Investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has denied ever demanding $100,000 as a bribe from Joseph Siaw Agyepong, the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies as alleged by Paul Adom-Otchere.
Paul Adom-Otchere shocked the whole of Ghana when he alleged on his “Good Evening Ghana” show that Manasseh Azure demanded a $100,000 from the Zoomlion boss to “kill” a story in 2016.
But in a Facebook post sighted by Fnn24.com, the investigative Journalist exposed and disgraced Paul Adom-Otchere and denied ever meeting Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong alone to demand the said amount of money.
“PAUL HAS LIED AGAIN…
MR. Ransford Tetteh, the former Editor of Daily Graphic, was at the reception of Joseph Siaw Agyepong in 2013 when I entered the meeting with Paul Adom Otchere, Robert Coleman and we met Joseph Siaw Agyepong together. Ransford Tetteh is not dead. I was investigating GYEEDA in 2013 and when I wrote to Zoomlion for information, it was Paul Adom Otchere, who called my editor, Elvis Kwashie, that the Zoomlion team wanted to meet me.
When I went to that meeting, I found Ransford Tetteh at the reception area. I sat with him and Paul until Robert Coleman called me and we all — Paul Adom Otchere, Robert Coleman and I – entered the meeting together and came out together. When Jospeh Siaw Agyepong gave me his card, I threw it away. I have never saved his number on my phone. I have never called him. And I have never met him since.
For Paul Adom Otchere to say I requested and met the man alone and that’s where the allegation came from is false. I now understand why Robert Nii Arday Clegg said Paul was evil.
I also have Paul Adom Otchere on tape telling me in December 2016 that this allegation in question came up in 2016. It has nothing to do with the 2013 meeting when Paul and Coleman were present. When the Zoomlion issue came up in November 2016 after the NPP press conference, I took up the matter and that’s when he called my colleague to lie about me. In that audio, Paul Adom Otchere admitted taking part in the 2013 meeting.
For emphasis, I have met Joseph Siaw Agyepong only once. And at that meeting, Paul Adom Otchere and Robert Coleman were present. I did not request to meet Joseph Siaw Agyepong alone. As I have stated, Ransford Tetteh of Daily Graphic was sitting at the reception area when we entered. Paul, Coleman and I entered that meeting. He is not dead. Anybody can ask him.
And there’s an audio that shows Paul is a liar.”