Former Deputy Minister for Youth Sports in the erstwhile Mahama administration, Joseph Yammin has sued the Member of Parliament for Assin Central in the Central Region, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong for defamation.
Among a number of reliefs, Joseph Yammin wants GH¢95 million for the damage done to his reputation after Kennedy Agyapong alleged that he, Joseph Yammin, was conspiring to assassinate certain key figures within the NPP and some diplomats.
Kennedy made the allegation on May 14, 2020, when he appeared on his TV network, Net2 which is joined in the suit as the second defendant.
In the said report, the Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong called on National Security to act fast because the plaintiff and other NDC bigwigs were “desperate for power” and would “kill” to achieve their end. He alleged the plaintiff was acting in concert with others to also “kill expatriates”.
According to the statement of claims sighted by ABC News, Evans Amankwah who is counsel for Joseph Yamin said as his client is a politician, a farmer, a former government official and a potential president, Kennedy Agyapong’s comment were “false and mendaciously made to tarnish his reputation.”
He said even after he took steps to ask the two defendants to retract and apologise, “they did not budge..”
The counsel for Joseph Yammin further indicated that the alleged defamation has caused his client ‘financial and emotional distress’ while his family has also suffered “public disaffection.”
Citing a case to buttress his claim, Counsel for Yamin explained an “unknown” expatriate once confronted his client and threatened to kill him and his family if any expatriate were to die in Kumasi.
For portraying his client as ‘a wicked murderer,’ counsel for the plaintiff wants the court to order a GH¢95million compensation package for his client and also wants a retraction and an apology aired on Ken City Media, owned by the first plaintiff.
Evans Amankwah further stated that his client wants the apology to be done three times a day in a whole year.