Court slaps Ken Agyapong with GhC130k damages for lying about Kweku Baako

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The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr has floored the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Agyapong in a defamation suit.

On Friday, the vociferous lawmaker was slapped with GhC100, 000 damages and a cost of GhC30,000 totaling GhC130,000 for making defamatory comments against the seasoned journalist.

Mr Kennedy Agyapong had used words Mr Baako deemed were defamatory against him in addition to that, Mr Agyapong dared Baako to pursue a lawsuit against him.

The NPP firebrand has 30 days to retract and apologise three times on the platforms he used to defame Mr. Baako.

Background

Mr. Baako had sued the Assin Central MP at the Accra High Court, seeking damages to the sum of GH¢25 million for defamation.

According to Mr Baako, the lawmaker defamed him on a radio talk show called Boiling Point on Oman FM and Adom Badwam talk show on Adom FM on separate dates.

Mr Baako also prayed the court to direct Mr Agyapong to “publish on three consecutive occasions on the same platform that he published the defamatory words, an unqualified retraction and an apology, with the same prominence as given to the issuance of the defamatory words. Other costs including legal fees and any others as this honourable court may deem fit.”

While talking on Boiling Point on Oman FM, Mr Agyapong according to the plaintiff allegedly said the following about him.

“You [referring to the plaintiff], Anas and your lawyer, yeah, they are real evil guys [referring to the plaintiff and Anas] … Kweku Baako will collapse NPP’s government should he allow it. Have you seen what he started with Charlotte Osei…?”

The plaintiff avers the defendant further made the following disparaging statement against him on the same show: “I said he is not a saint. Kweku Baako is not a saint. He is evil … very evil man … he’s a very evil man”.

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