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GFA Prez sues Countryman Songo, Abatey for defamation

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi
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Two sports presenters, Patrick Osei- Agyemang aka 'Countryman Songo' and Kofi Asare Brako aka 'Abatey', as well as their media outfit Multimedia Group Limited (MGL) have been sued by Ghana Football Association (GFA) President, Kwesi Nyantakyi for defamation.

Mr Nyantakyi's suit, which has already been served, is asking for $2m in damages from the two presenters and the MGL for ‘years of consistent lies and calculated negative campaigns’.

The defendants are required by the court to file their witness statements by the end of the month after Nyantakyi produced over 100 recordings of lies calculated to defame him and the football federation.

The recording dates back from 2012 until 2014 when Abatey was a presenter at Asempa FM before switching to Atinka FM. As such the two presenters are being held to account over their claims on Asempa FM against Nyantakyi.

The radio station and its parent company have also been accused of giving an unfettered platform to damage the reputation of Nyantakyi – as some its other Twi language stations toe a similar line.

The lawsuit claims false reports about Nyantakyi were “broadcasted by Asempa FM throughout the world” via the internet and has severely damaged his reputation.

Led by Teddy Sory, lawyers for Nyantakyi are seeking punitive damages for libellous statements calculated at damaging his reputation in the eyes of the public.

The lawsuit, filed at the Fast Track court in Accra, said the reports on Nyantakyi by the radio station were “false and malicious” and he is armed with over 100 recordings of the programmes which have been marked as slanderous.

Nyantakyi said their claims have caused him “humiliation” and “distress” and that he “has been subjected to unfathomable amounts of ridicule and public scorn”. 

Songo’s Fire for Fire programme has mainly been modelled on Nyantakyi who has been the subject of discussion on his sports show for the past five years.

The CAF Executive Committee member wants an end to the bad-mouthing and unprofessional conduct of the above-mentioned journalists to end.