Abena Osei-Asare, a Deputy Minister of Finance, has sued the New Crusading Guide’s Editor-in-Chief, Kwaku Baako Jnr, the publication, and a writer for tying her to the demolition of a building at Roman Ridge.
She stated that a report titled ‘Dubai Embassy demolition frenzy, Minister and spouse fingered’ was published in October 2021.
According to a report by myjoyonline, “an attempt was made to tie the former President, John Dramani Mahama, with the aforementioned demolition” when the “journal originally broke the same story on October 18, 2021.”
The property was allegedly demolished by the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly because the land belonged to the former president.
On April 4, 2022, the publication purportedly reprinted the same story.
According to Myjoyonline.com, the land in question was granted in the owner’s favor by a High Court in 2015, against three people named Adjei Darko, Francis Don Lartey, and Alhaji Adams.
When the court entered into effect in May 2016, the plaintiff, Frank Nuamah, was given possession of the property.
The High Court, in a judgment written by Justice Afia Serwaa Asare Botwe in November 2020, dismissed a request by one of the defendants in the case, Alhaji Adams, to have the judgment set aside.
Following that, the owner, who has owned the home since May 2016 and has no ties to the Deputy Minister, carried out the demolition.
As a result, Abena Osei-Asare is seeking damages for defamation, as well as a retraction and apology from the publishers.
She also claimed in the writ that the publication is attempting to portray her as a lawless individual unfit for public service.
She claimed that her reputation had been “seriously harmed” by the words, and that her image had been reduced in the eyes of right-thinking citizens, prompting the complaint.
Below is the writ: