Alhaji Umar Farouk Aliu Mahama, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament representing the Yendi constituency in the Northern region, has refuted allegations of assault levelled against him by Citi TV/FM correspondent Mohammed Aminu M. Alabira.
Farouk Mahama has declared his intention to take legal action against Alabira, stating that the accusation has severely damaged his reputation.
In response to the accusations, Farouk Mahama vehemently denied any physical altercation with Mohammed Alabira, emphasizing that the presence of numerous media personnel during the incident contradicts the notion that he singled out Alabira.
He firmly stated his innocence, highlighting that he had instructed his legal team to pursue defamation charges against Alabira.
”I leave you to God, but I will sue you. I never touched Mohammed. There were so many media men around, why would I slap him and why would he be the only person claiming that? I have instructed my lawyer to take legal action against Mohammed Aminu for defamation of character and they are currently working on it”
Farouk Mahama’s frustration stems from a complaint filed by Mohammed Alabira at the Yendi Divisional Police Command, alleging assault during the NPP primaries over the weekend.
Alabira claimed that while reporting live on the chaotic counting process, he was confronted by Farouk Mahama, who purportedly slapped him and had his supporters seize his phone.
Contrary to Alabira’s account, Farouk Mahama asserted that he was not present at the scene in question.
He emphasized his positive relationships with journalists, citing hospitality extended to media personnel at his residence.
Farouk Mahama reiterated his commitment to safeguarding his image and integrity, vowing to combat unfounded accusations that could tarnish his character.
Additionally, Farouk Mahama urged the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter, underscoring his desire for transparency and fairness in resolving the dispute.