Court Awards GH¢1.5m Against Ex-NDC MP For Defamation

Ibrahim Dey

An Accra High Court has
awarded a whopping GH¢1.5 million as damages against former National Democratic
Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Salaga South, Ibrahim Dey Abubakari,
for making defamatory statement about former National Security Advisor, Alhaji
Baba Kamara.

On March, 20, 2017, Alhaji
Baba Kamara initiated a court action against the former MP.

He sought damages to the tune
of GH¢20,000.000 and perpetual injunction to restrain Ibrahim Dey from making further
defamatory statements about him.

Ibrahim Dey Abubakari is
said to have accused Alhaji Baba Kamara of inflating contract costs in the
renovation of the Vice Presidential mansion and pocketed monies meant for Salaga
water project in three voice recordings.

He also accused the former National
Security Advisor of diverting official vehicles for his personal use.

However, the defendant
Ibrahim Dey denied the claims when he was served the writ of summons.

The former MP stated he had
not authorized anybody to record or publish any defamatory statements about
Alhaji Kamara.

The court, after the trial
on April, 5, 2019, found Ibrahim Dey liable, stating that the former MP had the
intention of damaging the reputation of the former National Security Advisor,
Senior Presidential Advisor, former High Commissioner and businessman.

The court subsequently
ordered him to pay a compensation of GH¢1,500.000 to Alhaji Baba Kamara, as
well as cost of GH¢5,000.

The judge, Justice Patience
Mills-Tetteh, in her ruling, said “incivility is gradually creeping into
our society, people give bad reports about other people on our airwaves
without checking the authenticity of the facts and this must be controlled; public
servants of this country must be lifted up and be respected after services to
this nation.  It’s not right to accuse people of wrongdoing when it
has not been established by any means that they have committed those
offences. 

“This nation must not encourage dissemination of false news, and provocative vocabulary on our airwaves because it can cause irreparable damage on the image of the person who are the subject of discussions. It does not pay to use words to tear up people in authority,” she added.

By Gibril Abdul Razak



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