For the second time in a row, the Court of Appeal has thrown out an appeal application against Nii Odartey Lamptey filed by his ex-wife Gloria Appiah, in her bid to possess the ex-Black Stars player’s seven-bedroom East Legon mansion.
The Court of Appeal, a year ago, threw out an appeal filed by Ms. Gloria Appiah, over the ownership of the same property.
In the first appeal, Gloria Appiah went to the Court of Appeal praying the appellate body to give her ownership of her ex-husband’s property, as part of her compensation after their failed marriage.
The appeal was made after an Accra High Court ordered Ms. Appiah to vacate the house and hand it over to her ex-husband.
Unhappy with the ruling, she petitioned the Court of Appeal to overturn the ruling of the High Court.
But all three judges who sat on the appeal ruled in favor of the ex-footballer and asked Ms. Appiah to move out as soon as possible.
Mr. Lamptey and his ex-wife’s marriage turned sour when he discovered that he was not the biological father of all his three children.
The wife had demanded that Mr. Lamptey send their first daughter abroad for further studies and when Mr. Lamptey refused, citing the high cost of schooling abroad, Ms. Appiah become unhappy and filed for a divorce.
Suspecting his wife of being unfaithful, Mr. Lamptey secretly had DNA tests conducted on all the three children, the results of which came out negative, proving that they were not his.
Ms. Appiah demanded 50% of Mr. Lamptey’s property including the house.
Mr. Lamptey, now married to Ruweida Yakubu, has three children of his own – two girls, and a boy.
Speaking to journalists on 13 July 2020 after the first Court of Appeal decision a year ago, Nii Odartey Lamptey said: “I feel happy now because it’s been over seven years of legal battle but I thank God that finally, her appeal against me has been thrown out and the court has ordered her to vacate my mansion. It has not been easy at all but I thank the Lord Almighty for a battle well-fought. I thank my lawyers, Kizito Beyuo & Iris K. Aggrey-Orleans for a great job [done].”
The ex-footballer also said: “It’s my prayer that nobody experiences this kind of situation because it can easily ruin your life”.
Celebrating today’s (Thursday, 15 July 2021) victory, Mr. Odartey Lamptey, in a similar fashion, told Accra-based Kasapa FM’s reporter Alexander Anyankwaa after the court proceedings that: “It’s been eight years of litigation but I am grateful to God for always being there for me. A few people survive in this kind of situation but thank Him I am alive and kicking. I will also want to use this opportunity to thank each and everyone who supported me throughout this battle.”
In June 2017, the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Cecilia Don-Chebe Agbevey, ordered Ms. Appiah to vacate the East Legon property.
Mr. Lamptey was ordered by the court to settle Ms. Appiah with alimony of GHS200,000, a car, and his four-bedroom house at Dome.
The eight-year court battle started in 2013 after the DNA report gave Ms. Appiah away.
The test was sparked by a demand by Ms. Appiah that Nii Odartey Lamptey sends their supposed first daughter abroad to further her studies at a cost of £26,000 a year for three years.
After he objected to the demand and insisted the girl attend the University of Ghana, Legon, things went awry and Ms. Appiah filed for a divorce, forcing the ex-footballer to secretly take samples from the three children for the DNA test.