Bulldog sues Shatta Wale for defamation

Bulldog sues Shatta Wale for defamation

Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, has been sued by his former manager, Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, popularly referred to as Bulldog.

Bulldog is suing Shatta Wale for defamation after the musician threatened to expose his alleged secret involving the demise of late artiste manager, Fennec Okyere.

Bulldog sues Shatta Wale for defamation

In a social media post on Wednesday, November 2, the ‘My Level’ hitmaker wrote, “Bull Dog, since you are bringing out secrets, you will tell Ghanaians what happen to Fenicks (sic) Murder!! And I am not joking about this time!!” 

“I am ready to tell the court about what you told me about you and your men and how planned that foolish act, get ready. This Akufo Addo won’t give you a murder (sic) chance to be on our streets!!! Watch how this ends!!! You can’t fight time!!!”

In the courtroom paperwork filed at an Accra High Court, Bulldog’s attorneys indicated that these statements search to counsel that he deliberate, effected or had a hand in Mr Okyere’s demise.

Bulldog sues Shatta Wale for defamation

They added that Shatta Wale’s claims additionally meant  “that the Plaintiff is a criminal gangster and a danger to society and ought to be in jail (rather than walk freely in the streets).”

Also, “that his (the Defendant’s) claims in the publication are factual, truthful, and must be taken seriously by the public and law enforcement authorities.”

Bulldog sues Shatta Wale for defamation

They indicated that these statements have triggered a re-investigation into the demise of Mr Okyere by the police.

But, Bullgod’s crew insist that these statements are false, malicious and solely defames the artiste manager.

That’s not all, the attorneys cited other statements Shatta Wale has made which they consider to even be defamatory.

Bulldog sues Shatta Wale for defamation

They embrace claims that Bulldog had allegedly said former President Mahama requested him to procure gun men for a supposed job and in addition girls for him.

The attorneys noted that these statements implies that “the Plaintiff is a person who engages in illicit gun violence, contract killing and other related crimes,” and in addition “that the Plaintiff is in the trade of procuring, controlling, and arranging prostitutes in return for money and other material gains.”

Bulldog sues Shatta Wale for defamation

Thus, Bulldog is looking for a declaration from the courtroom that these statements and others highlighted within the go well with are defamatory and malicious.

He can be calling on the courtroom to direct Shatta Wale to retract his allegations and apologise to him.

Bulldog sues Shatta Wale for defamation

Bulldog is demanding that the ‘Ayoo’ hitmaker apologise “on all his social media pages or accounts, make a publication on seven consecutive days” including that “such retraction and apology to be vetted and approved by the Plaintiff’s lawyers.”

He can be looking for a perpetual injunction that hinders Shatta Wale from publishing any defamatory feedback about him.

Bulldog sues Shatta Wale for defamation

Among other issues Bulldog is looking for “general damages for defamation, special damages for defamation, punitive damages for malicious publication of falsehood against the Plaintiff, Cost, and any other orders or remedies that the Court may deem fit.”

Bulldog sues Shatta Wale for defamation

Background 

This comes practically per week after Shatta Wale threatened to reveal a secret Bulldog told him in relation to the demise of the artiste manager.

Th risk was in response to the leakage of the listing of artistes that includes on the tracks for Shatta Wale’s upcoming album, ‘Gift of God’ (GOG) by Bulldog.

The ‘Ayoo’ hitmaker said that he’s prepared to inform any courtroom what Bulldog told him in regards to the homicide of Fennec Okyere.

This caught the eye of Kwaw Kese whose profession Fennec Okyere managed before his passing in 2014.

He shared a screenshot of Shatta Wale’s post and called on the Police to get justice for his former manager.

The Police later released a statement noting that they had been in contact with Shatta Wale and hoped to get related information to help discover the wrongdoer.

Fennec Okyere’s demise

Fennec Okyere, who was the manager of Kwaw Kese, was murdered at his Manet Gardens residence on the Spintex Road, Accra on Thursday, March 13, 2014 by unknown assailants. He died at age 31.

Following his demise, Bulldog, born Lawrence Nana Asiama Hanson, was picked up by the Police Criminal Investigative Department (CID).

He was arrested in Kokomlemle, a suburb of Accra, as a suspect within the demise of Fennec Okyere.

This was as a result of Bulldog who had common beefs with Fennec Okyere, had supposedly threatened him in an interview on radio.

While on the Police cost sheet Bulldog was to face the cost of conspiracy to commit homicide, his plea was not taken.

In 2017, the Bullhaus Entertainment CEO was free of the costs in relation with the alleged homicide, with then Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo saying the state was now not involved in prosecuting Bulldog over the alleged homicide of Fennec Okyere.

This was contained within the A-G’s recommendation on the case docket. Kwaw Kese registered his unhappiness about the event.

“Even the prosecutors were not going to court. I believe our security system is very weak,” a really disillusioned Kwaw Kese told Lexis Bill in an interview on Behind the Fame on Drive Time on Joy FM in 2018.

But, Bulldog has persistently maintained that he’s harmless, thus had no hand within the passing of Fennec Okyere.

According to him, the jabs they threw at each other had been aimed at selling their artistes and in addition to stay related as managers.

In a 2022 interview on Hitz FM, Bulldog maintained his innocence including that he by no means threatened Fennec Okyere, regardless of their disagreements.

Meanwhile, Shatta Wale is predicted to reply to the go well with eight days after he has been served.

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