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Business News Sun, 1 Sep 2019

We don’t owe you GHS 1,074,733.32 – De-Geons to Nduom’s GN; retract, apologise

De-Geons Investments Limited, one of over 4,000 companies, schools and individuals whose names were released to the media by Groupe Nduom’s GN Bank (later GN Savings and Loans) as debtors, has denied owing the conglomerate chaired and presided over by Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom and demanded a retraction of the publication as well as an apology.

A letter written to Dr Nduom by the solicitors for De-Geons, said their client is “no longer indebted to the Bank.”

The letter said: “Our client acknowledges that it was once a customer of the Bank on or before the 19th day of December 2016 and has hitherto ceased to be a customer of the Bank.

“That our client is not indebted to the bank and the said publication is false, malicious and calculated to damage its reputation.

“That on or before the 19th day of December 2016 our client fully amortised all the amount of monies it owed the Bank and sequel to this the Bank by a letter dated 19th December 2016 and signed by its Credit Manager of Middle Zone, Alexander Ashie acknowledged that our client had fully settled all its indebtedness”.

As a result, the solicitors said: “Our client has, therefore, instructed us to bring the above to your notice and to also inform you the following: That the information that was published about our client is spurious and false as our client is not indebted to GN Bank Limited since November 2016.

“We also inform you to withdraw the publication you made about our client and to also apologise to them of the said false publications in the same media.

“Consequently, the false publication has damaged the reputation of our client, hence legal action would be taken against you for any loss that may be occasioned or has occasioned to them should you fail to comply with paragraph 2 above”.

Read the full letter below:

30TH AUGUST, 2019

DR PAPA KWASI NDUOM

RE: FALSE PUBLICATION

We write letter on behalf of our client, DE-GEONS INVESTMENT LIMITED and under the directives of the Managing Director of the same in respect of your publications of the debtors of the erstwhile First National Savings and Loans now GN Bank Limited.

The said publications first came to the notice of our client at the website of myjoyonline.com and subsequently from his colleagues, business partners and finally from discussions at the various media houses including UTV and its associated Hello FM.

By virtue of the said publication you indicated vide item 73 that our client is indebted to your GN Bank Limited of an amount of one Million, Seventy-Four Thousand Seven Hundred & Thirty-Three Thousand Ghana Cedis thirty-Two Pesewas (GHC 1,074,733.32).

Premised on the above our client informs us to put it to you as follows:

Our client acknowledges that it was once a customer of the Bank on or before the 19th day of December 2016 and has hitherto ceased to be a customer of the Bank.

That our client is not indebted to the bank and the said publication is false, malicious and calculated to damage its reputation.

That on or before the 19th day of December 2016 our client fully amortised all the amount of monies it owed the Bank and sequel to this the Bank by a letter dated 19th December 2016 and signed by its Credit Manager of Middle Zone, Alexander Ashie acknowledged that our client had fully settled all its indebtedness.

Notwithstanding paragraph 3 supra, the Bank, by letters dated 9th November 2016 and 19th December 2016 wrote to the Chief Registrar of the Land Registration Division of the Lands Commission and the Regional Lands Officer, respectively, all in the Ashanti Region, to discharge the mortgage deed executed between our client and the Bank.

The letters further indicated that our client is no longer indebted to the Bank and therefore the property that was used as collateral was to be released from all obligations.

Our client has, therefore, instructed us to bring the above to your notice and to also inform you the following:

That the information that was published about our client is spurious and false as our client is not indebted to GN Bank Limited since November 2016.

We also inform you to withdraw the publication you made about our client and to also apologise to them of the said false publications in the same media.

Consequently, the false publication has damaged the reputation of our client, hence legal action would be taken against you for any loss that may be occasioned or has occasioned to them should you fail to comply with paragraph 2 above.

Be accordingly informed.

Thank you.

___________________

SOLICITOR/BARRISTER

Source: classfmonline.com
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