Former NPP political activist turned “citizen vigilante on social media” A-Plus is facing criminal charges after he called a government official, a fool.
The statement of offence said the publication of the insults on Facebook constitutes a cyber offence and offensive conduct that breaches the peace.
A-Plus born Asare Obeng is a vituperative critic of the Akufo-Addo government which he has branded in no uncertain terms as corrupt.
In May 2019, he engaged in verbal exchanges with Stephen Asamoah Boateng who is Director-General of the newly created State Interests and Governance Authority (SIGA).
A-Plus proceeded to post a recording that contained insulting words directed at the Director-General of the authority.
The statement of offence mentioned the expletives which included, “fool, stupid, ugly, mad man.”
Inspector Emmanuel Ansah-Fianko who is prosecuting the case at the Circuit court in Accra said A-Plus in March 2019 had published on Facebook a post alleging that Asamoah Boateng had illegally appropriated a parcel of land.
That property reportedly belonged to a Ghanaian, Daniel Yeboah, who is resident in the US.
According to the facts of the case, Asamoah Boateng called Daniel Yeboah following A-Plus’ post and in the course of exchanges called Yeboah “Kwasia Mpenin’ to wit’ good for nothing.’
The Ghanaian in the US forwarded a voice note including the insult to A-Plus who also sent insulting private text messages to Stephen Asamoah Boateng.
Not to be undone, Asamoah Boateng replied with insults and A-Plus was more than happy to post the entire private chat on Facebook on May 31, 2019.
A-Plus admitted the offence and has been charged.
Stephen Asamoah Boateng has already sued A-Plus in June 2019 for defamation after he published insults and accusations between April 2, 2019, to May 24, 2019.
Asamoah Boateng has asked for “exemplary damages” and an unqualified apology among other reliefs.
A-Plus has said despite attending court sessions, his accuser routinely fails to show up.