The Central Regional 1st Vice Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Horace Ekow Ewusie has sued an ex-convict and a notorious drug baron, Mr. Edward Okraku Adum for defaming him and asking the court to grant him GH¢1million damages.
Couple of weeks ago, it was widely reported in the media landscape that Mr. Okraku Adum who referred to himself as an ex-convict leveled some facetious allegations against the First Vice Chairman in a petition addressed to the National Security Minister, Mr. Kan Dapaah and copied the President Akufo-Addo likewise the Central Regional NPP Chairman, Mr. Robert Kutin Jnr.
But Mr. Ewusie in a writ filed at a High Court in Accra on July 18, 2018, a copy as obtained by Awake News, has denied all contents of Mr. Adum’s petition emphasizing that he [Mr. Ewusie] has never been a friend of Mr. Okraku Adum let alone defrauding him by false pretense and other related offenses as he alleged in his petition.
“The defendant [Mr. Okraku Adum] claims to be a friend of the Plaintiff [Mr. Ewusie] a questionable fact which is not only untrue but palpably false and dishonest” – the writ said
The Vice-Chairman said the contents of the petition with it related news publications are not only false but “malicious, dishonest, defamatory, scandalous, and fraudulent”
Mr. Ewusie who said he is a member of the inter-ministerial task force on illegal mining has described the petitioner, Mr. Adum as a “notoriously, incurably and sufficiently known” galamseyer (illegal miner) who has teamed up with other illegal miners whose working tools have been seized and confiscated by the Task Force to damage his hard-earned reputation hence distracting him from carrying out his duty in a bid to end galamsey.
For him, the said delusional petitioner, Mr. Okraku Adum “through his so-called petition coupled with the fact that the defendant has facilitated, assisted, and encouraged some malicious publications in the print media has lowered” his “reputation in the minds of right-thinking men/women within the community that he lives”.
He is, therefore, asking the court to direct the defendant [Mr. Adum] to pay him general damages of One Million Ghana Cedis (GH¢1m), retract and apologize to him in full-page Daily Graphic, same print media he used to publish the fallacious statements and other relevant media as the plaintiff may deem necessary for five continuous days; restrain the defendant and any other orders that the court may deem fit.
Below is the writ: