An Accra High Court has ordered lawyers for Minister
of Education, Martin Opoku Prempeh aka Napo to serve the Communications office
of the opposition NDC,
Sammy Gyamfi through substituted service.
to the court, the plaintiff can go ahead and publish his defamation suit
against the defendant in the Daily Graphic newspaper as well post it on the
notice board of the Accra High Courts.
order follows an application by the lawyer for Dr. Prempeh for an order for
substituted service after the NDC communications officer was allegedly swerving
bailiffs to avoid being served.
Dr. Prempeh, who doubles as Member of Parliament (MP)
for Manhyia South, dragged Sammy Gyamfi, to court for defamation.
In his statement of claim, he averred that Sammy
Gyamfi had greatly injured his positive image by falsely linking him to one
Seidu Yakubu, aka ‘Nba’, the alleged ringleader in the kidnapping of two
Canadian girls in Kumasi recently.
The lawyers said the defendant’s statement had dented
Napo’s image both in Ghana and abroad, considering the fact that the said
statement was widely captured in the media and other electronic platforms.
The statement said over his entire public and private
life, Napo has led a decent lifestyle worthy of emulation and so Sammy Gyamfi
had no justification to link him with miscreants to dent his image.
According to him, Sammy Gyamfi, by his statement,
intentionally portrayed Napo as a person who supports thuggery, kidnapping and
other illegal acts without any proof.
Dr. Napo’s suit prayed the court to restrain Sammy
Gyamfi and his agents from further making or publishing defamatory words
They also urged the court to order Sammy Gyamfi to
apologize and retract the defamatory statement with the same prominence the
defamatory words received within seven days after the judgment.
Again, the plaintiff wants the court to fine Sammy
Gyamfi GH¢1 million for allegedly making defamatory statements about him.
Aside from the huge cash fine, the writ of summons
filed on June 25 by Sarkodie Baffuor Awuah & Partners, said Dr. Prempeh had
asked the court to order Sammy Gyamfi to retract and apologize for the
defamatory statement within seven days after the judgement.