After losing a defamation action against Energy Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), was hit with damages of 500,000 Ghana cedis.
The decision was handed down on Thursday, October 13, 2022, by the General Jurisdiction 12 of the High Court in Accra, which was presided over by Justice Charles Gyamfi Danquah.
The court determined that Sammy Gyamfi defamed Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, who is also a lawmaker for Manhyia South, when Sammy Gyamfi claimed Seidu Yakubu MBA, who is suspected of being involved in the kidnapping of the two Canadian girls in 2019, is Dr. Opoku Prempeh’s errand boy during a press conference in June 2019.
The court also mandated that Gyamfi publish a retraction and an apology after awarding damages.
The National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is set to challenge a High Court’s judgement in a defamation case brought against him by Energy Minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh.
The NDC Communications Officer in reacting to the judgement said the High Court erred as its decision is contrary to the evidence that was put before the court.
“More importantly, I hold the view that the court’s decision to totally disregard the testimony of my witness, DW1, Mafus Jibril who testified that the said Seidu Mba was in fact the errand boy of Plaintiff and was in his company when he (DW1) was attacked in Manhyia sometime in 2012, constitutes a grave miscarriage of justice,” on his social media page, he posted.
Mr. Gyamfi stated that to immediately contest the High Court’s ruling, his attorneys will submit a “notice of appeal and a motion for a stay of execution.”
I believe justice will be carried out.
“It is important to remember that this is simply the court of first instance’s ruling, and it is not binding.
I’m committed to seeing this issue through to its logical conclusion,” he continued.