The Managing Director of Bulk Oil Storage & Transportation Company (BOST, Alfred Obeng, has instituted legal action against a member of the National Communication Team of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, for calling him a thief.
Mr. Obeng is therefore praying to the court to award him GH¢5,000,000, having suffered irreparable damages from the utterances of the NDC communicator about him.
Mr. Obeng is also praying to the court for an order of injunction to restrain Sammy Gyamfi, his servants or agents or otherwise from further uttering, broadcasting or causing to be published, words or any words and images in a manner that suggests that he is a thief and engaged thievery at BOST or criminal activity.
In a suit filed at a Kumasi High Court, Thursday, May 24, 2018, Mr. Obeng complains that on or about April 19, 2018, the NDC Communicator appeared as a panelist on Adom TV’s ‘Badwam’ where he called him a thief and someone who has been stealing from the company (BOST) where he is the Managing Director while the Special Prosecutor watches on without taking any action.
Gyamfi while contributing to the discussion of double salary made claims in the Twi language which was interpreted to mean that Mr. Obeng is a thief and has been stealing from BOST while the Special Prosecutor watches on.
To Mr. Obeng, all the claims of Gyamfi are false because he ” is not a thief, has not engaged in thievery at BOST and not a criminal”.
He averred that Gyamfi at all material times to this present action knew or should have known that he as the Managing Director of BOST is accountable to the Board of Directors of the company and for that matter, cannot take unilateral decisions.
The BOST MD further argues that Gyamfi should have known that since he (Obeng) is accountable to the Board of Directors of the company, he cannot steal or engage in thievery without being brought to book.
That notwithstanding, Gyamfi should have known that before his appointment as MD of BOST, he (Obeng) was a successful businessman and CEO of Approachers Group of Companies, a reputable Ghanaian company which has been in existence for 20 years.
Mr. Obeng further contends that his reputation has been seriously or gravely damaged and has suffered considerable distress and embarrassment as a result of Gyamfi’s utterances.
Mr. Obeng agues that by the utterances of Gyamfi, he is likely to be relieved from his position.
That aside, BOST’s corporate image has suffered and continue to suffer as a result of Gyamfi’s malicious comments.
In addition to that, the corporate image of Approachers Group of Companies has also suffered and continue to suffer due to Mr. Obeng’s long standing association with the company.
He said since he has greatly been “damnified” by the conduct of Gyamfi, he is entitled to the award of special damage; damage to professional reputation – GH¢1,500,000; damage to social reputation – GH¢2,000,000; and psychological stress and embarrassment – GH¢1,500,000, all amounting to GH¢5,000,000.00.