The Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bugri Naabu has been given a 48 hour ultimatum to retract and apologise over an allegation he made against Rockson Bukari.
Bugri Naabu had accused the Upper East Regional Minister and Otiko Afisa Djaba of being the masterminds behind the death of Adams Mahama.
Bugri Naabu on Monday, May 8 accused Otiko Djaba and the Upper East Regional Minister Rockson Bukari of being behind the killing of the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“You could remember Adams Mahama who certainly died when he was bathed with acid, [it was through] the same secret meetings …” Mr Bugri Naabu alleged in an interview with Radio XYZ
Speaking in an interview on Peace FM morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, lead counsel of the Minister, Samson Ayenini, lead counsel of Rockson Bukari said if Bugri Naabu does not apologise ‘unconditionally’, he will face the full rigours of the law.
“Our client wanted immediate action but we advised him to wait for a while to see if Bugri Naabu will apologise and retract the story. If he doesn’t do it, it means he has evidence to prove his statement…we have given him 48 hours to apologise. The 48 hours started yesterday (Monday) and if he doesn’t retract and apologise unconditionally; it must be in writing and he must undertake that he will never repeat those false claims anymore, he will face the law…”
A statement signed by Samson Lardy Anyenini of A-Partners@Law said two other media houses are also included in the ultimatum.
Attached is the full statement;
We hold the instructions of MR. ROCKSON BUKARI – UPPER EAST REGIONAL MINISTER, to demand a retraction and apology from you for your defamatory comments on an Accra Radio XYZ 93.1, which comments have been widely circulated including onClass 91.3 fm, www.classfmonline.com as well as www.ghanaweb.com on Monday May 8, 2017.
Our client takes very seriously your false forceful yet direct accusation of felonious conduct on his part of “deep involvement” in connection to the unfortunate murder of the former regional Chairman of the NPP in 2015, and for which named individuals are presently standing trial at the High Court.
Our client’s demands are for an immediate unconditional unequivocal written retraction and apology for those unprovoked and maliciously defamatory statements.
Our client, for the avoidance of doubt, wishes to place on record that your said allegations are completely false and that that also explains why investigations by appropriate state authorities have never remotely linked him or any person(s) associated with him with the dastardly act.
The retraction and unconditional apology must contain an undertaking NEVER to repeat said false claims, and same must be given same prominence as the complained publications and republications within forty-eight hours (48) from the 6pm of date first above.
We have firm instructions to, without further notice to you, and upon your failure, neglect or refusal to fully satisfy our client’s demands herein, take out a suit and hold you, the platforms used and those carelessly republishing, liable for your said defamatory comments.
The Editors/Operators of Radio XYZ 93.1, Classfm are by copy of this notice deemed duly requested and served separately to comply separately accordingly.
Be advised accordingly.