Nana Oye Bampoh sues ex-husband, Tony Lithur

There is still much to be resolved in the “wahala” surrounding the split between former president John Dramani Mahama’s attorney, Tony Lithur, and his ex-wife, Nana Oye Bampoe Addo.

Formerly known as Nana Oye Lithur, Nana Oye Bampoe Addo is suing her ex-husband Tony Lithur for damaging her reputation both domestically and internationally. Nana Oye Lithur was the Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection during the previous Mahama administration.

As a result, she is requesting US$1 million in exemplary damages and US$500,000.00 in ordinary damages.

The plaintiff claims that the 27-year-old marriage has damaged her reputation, and the legal action stems from the allegedly malicious elements of the divorce petition Mr. Lithur submitted on May 2, 2018.

Nana Oye Bampoh sues ex-husband, Tony Lithur

According to Nana Oye Banpoe Addo, this lie has purposefully incited public disdain, anger, and mockery toward her.

The media published the divorce petition in many ways, but it claimed that the plaintiff was an irresponsible mother, a cruel and violent person, a lazy person, and that she had committed activities that went against her ethical standards as a human rights attorney.

Nana Oye Bampoe Addo alleges that these assertions have intentionally damaged her reputation.

Plaintiff Nana Oye said that it was reasonable to interpret Mr. Lithur’s (Defendant) allegations that she is an adulterer, a violent and cruel philanderer, a human rights abuser, a terrible and evil person, and unable to hold public office.

In reference to the divorce petition, the former Gender Minister said her ex-husband accused her, as a human rights lawyer, of an act of cruelty and violence including pouring water, beating, slapping and using her fingernails to harm their domestic staff.

The plaintiff also added that, the claim by her ex-husband that she travelled to South Africa with an intention to buy an investment property between US$350,000 and US$500,000.00 as soon as leaving political office in 2017, could be inferred that she is not only corrupt but also abused her office to steal public money.

The suit, dated April 25, 2024 indicated that “Due to the false averments and publications of acquisition of investment property in South Africa by Defendant, the Office of the Special Prosecutor instituted investigations into corruption and corruption related offences, money laundering and illegal acquisition of property in South Africa against the Plaintiff, and Plaintiff was investigated and subsequently admitted to bail.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor published a pending case against the Plaintiff and Plaintiff had to engage legal services to defend herself.”

Nana Oye stated that, the Defendant published these defamatory words, knowing very well that it was not true, but with the sole intention to cause considerable damage to and to disparage her reputation.

According to her, the publication of the petition resulted in inundation of phone calls, insults and humiliation, avoiding certain public appearances, and quitting lecturing in some tertiary institutions.

Nana Oye said constantly she has to deal with answering embarrassing questions and humiliating treatments from strangers, associates, friends, family members, foreigners, some members of the international community, international acquaintances and colleagues.

The Plaintiff alleged that, before the marriage went down the hill, the Defendant told her that he will destroy her reputation and would make sure that by the time he was through with her, there will be no reputation for her to cling on.

The Plaintiff, therefore, contends that Mr. Lithur acted deliberately and maliciously in publishing the said defamatory words, which he knew were false.

Furthermore, the Defendant sought to and deliberately published false averments in his divorce petition and reply to annihilate, malign and destroy Plaintiff’s reputation, her professional career in human rights and her public life. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Lithur made the false claims when he knew there was no basis for the said defamatory statements and publications and he knew his averments and publications would be believed by the general public and beyond because of his stature as a senior lawyer. 

Nana Oye is seeking four reliefs; including general damages of US$500,000.00 in respect of libel contents contained in paragraph 8 and 9, and exemplary damages of US$1,000,000.00 for libel contents in the defendant/petitioner’s reliefs.

She also wants a perpetual injunction restraining the Defendant jointly and severally “either by himself and or his assign(s) from further making any averments or publishing or causing to be published, the said defamatory words or similar words.” 

The Plaintiff is seeking a retraction and apology to be published on social media including on Defendant’s facebook wall, the website of LithurBrew & Company, the Twitter (now X) and Instagram handles of Defendant, and all his social media handles and on the website of the Ghanaweb, together with the website of Joy FM, Peace FM and Citi FM.

Akosua Boatemaa

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