The Chief for Ngleshie Lafaa Barima, Nii Ayi Okufuobour I, says he would drag the Editor of the Heritage newspaper to court for maligning him.
The paper in a story headlined, Mallam market traders cry foul Over daily harassment, appeals to Prez, IGP reported in its Wednesday, 27th May 2020 edition that the Mallam Market Traders Association is appealing to the President and the Inspector General of Police to immediately arrest and prosecute one Nii Ayi Pampanku for constantly harassing market women and traders.
According to the association, almost on daily basis, Nii Pampanku and his men storm the market to terrorize innocent traders all in the name of claiming ownership of the land.
Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, the president of the association, Mr Nat Wystan Beaumonts, said sometime last year, Nii Pampanku and his men stormed the market with guns and fired warning shots sporadically and chased the traders out.
Mr Beaumonts said the association immediately called for his arrest and upon his arrest, the Odokor police and the Regional Police Command found in Pampanku’s possession one bag of a substance suspected to be weed, guns, cartridges and cutlasses
He said while the police were investigating the matter, calls came from two senior members in government asking the police to drop all the charges and the suspects were released instantly.
He said after their release, Nii Pampanku and his boys did not refrain from harassing residents in Sakama Goil Filling Station area, Stanly Owusu area, Mallam Market, Mallam Junction Lorry Station, Tipper Truck Station, Caitec Company, Lower McCarthy and Upper McCarthy. Other places are Menskrom, Oblogo and Tetegu.
However, Nii Pampamku has flatly denied these allegation and has threatened to drag the paper and its editor to the law courts to substantiate the allegations.
Giving his reaction to this portal, Nii said “When I read the report, there is absolutely no shroud of evidence or truth. It is a fabrication aimed at setting me up against the people of Mallam”.
It is clearly aimed at creating a hedge between my humble self and chiefs and people.
Nii Pampanku says he has directed the matter to his lawyers who have advised him to take the paper on.
“I have contacted my lawyers and serious action would be taken against that paper. It is a shame that some people will hide behind the noble profession- journalism; but that is why laws exist and I am strongly advised to take on the Heritage newspaper.”