Bediatuo warns UPP’s Odike: Retract malicious and defamatory publication

Nana Bediatuo Asante, the secretary to the President, has denied claims by Odike that he is involved in illegal small scale mining

Lawyers of Nana Bediatuo Asante have written to Akwasi Addae Odike, the founder and Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), demanding a retraction and an apology for his alleged defamatory and malicious comments he made against the secretary to the President.

In a letter dated 24 August 2022, Gary Nimako Marfo, noted that he acts as lawyer for Nana Bediatuo Asante, the Secretary to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and writes pursuant to his instructions.

“We are informed that in August, 2022, you published among others, false defamatory claims on Oyerepa FM, 100.7 that “Bediatuo of Flagstaff House has brought people to Bosomefreho to engage in galamsey”.

“We are instructed to inform you that the said publication that you put in the public domain is absolutely false,” the letter read.

“It is instructive to point it out to you that you ought to have taken steps to verify the authenticity of the information before publishing same in the public domain.

“Clearly, your failure to verify such a serious allegation against a senior government official is deliberate and carefully calculated to malign, cause public disaffection, injure the reputation and reduce our client’s reputation in the eyes of right thinking members of society,” the letter of Bediatuo’s lawyers to Odike further read.

In view of this, the solicitors of the Secretary to the President indicated in their letter that they have their client’s instructions “to demand an immediate retraction and apology for the malicious and defamatory publication within a week upon receipt of this letter”.

“Please be informed that we have our client’s firm instructions to commence legal proceedings against you to vindicate his grievances without further recourse to you should you fail to accede to our request within the period stated,” the letter stated.

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