Contrary to media reports that Ernest Kofi Owusu Bempah’s Tema house would be sold to pay the remainder of Ibrahim Mahama‘s judgment, the former says he has no such property in the industrial city of Ghana.
After National Investment Bank on 20 January 2021 issued a cheque with the face value of GH¢107,000 from the account of Ernest Owusu Bempah to Mr. Ibrahim Mahama in compliance with an order of the Court, Owusu Bempah still has GH¢203,000 to pay Mr. Mahama for defaming him, MyNewsGH reported.
The online portal also filed that the business mogul has initiated a process to put a plush 3-bedroom house allegedly belonging to Owusu Bempah to pay the remainder of the judgement debt of GH¢310,000.00.
But a statement issued on Thursday, January 21, 2021, and copied to Ghanaguardian.com, Owusu Bempah brushed aside the claims saying it is “false and very defamatory”.
“The claim that I, Ernest Owusu Bempah is pleading with Ibrahim Mahama to have the matter settled behind closed doors is false and very defamatory.
“Again, the claim that I have a house in Tema and that it is being sold to defray the cost of the damages is also false.
“I don’t own any property in Tema and such fiction can only come from the figment of the imagination of a deluded mind.” He averred.
It could be remembered that Businessman and brother of the former President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama, Ibrahim Mahama sued Ernest Owusu Bempah, Communications Director of Ghana Gas Company Limited and Despite Group of Companies GH¢2 million each for defamatory comments but the judge awarded GH¢300,000 instead.
Also, the court directed the defendants to publish a retraction and apology in the Daily Graphic and on the same platform those defamatory words were used against the plaintiff.