Former Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah Calls for Retraction and Apology from Joy News Over Inaccurate Report.
Former Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has taken a stance against a recent report by Accra-based Joy News, insisting that the news outlet retract its inaccurate reportage concerning her bank account details. Legal representatives for Dapaah assert that the Joy News report, which claimed she had millions of dollars in her bank account, contained false information. Lawyers on behalf of Dapaah penned a letter to the Multimedia Group, urging them to issue an unqualified apology for disseminating these “false statements” that alleged $5 million and GH¢48 million were located in her Prudential Bank accounts.
The legal team emphasized that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) had clarified the narrative through an official statement, yet the media outlet persisted in its coverage, characterized by malice. The letter underscored, “Despite this rebuttal, at 7pm of 10th August 2023, your outfit continued to post material alluding to the false statement that $5m and GHS48m had been found in our client’s bank accounts.”
Cecilia Dapaah has issued an ultimatum for Joy News to retract the erroneous information and offer an apology within three (3) days from the receipt of the letter, utilizing the same platform and extent of coverage as the original report. If this demand is not met, she is prepared to take legal action against the media outlet.
The report in question, dated August 10, had claimed that during a search conducted at Dapaah’s Abelemkpe residence, the OSP uncovered a significant sum of US$590,000 in cash, along with an astonishing GH¢2.7 million in cash. The Special Prosecutor subsequently froze seven accounts linked to the former minister.