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General News of Thursday, 28 June 2018

Source: dailyguideafrica.com

A-Plus storms court for Ursula suit

Controversial musician, Kwame Asare Obeng, aka A-Plus, has stormed the registry of the Accra High Court to pick the defamation writ brought against him by the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.

This comes just few days after the Labour Division of the court granted an application by lawyer for the Minister, Gary Nimako, to serve A-Plus on his Facebook wall as efforts to serve him proved futile.

After news broke that he was hiding, he decided to storm the court to pick the summons himself.

He was in the company of his lawyer, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, who will be representing him once they complete the filling.

He, however, encountered some difficulties in picking the summons, as the bailiff was unwilling to give him the summons because of the court order to serve him on Facebook.

A-Plus, who was not impressed by the bailiff’s decision went to the extent of threatening to organise a press conference to “tell everybody that they don’t want to serve me because they know they will lose.”

He and the bailiff ended up in the office of the registrar who, after listening to the musician’s reasons to come for the summons himself, asked the bailiff to give A-plus a copy of the summon.

A-Plus later took to Facebook where he debunked allegations that he was running away from the suit.

He expressed his readiness for the hearing once his lawyer studies the documents.

Defamation Suit

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful sued Mr Obeng, controversial musician and sympathiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for defamation.

A suit filed by her lawyer Gary Nimako at an Accra High Court prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction on A-plus and his assigns from making further “defamatory comments” about her.

This follows the refusal of the vocal musician to retract and apologize for alleged comments he made which suggested that Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful was involved in some corrupt deals at the Communications Ministry.

A-plus allegedly used his Facebook platform to accuse the minister of shady deals regarding the KelniGVG contract, which has generated a lot of controversy.

Part of the relief being sought by Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful is “an interlocutory injunction to restrain the defendant/respondent (A-plus) whether by himself, agents, servants, hirelings, privies or any person claiming under him or through him from making any further defamatory comments or publications about the plaintiff on Facebook or any media platform whether electronic or howsoever.”

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