The outspoken Member of Parliament (MP) for the North Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa became the subject of discussion over the weekend after he was captured on a video gone viral booting and kicking what is said to be court summons and writs on the floor after being served by a bailiff.
In the video, the MP was seen with another man said to be a Court Bailiff who had a set of documents described as court summons and writs he was trying to serve on the MP. They two were seen by the MP’s car having an inaudible conversation when they were joined by a third person.
It was clear from the video that Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa did not receive the documents from the supposed bailiff and attempted to enter his car.
The supposed bailiff on seeing that Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa was entering his car to drive off put, the documents on the MP and they fell on the floor. The bailiff then turned and walked away
The MP then got down from his car and used his right legs to give the documents a double kick on the floor to before he reentered his car and drove off.
On Friday, the video went viral with all manner of speculations until Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa himself wrote on his Facebook wall what seemed like some explanation as to what happened.
“After my appearance on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show this morning, a gentleman supposedly from the courts brought to the precincts of Metro TV court documents which suggest that one Kwabena Adu Gyamfi also claiming to have an alias as Victor Kusi Boateng has secured a 10-day restraining order from February 1, 2023 seeking to prevent me from putting out further publications on the Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng/Kwabena Adu Gyamfi Conflict of Interest and Double Identity Scandal.
“I have promptly instructed my lawyers to take the necessary steps. Truth and Justice shall not be buried. For God and Country. Ghana First”, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa noted on his Facebook wall.
Further checks showed that what Mr. Okudeto Ablakwa was seen kicking away were the writ filed against him by the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral, Rev Kusi Boateng.
Rev Kusi Boateng by the order has restrained Okudeto Ablakwa from making further public disclosures of the private information, documents, correspondence, communication and property belonging to the Applicant; and for such further order or orders as the Court deems fit.
The North Tongu MP had made several allegations against Rev Kusi Boateng in connection with the cathedral project.
However, by this Court Order, Mr OKudzeta Ablakwa, cannot continue to make any “disclosures of private documents, correspondence, communication and property belonging to the applicant” within the injunction period.
According to the MP, Rev Kusi Boateng had among several other things, make the secretariat pay some GH₵2.6 to a company he owns – JNS Talent Centre Ltd – which allegedly runs a crèche in Dawhenya.
Okudeto Ablakwa alleged that the directors of the company were Johannes Eshun, Sheila Eshun and Kwabena Adu Gyamfi.
He had also accused Rev. Adu Gyamfi of having a dual personality and of being a criminal.
The MP has also petitioned the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice to probe Rev. Adu Gyamfi.
Rev. Adu Gyamfi has strongly denied the allegations and accused the MP of defamation.
Rev Kusi Boateng, who is the founder and General Overseer of Power Chapel World, issued a press statement which said:
“I have taken note of some defamatory publications and allegations made against my person by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu. I am also informed that Mr Ablakwa has petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate the said allegations he has levelled against me.
“I wish to assure the general public that the statements made by Mr Ablakwa are a twisted narration of events to pursue a malicious political agenda. There has never been any criminal intent nor any crime committed in my dealings with the Government of Ghana or the National Cathedral.
“I look forward to the (CHRAJ) enquiry during which I will present my side of the matter to the Commission. I will subsequently also address the matters fully in public without first seeking to prejudice the public mind as he has done. Additionally, when all is done, I will seek redress against Mr Ablakwa for his deliberate defamatory statements against me.”