The Paramount Chief of Osu, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI has dragged Graphic Communication Group Ltd, publishers of Daily Graphic Newspaper, Kweku Baako Media Ltd, publishers of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper and the Eagle Media and Communications Ltd, also publishers of the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper to court for publishing what he claims are defamatory stories against him.
Others includes David Ashong also known as Nii Nortey Owuo III, Victor Okwei Nortey, Paa Solomon Quaynor and Ishmael Nortey Adumuah also known as Nii Nortey Adumuah.
The above named media houses in their Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10 edition published a story captioned ‘Osu Mantse Cautions Tenants, Developers and Business Owners…Over Osu Stool Lands’.
The papers claimed that “The usurper chief has been intimidating tanants on Osu Stool and other lands with threats of Court action” and has sued a good number of tenants for a large sum of money.
A claim Nii Dowuona VI discribed as defamatory hence the suit aganst the defendants, therefore damanding for 10 million Ghana Cedis damages.
He is also demanding from the court ‘an injunction restraining the defendants and each of them, whether themselves, their agents, servants, workers or any entity authorized by them or any other person[s] or publishers from further publishing any similar or further libelous materials about him （the plaintiff）.’
The writ, filed by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Kwame Fosu Gyeabour ESQ. of Fosu- Gyeabour and CO; Kyidom Royal Chambers on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, point out that unless the defendants retract the offending publications in the same mode and prominence as published within fourteen  days after judgment and render an unqualified apology to plaintiff.
In an attached documents upon which the plaintiff intends to support his claims stated that the ‘plaintiff is the Paramount Chief of Osu whose name is in the National Register of Chiefs as the Osu Mantse and also the President of the Osu Traditional Council.’
‘The plaintiff is also the member and the President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs and a member of the National House of Chiefs, a businessman and a Director of several local and international companies.’
‘The plaintiff is also a representative of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs at the National House of Chiefs, a board member of the Lands Commission and also a board member of the Dubois Centre under the Ministry of Tourism and has been statutory recognized as the Chief of Osu who performs all public functions and ceremonies of the state on behalf of the Osu Stool.’
‘The said publications have brought plaintiff into public scandal, odium, ridicule, insult and contempt among his colleagues, family members, certain individuals and the general public and have caused or have the propensity to cause other persons, colleagues of plaintiff and the general public to avoid the plaintiff.’
‘’The publications also have the propensity of denying the plaintiff’s stool revenue, income and profits due to the stool and from realizing the fruits of numerous judgments plaintiff has obtained on behalf of the stool over Osu Stool lands, the publications have lowered and continue to lower the plaintiff in the estimation of right thinking members of the society generally,” Nii Dowuona Counsel averred.
By: Muhammed Faisal Mustapha