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Class FM, XYZ face possible defamatory suits; have 48 hours to apologise

Lawyers for the Upper East Region Minister Rockson Bukari are demanding a retraction and an apology from the Northern Region Chairman of the NPP Bugri Naabu, and two media houses- Accra Radio XYZ and Class FM for defaming the minister.

A statement signed by Samson Lardy Anyenini of [email protected] said the two stations have until 48 hours to provide a written retraction and apology or face the consequences.

The stations are accused of publishing an allegation made by the Northern Region Chairman of the NPP, Bugri Naabu, that the minister masterminded the murder of Adams Mahama, a former Upper East Chairman of the NPP.

Lardy Anyenini insists the felonious claim is “completely false” and that his client is “never remotely” linked to the dastardly acid attack in 2016 which led to the death of the Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP.

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 on Class 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.
Story by Ghana|Myjoyonline.com