Edward Akufo-Addo, businessman and Managing Director of Amaadi Cold Stores Limited, who is a biological brother to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has sued Radio host of Accra FM, Kwabena Bobbie Ansah, the Class Media Group, and two others for defamation.
The defendants are said to have claimed that the plaintiff has been using Ghana’s presidential jet, also known as ‘The Falcon’.
“Plaintiff avers that in the course of the program, the 3rd and 4th Defendants, aided and encouraged by 2nd Defendant, published of and concerning false and malicious statements about Plaintiffs alleged use of the Ghana Presidential Jet, also known as “theFalcon”, the statement of claim cited by Citi News said.
Mr. Edward Akufo-Addo, popularly referred to as Bompty, is therefore demanding GHS 10 million in damages, an apology, and an order restraining the defendants from further denigrating him.
According to the plaintiff, the said defamatory statements were made on ‘The Citizen Show’ on Accra FM on May 29, 2021.
The program also aired on Accra FM’s Facebook page, Sunyani and Taadi FM, all of which are owned by the first defendant, Class Media Group.
The third defendant, who allegedly made the allegation, touts himself as the Executive Director of a group called the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), whereas the fourth defendant also touts himself as the Executive Director of a group called the Good Governance and Advocacy Group Ghana.
The plaintiff captures as follows, the verbatim reproduction of the impugned parts of the statements made by the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Defendants using 1st Defendant’radio station.
“Mensah:No, but we cannot continue to allow these people to take us to ransom. That presidential jet he has rejected, he says it cannot fly and all that, while he was traveling with the rented one, his sibling Bompty is the one who now uses the presidential jet.
Bobie:You don’t mean it.
Mensah:I am telling you, that’s a fact. Bompty uses the presidential jet, he uses it. The presidential jet is at the disposal of Bompty, your brother. It is the one he travels in wherever he goes.When you have wasted the resources of the country to rent the private jet then your brother would be cruising this one.
Bobie:Master, are you sure?
Mensah:It is the fact, I am telling you. I am saying this on authority that the presidential jet, the Falcon, is at the disposal of Bompty.
Listowe/1: Yes, his younger brother.
Mensah: That’s the one his younger brother is cruising in around. We don’t know what he is doing. It is the country fueling it (presidential Jet). Commander (referring to Bobie Ansah), all this information, it’s the embassies who give us this information because they track the flight radar of the Falcon. So when the presidential jet, having gone to hire a private jet, the Falcon would be in Abuja. Who was using the Falcon in Abuja? Bompty! What are we confronted within this town? You see, all these are there and Ghanaians we are not angry enough! This Falcon was bought by President Kufour, who used it.
Bobie:Kufour bought it at the tail end of his administration.
Mensah:When Mills came, he used it. Mahama came and also used it. You came just in 2018, you have spent monies to change the interior of the Falcon, wasted the country’s funds and afterward you say you don’t have a need for it. You are spending the country’s money to charter flights traveling around and have given the Falcon to your sibling as if it were family property. Is the Falcon a property of the family? Is the Falcon your family property to put it at the disposal of your brother?”