The case of a woman suing the chief finance officer of a bank for allegedly breaching an agreement to look after her came up again at the High Court in Accra, with tangential issues getting in the way of the substantive matter.
At the first court hearing, Justice Olivia Obeng Owusu, who was in charge, told the parties in the case to send in written arguments so that the court could get to the heart of the matter.
But when the case was called yesterday, the lawyers for the man who was being sued by Deborah Seyram Adablah had filed an application asking for permission to file a new affidavit to back up their written submission.
The application was brought to the court’s attention by the lawyer for Ernest Kwasi Nimako, who is the Chief Finance Officer of the bank where the young woman did her national service and against whom she is suing for sexual harassment.
But Mohammed Attah, the lawyer for the plaintiff, told the court that his client had also filed an application to fight Nimako’s application.
Counsel said that Nimako’s lawyers didn’t say exactly which parts of his affidavit they wanted to respond to.
He added that Nimako’s lawyers ought to have filed the supplementary affidavit as of right because that was the practice.
That was contested by Nimako’s lawyer, Ama Opoku Amponsah.
She argued that the court was not aware of the counsel’s position that they ought to have attached a proposed supplementary affidavit.
The presiding judge, Justice Owusu, adjourned the case to April 6, 2023.
She urged counsel for Adablah to serve the bank with his written submissions.
She is expected to make a decision on the Nimako’s applications, which asked for permission to file a new affidavit to back up their written submission.
In a suit dated January 23, 2023, filed at the Accra High Court, Adablah contends that her “sugar daddy,” Ernest Kwasi Nimako, agreed to buy her a car, pay for her accommodation for three years, give her a monthly stipend of GH3,000, marry her after divorcing his wife, and also give her a lump sum to start a business.
It is her case that Nimako, although he bought the car and registered it in his (sugar daddy’s) name, has taken the car back, denying her access to use it after about a year of enjoying the Honda Civic, worth GH120,000, while he also paid for only one year’s worth of accommodation, even though he had promised to pay for three years.
Adablah, who claims that she was forced into the relationship during the period she did her national service at the bank where Ernest Kwasi Nimako works, has also accused Nimako of abuse, sexual harassment, maltreatment, exploitation, and lowering her reputation.
The plaintiff is seeking an order from the court directing the “sugar daddy” to transfer the title of the car into her name and also give her back the car.
She is also asking the court to order the defendant to pay her the lump sum to enable “her to start a business to take care of herself as agreed by the plaintiff and the defendant.”