Ibrahim Mahama, brother of former President John Mahama, has forgiven the Director of Communications at Ghana Gas, Ernest Owusu Bempah a court fine of GHC203,000 slapped on him for defaming the former.
Ibrahim Mahama had secured a court order to collect GHC310,000 from Ernest Owusu Bempah’s account, but only Ghc107,000 was found in his account at NIB, so he was left with GHC203,000 to pay.
But Owusu Bempah called Ibrahim and apologized and also issued a statement to that effect, following which the latter invited him to his house and forgave him the debt.
Sources say Owusu Bempah received an invitation from Ibrahim to “come home for tea”.
In that invite, Ibrahim described Owusu Bempah as his “younger brother”, adding that he did not need the GHC310,000 for anything.
It would be recalled that Ibrahim Mahama sued Owusu Bempah along with the Despite Group of Companies, owners of UTV, for defamation with respect to comments Owusu Bempah made about him on UTV in March 2018.
Owusu Bempah had called Ibrahim Mahama a “thief” during “Adekye Nsoroma” show on UTV.
But in his apology letter, Owusu Bempah said, “The statement which I made then was made without any basis and was made without due regard to the hard-earned reputation of Mr. Ibrahim Mahama and I ought not to have made same. That statement I made about Mr. Ibrahim Mahama was not true then and is not true now and can never be true and that I have no reason to make the statement.”
Ernest Owusu Bempah further said, “Irrespective of how it happened, the facts remain that I should never have made such a statement of Mr Ibrahim Mahama. The statement was clearly derogatory and defamatory of the person and the enviable achievements of Mr. Ibrahim Mahama. I sincerely regret making that statement about him.”