Private legal practitioner, Ace Ankomah has dragged a social media commentator, Kevin Ekow Baidoo Taylor to court for allegedly defaming him.
Ace Ankomah is demanding damages to the tune of GHc10 million. Joined to the lawsuit is Mr. Taylor’s media firm, Loud Silence Media.
Ace Ankomah in his writ is seeking “damages in the sum of GHc10,000,000 for the defamatory statements published by the defendants on defendants’ Facebook page ‘With All Due Respect – Loud Silence Media’ on 23/07/19 and YouTube on 24/07/19, the subject matter of this suit.”
Ace Ankomah claimed that Kevin Taylor had falsely accused him of being involved in a scandalous deal between the defunct Menzgold Ghana Limited and Horizon Royal Diamonds that resulted in the arrest of Nana Appiah Mensah, Chief Executive Officer of Menzgold Ghana Limited in the United Arab Emirates.
According to the writ, Mr. Taylor who works with the Loud Silence Media on July 23, 2019, published a video on his Facebook page claiming that Mr. Ankomah together with Mr. Gabby Otchere Darko, a member of the governing New Patriotic Party, schemed to discredit disgraced CEO of defunct Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah, popularly known as NAM1.
Kevin Taylor in the video also claimed that Ace Ankomah branded NAM1 as a criminal hence leading to his arrest in the UAE.
Mr. Ekow Taylor in the said video also accused Ace Ankomah of bad-mouthing NAM1 in the local media over a long period of time.
Mr. Ace Ankomah in his writ argued that the accusations have negatively affected his reputation both on the local and international scene thus resorting to court.
Mr. Ankomah had in an earlier statement rejected the claims by Kevin Taylor.
The private legal practitioner, in his writ, is among other things demanding “aggravated damages for the reckless and malicious publications of the said video. Exemplary damages for the reckless and malicious publication of the said video. Compensatory damages for the damage done to the plaintiff’s reputation.”
He is also seeking a “perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from publishing any further defamatory material about the plaintiff.”
Ace Ankomah who is a member of pressure group, OccupyGhana also wants Kevin Taylor to retract and apologise for the publication.
“A retraction and apology by the defendants with the same prominence and circulation as the publication on the 23rd and 24th days of July 2019. An order for the defendants to pull the video from their Facebook walls and any other social media platforms where they posted same.”
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