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Mahama murder: Bukari demands apology from Naabu

Upper East Regional Minister Rockson Bukari has demanded an unqualified apology from the New Patriotic Party’s Northern Regional Chairman Daniel Bugri Naabu for alleging that he (Mr Bukari) had a hand in the murder of the party’s late Upper East Regional Minister.

A letter from Mr Bukari’s lawyers signed by Mr Samson Lardy Anyenini said their client takes “very seriously your false forceful yet direct accusation of felonious conduct on his part of “deep involvement” in connection to the unfortunate murder of the former regional Chairman of the NPP in 2015, and for which named individuals are presently standing trial at the High Court.”

“Our client’s demands are for an immediate unconditional unequivocal written retraction and apology for those unprovoked and maliciously defamatory statements,” the letter said.

Mr Bukari is also demanding an apology and retraction of the story from ClassFMonline.com and Radio XYZ.

Below is the full letter from Mr Bukari’s lawyer

MAY 8, 2017

MR. DANIEL BUGRI NAABU NORTHERN REGIONAL CHAIRMAN NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY TAMALE

Dear Sir,

DEMAND NOTICE - IMMEDIATE RETRACTION OF & UNCONDITIONAL APOLOGY FOR DEFAMATORY CLAIMS AGAISNT MR. ROCKSON BUKARI – UPPER EAST REGIONAL MINISTER

We hold the instructions of MR. ROCKSON BUKARI – UPPER EAST REGIONAL MINISTER, to demand a retraction and apology from you for your defamatory comments on an Accra Radio XYZ 93.1, which comments have been widely circulated including on Class 91.3 fm, www.classfmonline.com as well as www.ghanaweb.com on Monday May 8, 2017.

Our client takes very seriously your false forceful yet direct accusation of felonious conduct on his part of “deep involvement” in connection to the unfortunate murder of the former regional Chairman of the NPP in 2015, and for which named individuals are presently standing trial at the High Court.

Our client’s demands are for an immediate unconditional unequivocal written retraction and apology for those unprovoked and maliciously defamatory statements.

Our client, for the avoidance of doubt, wishes to place on record that your said allegations are completely false and that that also explains why investigations by appropriate state authorities have never remotely linked him or any person(s) associated with him with the dastardly act.

The retraction and unconditional apology must contain an undertaking NEVER to repeat said false claims, and same must be given same prominence as the complained publications and republications within forty-eight hours (48) from the 6pm of date first above.

We have firm instructions to, without further notice to you, and upon your failure, neglect or refusal to fully satisfy our client’s demands herein, take out a suit and hold you, the platforms used and those carelessly republishing, liable for your said defamatory comments.

The Editors/Operators of Radio XYZ 93.1, Classfm are by copy of this notice deemed duly requested and served separately to comply separately accordingly.

Be advised accordingly.

------------------------------------ SAMSON LARDY ANYENINI, ESQ. A-PARTNERS@LAW

CC: •MR. ROCKSON BUKARI – UPPER EAST REG. MIN. •THE EDITORS/MANAGEMENT RADIO XYZ, CLASSFM

Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu, the New Patriotic Party’s Northern regional Chairman, has accused Mr Rockson Bukari, the Upper East Regional Minister, as well as Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, of having a hand in the murder of the party’s late Upper East Regional chairman Adams Mahama.

Mr Mahama was murdered in an acid attack at his residence in 2015.

“You could remember Adams Mahama who certainly died when he was bathed with acid, [it was through] the same secret meetings …”, Mr Bugri Naabu alleged in an interview with Radio XYZ while responding to allegations of bribery made against him by Ms Djaba whose “secret” meeting he scuttled on Saturday.

“You’ll be surprised that some of these people who masterminded the killing of Adams have come to take positions in the government … like the Upper East Regional Minister. He was deeply involved in the masterminded killing of Adams,” Mr Bugri Naabu alleged to Radio XYZ's Reporter Isaac Nognya in an exclusive interview.

He also said: “Otiko has been a controversial woman in the party. As I’m telling you, this Adams issue, she was deeply involved, so because of that most of us who know her will call her a controversial woman…”

Mr Naabu also said the party executives in the Northern Region will not watch aloof as the “Sandema constituency organiser who is supposed to be Paul Afoko’s younger brother” is also given a position in the Akufo-Addo government as a District Chief Executive.

“… We are not going to sit down to allow this to happen, people who will come and destroy our government, to come and spoil our government, we the regional chairmen have been talking since yesterday and we are not going to take it like that,” he said.

Speaking to ClassFMonline.com on the allegation, Mr Bukari said: “I won’t talk about it. … I don’t want to have a comment on it. ...Let it be all over the place. Almighty God knows what is happening.”

Source: Class FM

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