites accessible both locally and abroad.

It said the meanings by inference and otherwise ascribed to the words complained of are that the plaintiff (Ibrahim Mahama) has somehow taken into his possession monies not belonging to him and has treated same as his own property for personal use.

"That the plaintiff is somehow engaged in a secretly orchestrated enterprise of stealing those monies".

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