Former Inspector General of Police, Mr. David Asante-Appeatu has officially notified the Accra High Court of his decision to discontinue the case in which he had dragged Host of Net2 TV’s The Seat show, Justice Kweku Annan before the Court for defamation.
Former IGP Asante-Apeatu in July sued Kennedy Agyepong’ protégé Justice Kweku Annan for defamation (Suit No. GJ/1106/2021; David Asante- Apeatu (suing per his lawful attorney Nkum Asmah) v. justice Kweku Annan).
Justice Annan in a TV broadcast on Net2 television accused the former IGP of being a fence for criminals in Nigeria and Ghana. The embattled presenter also accused the IGP of working in cahoots with criminals and on the payroll of top criminals in Ghana.
However, Mr. Annan had evaded service continuously after the former Police Chief filed an action in Court until lawyers for the former IGP procured alternative service through newspapers and by pasting copies on the premises of Net2 television. Mr. Annan refused and neglected to file an appearance in court until lawyers for Mr. Asante-Apeatu applied for judgment in default of appearance and defence which was scheduled for hearing in November. But after filing an appearance through the brother of Kenney Agyapong in October, Mr. Annan failed to file any defence to date.
On Tuesday 7 December 2021, lawyers for Mr. Asante-Apeatu led by Sammy Darko attempted to move an application on notice for judgment in default of defence. Although the lawyers had complied with all the rules and a copy of proof of service on lawyers of Mr. Annan were on the docket, Justice Baiden, the Presiding Judge asked them to slow down. He admonished them to be careful with the action and in his own words-“counsel did not know who they are dealing with”.
But in a notice to the court dated 8th December 2021, the former IGP has notified the Court of his intention to discontinue the matter.
Reacting to this on Facebook, Manasseh said his “sources close to him say Mr. Apeatu’s decision is due to some pronouncements made by the judge in open court the last time the case was called.
“According to my sources, the former IGP believes he has a strong case, but he has lost faith in the judiciary and does not want to waste his time on the matter,” he wrote.
He added: “We are not in normal times in Ghana. The Chief Justice should be worried about this development.”