March 28, 2023


The High Court, Accra, General Jurisdiction 12, presided over by Justice Charles Gyamfi Danquah, in a judgment delivered on 13th October 2022.

In the case of Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh v. Sammy Gyamfi, the court found that Sammy Gyamfi defamed Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Energy and MP for Manhyia South constituency, when Sammy Gyamfi, at a press conference in June 2019, stated that Seidu Yakubu MBA, suspected of being involved in the kidnapping of the 2 Canadian girls in the year 2019, is the errand boy of Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh.

The court has therefore awarded damages of 500, 000 GHC.

Sammy Gyamfi has also been ordered to publish a retraction and an apology.

What Sammy Gyamfi Said

Sammy Gyamfi is said to have stated during a press conference on Thursday, June 13, 2019 that, there was a “connection” and a “relationship” between Dr Opoku Prempeh popularly referred to as NAPO [Nana Poku] and Seidu Yakubu, also known as “MBA”, one of the accused persons in the June 4, 2019 kidnapping of the two Canadian women in Kumasi.

“Seidu’s association with the NPP is more than meets the eye. He is alleged to be the personal bodyguard of the Asokore Mampong MCE, Alhaji Alidu Seidu, and an errand boy for both Manhyia MP, Hon Mathew Opoku Prempeh and Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako (aka Wontumi),” Mr Gyamfi reportedly stated at the press conference.

Lawyers of the then Education Minister wrote to Sammy Gyamfi to retract and apologize for the allegations.

I Owe NAPO NO Apology – Sammy Gyamfi

When Lawyers of Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh wrote to Sammy Gyamfi to retract and apologize, the National Communications Director for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said he will not apologize.

“I have no apology to render to Matthew Opoku Prempah or retract my statement about him. If someone makes a statement saying it is alleged, does that make his pronouncement defamatory or malicious?

I owe Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh no apology, all that I’ve said is the truth and fact. If someone says what I said is defamatory and the advice of his lawyers is that he should go to court and thinks he can discern malice from that, he can take the lead to the court, the Judge will eventually rule whether there’s indeed malice in my statement or not. I have nothing to retract or apologize for relative to that statement.”

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