Dancehall musician Charles Nii Armah Mensah, aka Shatta Wale, is being sued by Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, also known as Bulldog, for allegedly defaming him.
After the musician threatened to reveal his supposed secret regarding the death of late talent manager, Fennec Okyere, Bulldog commenced a defamation suit against Shatta Wale. The plaintiff seeks damages in a suit lodged at the Accra High Court for claimed defamation and malicious dissemination of lies against him by the defendant.
The Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall crooner Shatta Wale, wrote in a social media post on Wednesday, November 2, “Bull Dog, since you are bringing out secrets, you will tell Ghanaians what happened to Fenicks (sic) Murder!!- And this time, I’m not kidding!”
According to Bulldog’s attorneys, these claims aim to imply that he planned, carried out, or assisted in Mr. Okyere’s death. They said that the police have begun a new inquiry into the death of Mr. Okyere as a result of these statements. Bulldog’s team, however, is adamant that these claims are untrue, nasty, and only serve to tarnish the artiste management.
1. A declaration of the Court that the series of publications made by the Defendant as particularised in the Statement of Claim are defamatory to the Plaintiff.
2. A declaration of the Court that the series of publications made by the Defendant in the Statement of Claim are malicious.
3. An order of the Court directed at the Defendant to on all his social media pages or accounts, make a publication on seven (7) consecutive days of an unqualified retraction of and unreserved apology for the defamatory words that the Defendant has published about the Plaintiff, such retraction and apology to be vetted and approved by the Plaintiff’s lawyers.
4. An order of the Court for perpetual injunction restraining the Defendant, his agents, workmen, assigns and servants from publishing or further publishing any defamatory words against the Plaintiff.
5. General damages for defamation.
6. Special damages for defamation.
7. Punitive damages for malicious publication of falsehood against the Plaintiff.
8. Cost, and
9. Any other orders or remedies that the Court may deem fit
On Thursday, March 13, 2014, unidentified assailants assassinated Fennec Okyere, the controversial artist Kwaw Kese’s manager, at his Manet Gardens home on the Spintex Road in Accra. At the age of 31, he passed away.
The Police Criminal Investigative Department (CID) has identified Lawrence Nana Asiama Hanson as a suspect in the death of Fennec Okyere.
Bullgod (then known as Bulldog), who frequently feuded with Fennec Okyere, allegedly threatened him in an interview, which is why this happened.
On the Attorney General’s recommendation that there was no evidence against the suspect, the courts released Bulldog in 2017.