The Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs), Senyo Hosi, has filed a defamatory suit against the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, seeking damages in excess of GHS8m.
Also joined in the suit are Kencity Media Limited, operators of Oman107.1 FM and NET2 Television, both owned by Mr Agyapong, as well as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Microfinance & Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Afia Akoto, as second and third defendants, respectively.
According to Mr Hosi, Mr Agyapong had peddled falsehood against him on Oman FM and Net 2 TV and later repeated the said claims accusing him of engaging in the criminal offence of “bribery and corruption of a public officer”.
Mr Hosi said Mr Agyapong had persisted in spreading said defamatory comments on other broadcast networks, disregarding plaintiff’s denial of his said defamatory comments.
It would be recalled that the MP claimed Mr Hosi had attempted bribing the Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST), Alfred Obeng Boateng, with $1million so a consignment of off-spec fuel sold to Movenpiina Company Limited by BOST would have been abrogated and rather sold to him (Mr Hosi).
According to Mr Agyapong, Mr Obeng Boateng rejected the bribe. He alleged on Accra-based Oman FM and subsequently on Accra-based Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen talk show that Mr Hosi was part of a cartel deliberately going after the BOST MD because he refused to sell the fuel to them.
However, Mr Hosi denied the allegation. He told Kwadwo Asare-Baffour Acheampong on Thursday 29 June that he had no incentive whatsoever to have bribed Mr Obeng Boateng.
“This is just not true. I will look for his number and speak to him, he is an MP and so I will need to accord him the respect and so I will call him and speak to him. But I will take a proper legal action against him to restore my image because it is libellous,” Mr Hosi said.
Mr Hosi stated in the writ that the third defendant joined Mr Agyapong in continuing to spread and circulate the defamatory comments by taking to Facebook to repeat and republish said/similar defamatory comments and more in absolute disregard to/and with “a mission to cause maximum damage to the reputation” against him.
The plaintiff is therefore seeking among other things an order for 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.
Additionally, Mr Hosi is seeking an order that the contents of the apology, subject to his prior approval, be read out personally and separately by the defendants on all the media networks mentioned in the suit.
Mr Hosi is also seeking damages to the tune of GHS 5, 000,000 for injury to character and integrity against Mr Agyapong.
Furthermore, he wants compensatory damages of GHS 3, 000,000 for injury to character and integrity against the second defendant.
Additionally, compensatory damages of GHS 1,000,000 for injury to character and integrity against the third defendant.
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