The Chairman of the National Council for Persons with Disability and Husband of Zita Okaikoi, Minister for Tourism has filed a suit at an Accra High Court seeking a damage of GHC150, 000 against the Editor of The Publisher Newspaper and Modern Communications, Publishers of the newspaper.
The suit filed on Tuesday November 23, is also asking the Newspaper to retract the libelous story from all media outlets and desist from further publications on the subject.
The Plaintiff also wants the defendant to pay in full the legal cost incurred in prosecuting the case for “injuring his feelings, lowering his reputation, honor and dignity in the eyes of right thinking Ghanaians, discrediting his career and business links and for exposing him to perpetual public ridicule”.
According to the Plaintiff, Mr. Mr. Andrew Okaikoi, the Publisher Newspaper in its Thursday 18th – Sunday November 21st 2010 edition, put out a story with the headline GHC 96,440 Visa fraud… Veep and Zita’s Husband fingered.
He said the story continued “practically scandalizing him and choosing to circuitously describe him as Zita’s hubby as if he was anonymous.
According to Mr. Okaikoi, the publication which sought to impinge on his reputation and defame his personality, also posted his photograph with the “malicious headline”. The Paper alleged that Mr. Andrew Okaikoi is under pressure to refund Ten Thousand Ghana Cedis to one Isaac Kumodze, a businessman he allegedly used his wife’s office and GIPC to dupe.
Mr. Okaikoi said “prior to the publication of the malicious story, the paper had confronted him with the same visa fraud allegations, after which he cautioned them not to put it out since it was false.
He said he went further to show them a disclaimer he had delivered to NDC executives of Dome-Kwabenya Constituency on August 21, 2010.
He noted that his wife; Zita Okaikoi also denied the story and warned the newspaper not to publish the story and threatened to sue them if they did.
The Managing Editor of the Publisher Newspaper Mr. Yaw Obeng Manu confirmed to Citi News that his office has been duly served with the writ.
He said he stands by his story and is ready to face the Plaintiff in Court.