Shatta Wale seeks out of court settlement in GH¢10 million suit

Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, otherwise known as Charles Nii Armah

Mensah Jnr, has made a plea for an out-of-court settlement in a GH¢10

million defamatory suit brought against him by an event organizing

company, Charter House.

Charter House and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Iyiola Ayoade,

dragged Shatta Wale to court on October 2, 2014 for defamation.

Further to that, counsel for the plaintiffs, Mr Egbert Faibille Jnr,

filed a motion for an interlocutory injunction that prayed the court

to restrain the defendant from further uploading and or making

defamatory comments about his client.

At the Fast Track High Court’s hearing in Accra yesterday, counsel for

the musician announced to the court that his client would prefer an

out-of-court settlement, but Mr Faibille opposed the move, on the

grounds that the defendant had not shown any sign of remorse to

warrant the settlement.

Opposition to the out-of-court settlement

Admitting that the defence team had last Friday written a letter

asking for an out-of-court settlement, Mr Faibille argued that Shatta

Wale had, after the institution of the suit against him, gone ahead to

cause the publication of more defamatory materials on his Facebook


That attitude, according to counsel, was a clear indication that the

defendant had not repented in any way.

Shatta Wale’s new video sought to portray that the plaintiffs filed

the suit because they were cash-strapped.

Restraining order

Following counsel’s submissions, the court, presided over by Ms Naa

Adoley Azu, granted Mr Faibille’s motion for interlocutory injunction

and subsequently restrained Shatta Wale and his agents from further

publishing defamatory materials about the plaintiffs.

The court also urged the defence team to take steps to concretise

their overtures for an out-of-court settlement.

It also directed it to file its defence in the event talks for the

settlement failed.


Charter House and Mr Ayoade took legal action after Shatta Wale had

accused them of being corrupt and thoughtless in his videos.

The videos also warned the plaintiffs to desist from denying musicians

from other regions of Ghana the needed recognition.

Reliefs being sought

A writ of summons accompanying the suit has prayed the court to order

the defendant to render an unqualified apology and retract each of the

four separate videos.

The plaintiffs further urged the court to allow them to approve

separate videos of the said retraction, which they said should remain

on the defendant’s Facebook wall for a month.

They are also praying the court to order Shatta Wale to send the

videos containing the said apologies to the media houses and online

portals that aired the defamatory videos complained of, at his


Perpetual injunction

Further to that, the plaintiffs are seeking an order for a perpetual

injunction restraining Shatta Wale from publishing defamatory

materials in the future.

Shatta Wale was absent in court but was represented by his father.

Hearing continues on November 3, 2014.

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Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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