This follows reports that the two social media commentators escaped the court service.
NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman is suing Afia, A Plus United Television Ghana, Dr Fadda Dickson Narh, Nana Ama McBrown and Emmanuel Barnes (Mr Logic) for contempt after they discussed him on United Showbiz.
The plaintiff’s lawyer, Maurice Ampaw, inter alia stated that “…the 4th Defendant received the platform of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants with the support of the 5th and 6th Defendants, as well as other panel members to discuss the alleged sexual relationship of the 4th Defendant with the Petitioner, which is a subject for decision of the Court and it is subjudicial.”
Although the ex parte motion was filed on July 14, 2022, the 4th and 5th defendants, Afia Schwarzenegger and A Plus respectively, were not served in person, hence the decision to be served via the daily newspapers.
Substituted Service Order signed by (sgd) Sebastian A. Agbo, Registrar at the High Court and served on page 30 of the July 20, 2022 edition of the Daily Graphic newspaper reads:
ON READING the affidavit of MAURICE KWABENA AMPAW of H/No. 775/2, Abiba Lane, Accra, in the Greater Accra Region of the Republic of Ghana, filed June 18, 2022, in support of the ex-parte motion for an order of substituted service.
AND ON JULIUS ACKAH, ESQ., for MAURICE KWABENA AMPAW ESQ., attorney for and on behalf of the plaintiff hereto;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the 4th and 5th defendants receive the motion for contempt by substituted service.
a) Posting copies of the minutes on the Tema High Court notice board.
b) By displaying copies of the publication once in the National Daily Graphic News.
The order takes effect after 8 days of publication.