Agambire descends on Finder newspaper for publishing he is 'wanted' for tax default

Agambire descends on Finder newspaper for publishing he is 'wanted' for tax default
Source: Ghana | | GN
Date: 22-06-2017 Time: 04:06:29:am
Roland Agambire

Lawyers for the Group Chairman of Rlg Communication, Roland Agambire, are demanding a retraction and an apology from the Finder newspaper for publishing that Mr Agambire is wanted by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for defaulting tax obligations.

The paper reported last week that the national tax regulatory agency was on the heels of Mr Agambire for defaulting tax obligations to the tune of GH¢14,312,974.19.

According to the newspaper, ACI Construction Company Limited, a subsidiary of Rlg, is among some 14 delinquent taxpaying companies within Accra and Kumasi earmarked for distress action due to the tax defaults.

Related: Rlg CEO Agambire declared wanted over GHC14m unpaid taxes

Indications were that attempts to reach Mr Agambire to live up to his tax obligations proved futile.

However, in a spirited defence against the report, Mr Agambire’s lawyers are demanding an immediate retraction and an unqualified apology for the defamation of their client in the Wednesday, June 21, 2017 publication by John Elliot Hagan.

They want the retraction and apology given the same front page prominence as the initial defamatory publication within three days from the receipt of their notice.

According to them, the newspaper put up a false publication that was deliberately fabricated and sensationalized to defame Mr Agambire.

The solicitors contend that the publication has caused grave harm to the reputation of Mr Agambire.

“The defamatory publication has had a damaging effect on the reputation of our client by lowering him in the estimation of right-thinking members of the public and exposing him to public ridicule and contempt,” the solicitors said.

Furthermore, they want the GRA to state categorically that he owes no tax obligation to the Authority and has not declared Mr Agambire wanted.

Meanwhile, Joy News' checks reveal that the Kaneshie offices of the Rlg Communication are under lock and key.