Bullgod drags Shatta Wale to court over defamation

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Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, has been sued by his former manager, Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, popularly known as Bulldog.

Bullgod is suing Shatta Wale for defamation after the musician threatened to expose his alleged secret involving the death of late artiste manager, Fennec Okyere.

In a social media post on Wednesday, November 2, the ‘My Level’ hitmaker wrote, “Bull Dog, since you are bringing out secrets, you will tell Ghanaians what happen to Fenicks (sic) Murder!! And I am not joking about this time!!”

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“I am ready to tell the court about what you told me about you and your men and how you planned that foolish act, get ready. This Akufo-Addo won’t give you a murderer (sic) chance to be on our streets!!! Watch how this ends!!! You can’t fight time!!!”

In the court documents filed at an Accra High Court, Bullgod’s lawyers indicated that these statements seek to suggest that he planned, effected or had a hand in Mr Okyere’s death.

They added that Shatta Wale’s claims also meant “that the Plaintiff is a criminal gangster and a danger to society and ought to be in jail (rather than walk freely in the streets).”

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Also, “that his (the Defendant’s) claims in the publication are factual, truthful, and must be taken seriously by the public and law enforcement authorities.”

They indicated that these statements have triggered a re-investigation into the death of Mr Okyere by the police.

But, Bulldog’s team insist that these statements are false, malicious and only defames the artiste manager.

That’s not all, the lawyers cited other statements Shatta Wale has made which they believe to also be defamatory.

They include claims that Bulldog had allegedly said former President Mahama asked him to procure gun men for a supposed job and also women for him.

 

The lawyers noted that these statements implies that “the Plaintiff is a person who engages in illicit gun violence, contract killing and other related crimes,” and also “that the Plaintiff is in the trade of procuring, controlling, and arranging prostitutes in return for money and other material gains.”

Thus, Bulldog is seeking a declaration from the court that these statements and others highlighted in the suit are defamatory and malicious.

He  is also calling on the court to direct Shatta Wale to retract his allegations and apologise to him.

Bulldog is demanding that the ‘Ayoo’ hitmaker apologise “on all his social media pages or accounts, make a publication on seven consecutive days” adding that “such retraction and apology to be vetted and approved by the Plaintiff’s lawyers.”

He is also seeking a perpetual injunction that hinders Shatta Wale from publishing any defamatory comments about him.

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