As The Herald Apologizes and Retracts Damaging Story
The Herald, is compelled to apologize to the 35-year old Ghanaian international businessman, Kevin Okyere, over its numerous publications, including one headlined, “Akufo-Addo betrays wife’s in-law to Buhari-Truth About His Nigeria Trip, Presidential Meeting in Peduase Lodge & The New Statesman Newspaper’s Role”.
Kevin Okyere, filed a lawsuit on October 1, 2015, seeking damages amounting to Gh¢10, 000,000.00 for libel, as well as an injunction restraining this paper from further publishing any such defamatory or similar defamatory words against him.
Based on agreement reached between The Herald’s lawyers, LithurBrew & Company, and Kevin Okyere’s lawyers, led by Thadius Sory, the paper is compelled to withdraw the offending words, innuendoes, claims, and suggestions against him, and his company; Springfield Energy Limited, and unreservedly apologize.
Mr. Okyere’s writ, mentioned him as a private businessman, and group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of the Springfield Group of Companies with offices in Ghana, Nigeria, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The court documents further mentioned Kevin Okyere, as operating in the United Kingdom (UK), and Switzerland and by virtue of hard work, has built a very successful image both locally and internationally.
It said, “plaintiff is an astute entrepreneur and, an accounting graduate of the George Mason University in Virginia, gifted with skills in business strategy, financial engineering and negotiations for the development of high-end commercial and development projects”.
Both Kevin Okyere, and Springfield, “have accomplished and established global investment projects and in firms in Francis, Telecommunications, Real Estate and Oil and Gas.”
Again, Kevin Okyere, and Springfield, the court papers said, have partnerships and strategic alliances with several large multilateral and multinational organizations and firms such as; Aker Solutions, BP Oil, Shell, Total, Vopak, SK energy, Glencore and SK Shipping, among others.
Mr. Okyere’s company, Springfield Energy Limited, the court paper said, was incorporated under the laws of Ghana and Nigeria with affiliates in other jurisdictions.
They have through their businesses and affiliates, established relations with local companies like, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), the Petroleum Commission, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tema Oil Refinery, BOST, Bulk Distribution companies, and Oil Marketing Companies.
Mr. Okyere according to his “Statement of Claim” imbibed his business skills from his father, Gabriel Kwesi Okyere alias Nana Adu Tutu II (Mampongtenghene), a very successful businessman of Oyoko Contractors Limited fame.
The Herald wishes to re-emphasize its apology to Kevin Okyere and the management of Springfield Energy Limited for any inconvenience the various publications caused them.