Embattled suspended Central Regional 1st Vice-Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party [NPP] in the Agona West Constituency, Horace Ekow Ewusi, has said ‘sorry’ and admitted to have lied about ace investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako in court following a galamsey exposé.
According to him, all he said about the duo were fabricated and does not have any evidence whatsoever to back his claims.
He pleaded he cannot pay an amount of 25 million Ghana cedis the plaintiff was demanding and prayed to the court for an out of court settlement.
"That in discussing issues surrounding illegal mining, I uttered words to the effect that Mr. Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr and Anas Aremeyaw Anas together with Aleska C & G and Heritage mining were involved in 'galamsey' activities destroying Ghana’s forest.
"I further stated that Mr. Kweku Baako came to plead on behalf of Aleska C & G and Heritage Mining to Professor Frimpong-Boateng and attempted to bribe Charles Bissiw and Professor Frimpong-Boateng on two occasions, first with two hundred thousand dollars and later upped it to two million dollars.
"The said allegations are false and same should not have been made on the progamme. In this regard, the comments made are incorrect is most regrettable.
"I, Horace Ekow Ewusi, do hereby apologize and unconditionally and unreservedly retract the allegations and comments made against Mr. Abdul Malik Kweku Baako and his associates during the discussions on the aforementioned television program.
"I finally, undertake not to further publish or reproduce the said allegations."
Court orders Ekow Ewusi To Apologise
An Accra High Court has ordered Horace Ekow Ewusi to render an apology to the Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Abdul Malik Kweku Baako for accusing him of engaging in galamsey.
Mr Ewusi is to cause a publication in the Daily Graphic Newspaper and also appear on Accra-based Adom TV’s Badwam where he made the accusation against the journalist to offer the apology.
Mr Baako sued Mr Ewusi for alleging in a TV interview in April 2019 that he [Baako] was engaged in galamsey and linked him to Alaska C & G Mining.
Mr Ewusi is among six persons who were picked up by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service in connection with some 500 missing excavators seized from illegal miners (galamseyers) in the country.